Ahuva Good Shepherd

Small Group Care

In the course of caring for the girls in Ahuva Good Shepherd – Children’s Home, we learnt that while there are similarities in their family backgrounds and the issues that precipitated their placing with us, each child responds differently. After many dialogues with stakeholders, including the Ministry of Social and Family Development (MSF), Ahuva Good Shepherd – Small Group Care (SGC) was birthed.

A Cosy Loving Home
By May 2017, intensive training for staff were rolled out. Besides being imbued with Marymount Centre’s mission and vision, staff received training in team-building, food and hygiene, basic first-aid, skills and techniques in caring for abused children, and trauma- informed care. We assiduously took staff through Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) to ensure a safe and justice based standard of care for the children. Other courses included child development, supervision, crisis response and support, risk assessment and management of aggression.
Care & Shelter For Girls
Mentally prepared after the vigorous training, freshly minted staff of SGC received its first child on 12 July 2017. Most, if not all of these children arrive at SGC with few belongings but with broken spirits and heavy hearts. They have experienced abuse in one form or another. SGC provides care and shelter for girls aged between 7 and 12 years, assessed by MSF to have moderate to high needs. For these young survivors of abuse and trauma, individual care plans in a warm and loving home setting with fewer residents is more conducive for their healing and recovery. The capacity of SGC is 15; typical length of stay is about 18 months.

Perhaps an excerpt of a letter from an ex-resident, published with her mother’s permission would give you a glimpse of SGC:-

“I am writing this letter just to tell how I felt about my stay under your care. There has been a lot of ups and downs but there was the staff and my caseworker for support. They knew that I needed the most help during my difficult situation. They would also recommend me new choices to try to make me feel comfortable. At first, I was always nervous about everyone judging me but when I started getting used to the staff’s created games, I really enjoyed it. At that point of time, I needed my mother the most, but when I felt sad upon missing my mom, they would come and cheer me up and I would forget that I was even depressed. I really miss the whole fun and also I made very good friends. My caseworker knew what was best for me, so I always trusted her and really counted on her. I learnt a lot staying with some strangers who did not make me feel that they were strangers.”