The KidzNet network forges ahead while more Christian Children’s Home sign up to be a part of this vibrant group.
The regular seminars dealt with a variety of subjects ranging from:
Procedures for registering a home, the importance of connections with Childcare and Probation, Government offices, preparing a vision, mission and creating a three year plan, along with an introduction to budgeting and being accountable.
The April seminar was addressed by the Director of Childcare and Probation who presented “Understanding the heart of a child.” It was coupled with procedures and requirements of maintaining a log book and record keeping.
In June the Director of Childcare and Probation, detailed the requirements for registration and the children’s homes daily running regulations set by the department.
Relief and micro-grant application procedures for initiating a children’s home and empowerment for future standards was part of the training programme.
The KidzNet web site was launched to facilitate the rapid dissemination of information to the expanding network.
In September the subject was “Leadership within the home.” This dealt with how kids should be dealt with who are entrusted into the care of homes.
“Dream Weavers” instilled into the members the necessity and value of having a vision and a mission.
The initiation of Relief and Micro-grants took place. Information and the method by which each home could identify the categories of the type of grant for which they should apply were discussed. A workshop and activity helped members understand the application of these grants.
Much has been accomplished in this inaugural year. KidzNet is now networking with 25 homes, training over 50 directors and managers - who work in four provinces - and indirectly care for over 600 children. And this is just the beginning. The whole team now looks forward with great expectation to more expansion in the areas of empowerment, capacity building, grassroots training, disbursement of both relief and micro-grants and child sponsorship assistance. The marching orders for the KidzNet staff are clearly defined, yet greatly accommodating in order to meet the ever expanding needs within the KidzNet network. The small yet devoted team is steadfast in their desire to serve Jesus by blessing those who work on the front lines of Christian residential care in Sri Lanka. KidzNet has been blessed to be a blessing in order to ensure that every child in Christian Residential Care in Sri Lanka is offered an opportunity to walk in the true hope and future Jesus has prepared for them.
With the formulation of Suwashakthi the ladies are found busy in a variety of activities. As the object of the club is to empower women, training in several fields is underway.
They enjoy learning to make confectionaries, paper bags and some are following a course in sewing.