Integrated Child Development Program (ICDP)
The Integrated Child Development Program (ICDP) works on three main fronts to capacitate Caregivers and lead to the sustainable improvement of the lives of the children in the greater Lobamba Lomdzala constituency. Psycho-Social Support, Restorative Justice and Social Connectedness encourages and supports children in integrating into their communities inside and outside of their traditional family structures to find better academic or economic opportunities, gain confidence in themselves and the institutions around them. Moya’s ICDP program endeavors to inspire children and youth to formulate their own goals through identifying and utilizing opportunities that arise. The ICDP also focuses on Education to strengthen the future of the local children and increase the capacities of the community Caregivers. Education deals with Preschool and Early Childhood Development, Afternoon Clubs for primary school aged children who want to study after school, Youth Clubs for life skills training for in and out of school youth, and giving Sponsored Children financial, social, and academic support so they can get through school. Finally, through the application of Permaculture principles Moya hopes to instigate and encourage productive and diverse local gardens. While Swazi culture has deep roots in the culture of agriculture, the Permaculture program at the Moya Centre hopes to bring the means of comprehensive food production closer to home and foresees a future “fair share” practice that embraces the nutritional needs of the most vulnerable children and elders in the community.
Since 2009 the Moya Centre has served as an after school program for Primary School students in the area. Monday through Friday after school the Moya Centre opens its doors for:
- Assistance in English and Mathematics
- Stories with a test at the end to measure reading and listening comprehension
- Life skills such as cleanliness and general health for those that need them
- Lessons on Social Connectedness
- Restorative Justice when conflicts occur between students while they are at the Moya Centre.
- Martial Arts for a dedicated group of children
Afternoon Club Tutors
Sensei Sdumo Dludlu
Vuyisile looked out the window one day to see three naked children, ages two to five walking with their father to meet their mother in front of the Moya Centre. When asked by Vuyisile as to why the children were unclothed, their father blamed their mother and accused her of locking their children in the house by themselves for an entire weekend with no food or water while he was working in Nhlangano. Vuyisile offered to come by the homestead; she arrives later with two other Caregivers to find the mother and father in the midst of a physical altercation in front of the children. The three Moya representatives invite the fighting couple to come to the Moya Centre and engage in Restorative Justice. Once there, the father again accuses the woman of neglecting their children and in response the mother asked the man to pack his things and leave their rented home for fear of her own safety and that of the children. Vuyisile offers to drive the mother to her parental home where the Moya Centre talks with the mother’s family and it is agreed that the children come live with them and their mother. The PSS department later discovers that a neighbor had come regularly to the rescue of the children when they were heard crying. It also became clear that the woman was an alcoholic and the owner of the house the family was renting from was afraid to throw the abusive mother out of the house for fear of the effect it would have on the children. As of now the couple is divorced but their father still supports his children at their maternal home; the owner of the rented house has thanked Moya for resolving the issue.
A girl from Lobamba Lomdzala High School was excluding herself from everyone else at school. Whilst those at school were reportedly too afraid to approach her, one male Peer Supporter came to her with a book to read some stories and open a dialogue. After awhile the Peer Supporter asked what the reason for her isolation is and the girl began to cry. The male Peer Supporter told some female Peer Supporters of the situation and they approached the girl. The lone girl revealed to her new friends that both of her parents had recently passed away and some boys from her neighborhood were abusing her verbally because of it. At that point the girl was so afraid of other people that she fetched water at odd times to avoid being teased, mainly about her clothing. The Peer Supporters brought the case to Vuyisile who used the Social Connectedness tool to open the dialogue further. After some counseling from Vuyisile and second-hand clothes from Moya the girl is back to a healthy level of self-confidence and will be going to the next form of High School this coming year.
A 16-year old high school girl was impregnated by her boyfriend. When her father found out he threw her out of the house and took her to the boy’s homestead. The mother of the girl reported the situation to Vuyisile. Vuyisile approached the father and over three RJ sessions it was revealed that he was mad that his only daughter had become pregnant. That he had already paid her school fees yet she might not be able to finish her year of school also added to his aggravation. After this key concern was addressed by the Moya Center through finding a place for the girl to write her exams at the end of the year, mostly all was forgiven by all parties. The girl’s father thanked Moya for intervening and allowing him to think clearly about his feelings on the situation and for making sure she wrote her exams. The girl is back home, but her father has said that the expected child will not stay with them and instead stay at the father’s homestead. Vuyisile has vowed to rectify this to keep mother with child but knows that the father is too angry right now to change his mind and so she will address the situation in further RJ sessions.
A Moya Caregiver came across a seven year old boy who was living with his aunt and being taken care of by his blind grandmother. His father had passed away and his mother had abandoned him and he was not attending Preschool. The boy was brought to the Preschool at the Moya Centre where he was found to be physically stunted, had ringworm, low self-esteem, and was not immunized. Through the help of the ECD Caregivers he was taken care of, immunized, is no longer afraid of interacting with others, and is now attending Primary school.