Children’s Homes

TWCFN was established to rescue and care for OVC. It’s goal in Nigeria is to locate children that fall under specified OVC criteria, and rescue them, thus greatly improving the quality of their lives. TWCFN seeks to provide long term safety, security and love to the children accepted into its life-cycle approach program by providing them with a loving home environment, food/shelter/clothing, education, medical care, and psychosocial support/counselling. A life-cycle approach is one that takes into account all the necessary domains of life mentioned above, providing quality living and opportunity for children, until adulthood at grade school completion. The things that are expected to be provided by parents under normal conditions. TWCFN has been created to provide not only relief to the target group of OVC but also to ensure available opportunity to succeed in life and become a positive contributing member of society on a community, country and global scale. We believe anything is possible. While TWCFN is founded on Christian principles, it is open to all the Spirit of Christ, irrespective of their race, ethnicity, language, tribe, religion, gender or academic status.

TWCFN developed specified goals and objectives and criteria to target the OVC who would best be suitable for this program through extensive research. The criteria parallels the Nigerian ‘National Guidelines and Standards of Practice on Orphans and Vulnerable Children, January (2007)’, the UN Human Rights and Child Rights Act, and the Canadian Child Rights Act. TWCFN targets the most serious cases of children who have faced trauma and loss, abuse and neglect, abandonment, child trafficking, and or are subject to dangerous and unethical cultural/traditional rituals and practices. These Children fall under two categories, the double orphaned category (no living mother or father), or orphaned and severely vulnerable. TWCFN’s policy is to follow a case-by-case assessment of each child/situation presented to them with thorough investigation.

OVC whose cases have been reviewed and are accepted into our program generally fall between the ages of 1 year old, to 6 years old. This is due to the nature of our program and its goals. Psychologically, children recover from their traumatic pasts the younger they are and recovery is what we are aiming for. As noted above however, there is a case-by-case assessment.

Children accepted to the program will be placed into a home that has no more than five other children, two full-time staff, and as needed, also part-time staff. They will grow up in that home, not being shifted anywhere else unless in the case of unforeseen circumstance. There are visiting hours provided for extended relatives, Eze’s, spiritual leaders and/or qualified outsiders. These hours are typically on Saturday afternoons. When the children are in their secondary school years, discussion will ensue as to what future career possibilities are open for them, and upon graduation from SS3 they will have the option of returning to their extended family, (or where they came from), going to post-secondary school, learning a trade, or possibly being hired into the organization. Depending on the age the children are admitted into the program, and how quickly they catch up at school, are factors that will determine their options when done SS3. Also it should be noted that it is possible that not all the children will succeed in school. We will do our best to give them strong life skills and social capabilities.