Furthermore, the children who live with their natural families can also earn an additional amount which supplements, or even surpasses their living, academic, transportation, and pocket money, based on a unique scholarship program we’ve developed. This scholarship program rewards the children for academic excellence while giving the other family members (i.e. the mother) a vested interest in the academic progress of the child.
What age do the children need to leave the program?
The children leave the program when they have completed with their education. We encourage the children to continue studying, and have promised to help them through college if they will keep studying that long. So far many boys and girls have taken us up on our promise!
What happens if a child drops out of school?
A child who drops out of school during a school is not automatically dropped from the program. To the contrary, we believe that this is when the children need us the most. We focus extra attention on discovering the root of the problem, and we try to help them to resolve whatever issue they may have.
Even if they drop out of school for a year, we continue to stand by the child and to make him or her feel welcome in the program. We also strongly encourage them to go back to school the following year. It is only when an adolescent does not want to return to school for a second year that we remove them from the program. If they should decide at a later time to return to school, we automatically accept the child back into the program.
What happens if an adolescent girl becomes pregnant?
This has happened a couple of times. In each occasion, the girl continued in the program and we arranged the best medical care possible. We helped the girl through her pregnancy, arranged counseling and encouraged the girl to return to school after giving birth.