For many families living in poverty, direct assistance is sometimes required in the form of emergency grants for health needs or basic living requirements and food. Such support can often be just what a family needs to prevent it from slipping into crisis and despair. The Family Support Fund has gained recognition from the local community for being the place to receive assistance in obtaining national social services available, strategic guidance as well as in kind and counseling support.
♦ To provide for children individual, collective, psychological, or family counseling (according to the need).
♦ To provide legal advice to the families of the Mabarrat children and the local community.
♦ To provide financial and in-kind support when critically needed to the families of the children at the Mabarrat and families in the local community
♦ To monitor children’s behavior and to develop appropriate support to improve their behavior if necessary.
♦ To provide emotional and psychosocial support for staff of the Mabbarat.
♦ Children of the Mabarrat
♦ Families of the children from the Mabarrat
♦ Underprivileged families from the local community
♦ Internal staff
BRINGING FAMILIES TOGETHER
Acting in the best interest of each child can often mean, when possible, reuniting him with his parents and extended family, or at least strengthening relations and facilitating contact. Finding family-based solutions is a top priority. The Mabarrat helps many families deal with the complex psychological, social and financial challenges that they face in order to repair the family unit when possible, or to at least improve the situation. This in turn brings profound benefits, not only to the boys themselves, but also to their families and communities.
Recognizing how important it is to also address the needs of girls within local communities, the Mabarrat launched a program specifically targeting at-risk-girls, between the ages 15 and 24. The goal of this initiative is to give girls the skills and knowledge that they need to help them overcome the main social and economical challenges that they face, which in turn make them vulnerable. At-risk-girls may encounter domestic violence and abuse, and may be forced into early marriages. Training and advisory services improve employability, increase confidence, expand personal choices and improve their overall living conditions.