Nambusi is a mother of 8 children and has also been taking care of other children in her home. Most of the children she has cared for have grown and some have gotten married and started families of their own.
Even though Nambusi was caring for children informally, she was glad to undergo a foster care training that was conducted by Child’s i Foundation and this improved her knowledge about parenting, children’s rights and her obligations as a foster parent.
“I was contacted by Ruth, a social worker, to foster a one-month-old child that was abandoned. This is my first time fostering formally and I request for more children,” Nambusi says.
With Nambusi’s big heart to help, she believes that in her lifetime, she will have contributed so much to child care in her village.
“We received baby Harry in January 2022. He was abandoned by his mother who left him for several days in the care of the father,” Naigaga, Social Worker.
Both parents were unable to care for the child because they were involved in alcohol and substance abuse hence he was referred to us for temporal care and support. We were able to provide clothing, milk and medical care.
When Nambusi received the child, she was a little concerned about Harry’s welfare given that he wasn’t weaned off breastfeeding. Her fears were rested when the child responded well to the feeding and the love he received.
“The child is jolly and trying to crawl, eats very well and we connected. I’m happy that the child’s family was found and soon he will be reunited with her paternal grandparents,” Nambusi says.
“All parents should open their homes to foster children because all children should know that they are protected by their parents in all forms,”Nambusi.
Baby Harry is being prepared to return to Nebbi District to his paternal grandparents who are happy to receive him.
Our Foster parents go through foster care training to learn about parenting, responsibilities of a foster parent, children rights, feeding, and inclusivity for those with children living with disabilities. It’s through these training sessions where the parents are also prepared for a time when a child has to be reunified or placed back with relatives.
“With continuous engagements with the foster parents, they have learnt to appreciate the need for children being with their parents or kin. We talk to them and in most cases they are happy though seeing the children go is hard,” Naigaga Ruth- Social worker.