Family Welfare Programs
The families involved in SKIP face economic disadvantages that prevent them from sustaining the minimum way of living.
We believe that support in economic, educational and psychological issues can be the key to allow these families to change their circumstances.
That is why our holistic approach has 4 more programs: Social Work, Psychology, Economic Development and Health.
All of them are directed to the whole family, focusing on providing information and training to encourage sustainable change. We offer financial advice and opportunities, as well as workshops around topics parents need to learn about such as health and business development. In addition, we take seriously the psychology approach in all its variables and it is executed throughout all the programs (including education).
At SKIP, the Social Work team seeks to support people to lead their own change. We focus on helping people expand their skills and abilities. We aim to:
- Provide daily drop-in sessions at the office
- Offer biweekly training workshops on different subjects such as health issues awareness or parenting techniques
- Carry out home visits twice a year to assess the family situation.
The importance of the program
At SKIP, our main goal is to improve the way of living of the families we work with. Through home visits, we ensure that we are able to provide tailor-made support to each individual family. We also complete a monitoring assessment, which includes the Progress out of Poverty Index (PPI), which we use to track poverty levels within the SKIP community.
The Social Work team gathers the information needed to offer the families psychological programs, economic development support and health workshops that inform them and help them with their particular needs. They also establish and maintain alliances with other organizations in Trujillo to be able to provide as much support as possible to the families in areas such as health difficulties where specialist support is required.
Every year we aim to have more families involved, but we have to make sure that the limited help we can offer is prioritized. This makes our selection of the families the base of our work. We base our criteria on engagement levels and economic situation.
For instance, the families must demonstrate their willingness to engage with SKIP, must live within a 20-minute walk of the Community Center and have a child enrolled in one of the four local schools we partner with: IndoAmericana, Alto Trujillo, Virgen del Carmen, and Lizarzaburu.
After reviewing this, our team uses an assessment tool that gives a measurement score of the family's current situation, taking into consideration the number of children they have, their income, type of housing, societal and familial support networks, among other factors.
The families with the highest level of need are pre-selected and they have to go through a home visit, which allows us to gain a more detailed perspective of the overall family situation and type of help they are going to need. The process ends with the final chosen families going through a 'Pre-program' phase where they have to attend six mandatory workshops that teach them about SKIP and the way we work. In parallel with this, the children have to participate in the Holiday Club, in which we ask for an attendance of more than 70% of the lessons.
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The general objective of the Psychology Program is to provide SKIP families with a source of support, which improves their overall well-being and quality of life. We aim to:
- Offer interventions in three levels
- Primary, intended to prevent problems before they arise
- Secondary, targeted at families with identified problems
- Tertiary, directed to families in crisis. Conducted to treat psychological issues
- Give psychology workshops
- Provide one-on-one support for parents and carers
- Offer Psychoeducational workshops
The importance of the program
The SKIP Psychology Program follows a public health model, which increases the number of individuals who are able to access mental health resources.
Through this model, interventions are provided at three different levels. At the Primary level, we carry out workshops for all mothers enrolled in the program on child development and behavior management. These workshops review basic cognitive, social and moral development milestones for children.
At the Secondary intervention level, we carry out support groups for primary school children identified by their parents and/or teachers as having behavioral and/or emotional problems. As Tertiary level, the psychologist carries out individual, couples and family therapy with those families that need therapy tailored to specific diagnoses. Specifically, those who have psychological disorders or are suffering from severe emotional distress.
The themes addressed in these individual sessions and clinical consultations include, but are not limited to, familial discord, anxiety and depression, and sequelae of trauma and abuse. Additionally, we offer psychoeducational workshops to the students focusing the time on mindfulness and emotion regulation, improving self-esteem, and recognizing and fostering healthy and respectful relationships.
The area of psychology also works to better the internal processes of the organization and is involved in volunteer training, since all of these matters have to be recognized and addressed in every program we run.
The EcoDev Program aims to improve the financial situation of families involved in SKIP, creating sustainable sources of income by facilitating business opportunities and instilling money management skills such as budgeting and regular saving.
EcoDev runs two main projects – Microcredits and Talleres (handicraft workshops).
We aim to help the families’ economic situation through: Loans and a Savings program, and Business workshops.
We offer help to the families with loans directed to improve their business, enhance the construction of their homes or for emergencies. The loans range between S/100 to S/400 (approximately £24 to £96) depending on an internally developed credit rating. In order to comply with our nonprofit status in Peru, we are not allowed to charge interest on loans, but we do run a training program to increase understanding for formal banking systems.
Linked to the loans, we run a subproject for Savings, which emphasizes the importance of saving to protect the financial health of the families, whether in their household or their business.
For every loan we grant we require a weekly payment that includes obligatory savings to develop good financial habits. When the loan is paid we encourage the families (and help them) to deposit their savings in an interest-bearing bank account with an accredited Peruvian bank or reinvest in their business.
Our families are always impressed with the amount of savings they accumulate over time.
On top of that, we offer regular business workshops aimed at SKIP members who would like to develop or start a business. The workshops are tailored to the needs of the businesses in El Porvenir and include bookkeeping, savings and inventory management.
At SKIP we want to give parents and carers skills that can be transformed into a source of income. We do this through handcraft workshops.
In these workshops knowledgeable mothers of SKIP train other mothers to develop skills in jewelry making, needlework and knitting. The raw materials for these workshops are purchased directly from the local market by the mothers participating in the program.
They learn how to make different goods, and we help them coordinate with local business the sale of said products. We give mothers practical business skills to empower them to work towards functioning more independently. The outcome of the sales is redistributed to the parents who participate and provides additional income for the families.
In addition to the financial stimulus, the workshops also provide a chance for SKIP parents to get together and socialize while they are learning new skills and creating products. This enables them to forge friendships and develop additional support networks within the local community.
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Health is a big concern for SKIP, since most of the families we work with don’t have the resources or the knowledge to maintain healthy routines for the kids and themselves. We aim to:
- Provide an annual health assessment to kids and their families
- Offer dental and sight check-ups
- Increase the knowledge about personal hygiene through bi-weekly workshops
The importance of the program
Our main focus is to offer the families a broad view of healthy habits. To achieve this we collaborate with local partners who allow us to give the resources our kids and families need.
We run a dental campaign every year where children's teeth are checked and fillings are made where necessary. With this in mind, we also work on preventative care and give children a session about the importance of oral hygiene and how to achieve it.
We have also been able to provide sight tests for children with noted difficulties and glasses have been provided where required.
We are providing basic health assessments and reviews once a year. Thanks to our partnerships with TWOWEEKS, a UK-based NGO; Vive Peru, a Peruvian NGO, and the Lions Club Volunteers in Trujillo, we have been able to keep providing health checkups and to distribute essential medicine to the families.
Throughout the year, our Social Work team works with the families to give them information and advice about health, providing bi-weekly workshops covering a wide range of areas.
Our hopes for the future are that we will be able to secure funding or support which will enable us to provide a regular and permanent weekly clinic at the project.
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