We’re really proud to have supported our local partner to make this transition to family based care from residential care. So, what’s the difference?
Family based care, when well supported and delivered, provides the individualised, consistent care children need. It values the whole individual, helping girls thrive with counselling, life skills development, schooling, sport and social activities, vocational training and career coaching - all part of our local partner’s program.
Family based care allows girls to be girls - ones who love Bollywood movies, dancing and hair braids.
It also provides a role model in Binsa. She models healthy relationships, open communication and resilience. She builds trust and self-confidence.
While family based care is often the best alternative, it can’t replace a child’s biological family. Our priority is always to keep families together. Where this is not possible, our local partner works closely with a girl’s family, while she is in care, towards reintegration. We’re proud to say that one of Binsa’s girls was reintegrated with her mother this year.
Meet Tara, our 2018 Youth Ambassador!
Tara is in Year 10 at St Catherine’s School in Sydney. Earlier this year, she travelled with her classmates to Nepal on our Youth to Youth Program, a peer to peer learning program connecting Australian high school students with girls of a similar age at our partner, Asha Nepal.
This year’s program focused on celebrating strengths and breaking the cycle of negative thinking, delivered through games and group activities designed to model learning through discovery and build independence, self-confidence, and interpersonal skills.
We’ll let Tara tell you more about it.
By understanding what most of the girls had gone through and after seeing how resilient and how much determination they have to shape their lives into something positive, my perspective of the world has changed. One of the key messages, which I learnt from my time at Asha, was how important it is to be grateful for the good things you have in your life.