Moses is a 14 years old who began living with his grandmother when his mother was unable to support him and his four siblings after his father abandoned them. However his grandmother still struggled to raise the school fees for the family and he therefore would often miss school, go hungry and was put to work to earn money.
One day he was beaten by his grandmother after not doing his chores and was so traumatised by it that he ran away from home to the city streets. There, in order to survive he picked up bad habits such as pick pocketing and stealing and became addicted to drugs.
He was approached by our street outreach social workers whilst on the streets and was referred to our residential Halfway Home, where he received care, counselling and support to be resettled back to his family home. However, he soon began to meet with his friends on the local streets and his bad habits re-emerged including drug misuse. One day arriving home late and fearing another beating, he ran away again. He began selling scrap and plastic bottles to make money to survive and feed his addiction.
A second chance
Eventually, Moses was found by S.A.L.V.E. social workers at a local police station and he was referred to our Drug Rehabilitation Centre after agreeing to support. There he engaged well in the counselling and therapy sessions and had medical care from our nurse.
Moses had a home visit supported by S.A.L.V.E. Resettlement staff and was warmly welcomed by his mother. She also received family counselling and was guided on how she could best support Moses to remain settled at home. Moses also completed our Permaculture training whilst undergoing rehabilitation that he could use back at his family home.
Moses has received several follow ups from his case worker and the feedback has been positive every time. Moses’ behaviour is greatly improved and the family are getting along well. He has been putting the Permaculture lessons into practice and been growing vegetables that are sold to raise money towards school fees for Moses’ and his siblings. He thanks S.A.L.V.E. for not giving up on him.
*Name changed in line with our Child Protection Policy