Resourcing the family- securing our children’s future
Many parents need equipping to be able to parent their children effectively. Every 3 months a group of parents of families who have received their child home, are brought to our Halfway House – Bethany. Over a 2 or 3 day period they are given seminars on parenting, business development, farming, guidance and counselling. This not only empowers them, but equips them to go back in to their own Communities and impact lives there.
Care givers include parents and grandparents who take time out to attend our equipping parents’ seminar. Several issues are addressed including how we are exploring ways of generating income at Bethany Halfway House. We encourage the caregivers to apply what they’ve seen by using their small pieces of land and work toward food security. Lack of adequate food at home is one of the reasons that push children to the streets. Every skill they get will make them better parents to give their children a secure future.
Augustine (one of our young men) shared his story with the parents during our Equipping Parents Seminar in November. His appreciation for the TKW TEAM and all the help and guidance he has been given over the years is big. He said it still helps him today, when things are difficult and he urged the parents to give careful attention to the training. He also said, ‘Dear parents please take care of your children because at times it’s the mistake of the parent that drives a child to the streets’. Who would have known 12 years ago that Augustine would become a voice to the voiceless! Grace said, ‘Let’s build our children, to build our nation. As I stood with Augustine, I remembered the 12- hour journey to Western Kenya that we made in November 2000 as we reintegrated Augustine with his family. Today he stood with me as a testimony of the work of restoration’.
’As parents, we are our children’s role models and they reflect our lifestyle positively or negatively’’. This was said during the session on ‘the value of a child’. The parents were urged to give their children values that will help them make choices and decisions. More is ‘caught than taught’.
It was great to welcome Elizabeth and Joyce, two grandmothers from Molo, who joined us at one of our seminars. They are looking after their grandchildren: Gabriel Kihiyu and Joseph Karanja. They came for training because they want to know, ‘How can we help our grandchildren succeed in life?’ It has not been easy to carry the responsibility of being a guardian.”At some point early in the morning I had to look for Gabriel on the streets,” says Elizabeth while Joyce shared how challenging it has been to take care of Joseph who needs regular medication. Equipping Parents Program has really encouraged them not to give up on their grandsons who have a great future. They carry the big responsibility for these children’s future – how they reflect strong values to live by. Now both Gabriel and Joseph are settling well at home, reports Wambui.
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