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Care & Aftercare

Problems Faced by Care-Leavers

CCIs take care of a human till they turn 18, after which the law says they are majors. As we know, that’s no age to strike out on one’s own yet – with education unfinished, a home not found, and no skills to make a living with.

At WeLive Foundation, we help them bridge the transition into full, responsible adulthood through our aftercare program. Talented and enthusiastic, these Children in Need of Care and Protection (CNCP) only lack the necessary guidance and resources to pursue their aspirations. That’s where aftercare matters.

“I feel like a nomad. I have been placed in five different homes and I have no stability. I have no friends and I feel detached from everyone now.” A 20-year-old Care Leaver

Residing in CCIs, care-leavers have their basic needs for food, shelter and safety met, with little to no mentorship on entering adult life. Once out of a care home, and unable to make informed decisions or handle social pressures without a fallback, they find themselves trapped in a vicious cycle of abusive situations at home and work. This is tragically evident during the critical period between the ages of 18 and 23, where support and guidance can make a huge difference towards financial, emotional, and social independence.

This is where WeLive Foundations hope to make a difference.

An important component of aftercare is emotional well-being, with most of our young people being either

  • Orphaned, abandoned or from families at risk;
  • Victims of physical and sexual abuse or other exploitation;
  • Having experienced conflict with the law; or
  • Having physical or intellectual disabilities, mental illness, affected by HIV/AIDS or tuberculosis.

“It is not easy. Since I left my CCI, every single day brings a new problem and there are times when I am not even prepared to face it and want to give up. Life is not simple for us.” Care Leaver