Aged just 2 and 7, Aisha* and Leila* came to Windermere showing
severe signs of trauma due to living with parents who were dealing
with alcohol and drug addiction.
Rather than being placed in foster care, their Aunty Nima* offered to
look after them. It was only when the children moved in with her that
Nima began to realise that she too had grown to accept family violence as part of her life. The violence that had previously been directed at her now began to include the children. With no access to funds, Nima and the two girls had to escape the family home.
Fortunately, Windermere was able to provide Nima, Aisha and Leila
with a Family Violence Support Package, which enabled them to
relocate to safe accommodation. For the very first time the children
had access to a GP, dentist and much needed glasses.
Now resettled, Nima adores both the girls and says:
“I can’t believe how far they’ve come. They feel so much better and so happy. I never thought that we could live like this”.
*names have been changed for privacy reasons
I respect each child's individuality and needs and want to help them feel safe and secure so they can grow and learn in a natural environment. The early years are the foundations of learning for the rest of their lives.
Learning in a step by step process that we have to follow, we can’t reach the last step without stepping the first step. If we as educators succeed in building trust and connectivity then learning is fun. “To be in your children’s memories tomorrow, you have to be in their lives today”.
(Through Kids on Track) I learnt more about how drugs and alcohol affect our bodies. I don't want to end up the same way as Dad so I can now care for my body and make better decisions than what he did.
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