Reintegration and disengagement
Talitha Kum strives to reintegrate its children into their families. Once they have stabilized in our home and the conditions in their original homes are conducive, the children can go back to live with their families. In some cases, Talitha Kum provides continuous support to those children until their families can provide for them on their own.
In other cases, the child has finished education and started her/his own life, so Talitha Kum disengages them and keeps them as friends.
In December 2008, when all the children went home for the Christmas holidays one child did not come back. The grandmother felt that the child was no longer vulnerable (in terms of immuno-suppression) and she was ready to care for his grandchild. After several meetings with the grandmother and an assessment of the situation it was agreed she was ready to care for the child.
Talitha Kum envisages a future where the children will find a conducive home where the children can be reintegrated with the community and thereby create space for other destitute HIV positive children. However, a special outreach programme was established to ensure the wellbeing of reintegrated children.