Our Homes

Family-based care for abandoned children

Drawing on the depth of experience from two key partners, Tutela follows a specific model of family-based care for abandoned children, establishing foster homes within the local communities and neighbourhoods of Mozambique. It is important to preserve a child's cultural heritage and enable them to continue a relationship with any surviving biological family whenever possible.

Tutela offers an alternative to institutional care

A formal approach to family-based care does not yet exist in Mozambique. Many of the country's most vulnerable children are still being raised in differing standards of institutional care. We don't believe these environments provide the best opportunity for youngsters to flourish. Rather, we believe the very best start in life is for children to experience a happy, secure home with a loving family.

Tutela homes are integrated in Mozambican society

Our foster homes are spread amongst the neighbourhoods and districts of the capital city, Maputo, located in the more disadvantaged communities. The homes are integrated in Mozambican society, where the children are exposed to Mozambican culture and ways of life. The foster carers provide a family environment with attentive parental care, plus a safe, secure space to learn and grow.

Tutela partners with child protection agencies

We have formed partnerships with two child protection agencies who have a wealth of experience that we draw on:

 Home from Home is a child protection agency located in Cape Town, South Africa, who have a successful model of foster care and oversee more than 30 cluster foster homes. Drawing on their advice and guidance, Tutela is able to make a success of the foster homes.

 Iris Ministries are an international NGO located in Maputo and have been protecting children for 20 years in Mozambique. Their experience with child social welfare as well as their relationship with Social Services in Maputo has enabled Tutela to launch its activities successfully.


 

An African Proverb says ‘it takes a village to raise a child’. We agree

 

Families do best when they are supported. This has been Jonny and Becky's experience while living in Mozambique for 11 years:

“We have seen for ourselves the amazing care that local Mozambicans' offer as we’ve raised our own children within the local community in Maputo. Our children have benefitted from the love and attention shown to them from neighbours and friends. Through these relationships we have better understood the Mozambican culture and way of life.

For Tutela to be a success it was essential that we got to know the local culture as much as possible. We wanted to be able to provide the most appropriate support to foster-families.” - Becky Wakely

 

Our provisional target is to establish six foster-homes in Maputo by the end of 2020

Last Updated: 18 August 2018

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