During the early years of founding Tutela, we took time to find the right model;
We wanted an approach that's best for the context of vulnerable children in Mozambique. During our research, we discovered a form of foster care that has been implemented in various townships in South Africa, created by a child protection organisation called Home from Home.
By visiting Home from Home and spending some time witnessing their foster care first hand, we became convinced that their approach could be used and adapted for the context of Mozambique. It is a tried and tested model that has had over 20 years of success.
Tutela has formed a partnership with our friends at Home from Home and are following their expertise to create safe and caring family-like homes.
Since launching the first foster home, we have been on a steep learning curve
Tutela aims to provide high quality care for these vulnerable children, we don't just want to provide the mere basics, we want to reverse the trauma that they've faced and give them a better start in life. With this in mind, we are taking the time to grow steadily into a successful model of care.
The first home was launched in a neighbourhood on the outskirts of Maputo. We are now due to launch our second home in October 2019 in a different neighbourhood, and then the third home is planned for 2020, again in a new neighbourhood. Hence the three homes are separated from each other, embedded in normal Mozambican communities.
Launching the three foster homes will complete our pilot phase, which allows us to test our approach and effectiveness before expanding our work and reaching more children.
Our partnerships with other child protection agencies both in Mozambique and also South Africa, enables us to build on their success and benefit from their experience. Working with others is one of Tutela's core values.