In the initial stages of identifying children in need, we form a collaborative relationship with the people in the slums and vulnerable communities of Kampala and the surrounding slum areas. We visit the slums and local communities weekly and hold social activities ranging from soccer matches, medical outreaches and children’s camps in order to build relationships with the children and learn about their backgrounds.
This allows us to identify children who are most at risk and begin to implement strategies to rescue them from their current problematic situations for a better life.
Other children are brought into the Mercy Child Care home through direct communication with our social workers. Concerned guardians and good Samaritans within the community may also contact us about children they know who need help. Our social workers then go on ground and do a family assessment and make a recommendation on how best we can help the child. Children are admitted into MCCM according to who has the greatest need and is the most vulnerable.
In the case of abandoned babies; police, probation officers, local authorities and other community members notify Mercy of their individual situations and bring them into our care.