Giving children a space to heal
The Cece Yara Child Advocacy Centre Shelter provides a safe environment for children between the age of 3 and 18 years who are survivors of sexual abuse and their non-offending family members where necessary for up to 8 weeks, giving the individuals or families enough time to heal and continue with life. The shelter provides a healthy environment where children who have suffered from sexual abuse and their non-offending family members, who remain at risk, can be accommodated temporarily while they are provided with legal, psycho-social, medical and emotional help and eventually re-integrated into the society.
Our shelter which can conveniently house 28 children at a time and consists of a sitting room, a dining room, a kitchen, two female dormitories, one male dormitory and a family room, ensures that every child has access to our services: psycho – social assessment, case management, group counselling session, interactive plays, supportive counselling, legal advocacy, food, clothing, referrals and supportive assistance from other agencies we are affiliated with. We also ensure that during their stay in the shelter, their education is not adversely affected.
- To ensure that children arriving at a shelter are able to leave behind them a tense relationships and dangerous environment exposing them to emotional, verbal, physical and sexual abuse.
- To ensure that children in the shelter are integrated into a safe and protected home without any of the violent symptoms they were accustomed to.
- To ensure that children have access to child psychologist during counselling session while children participate in-group discussions with other children who had undergone similar experiences in their homes.