orphanage in Zambia

If I were a director of an orphanage in Zambia and had the knowledge of attachments that we are discussing in this class then I would do a few things to help the children out.  Firstly, I would attend to their needs, the need of a child, especially a child separated from their parents or without any loved ones is at a highly vulnerable state.  Children who never have had a parent to be attached to would be a larger concern, these kids would not have any working knowledge of attachment and would most likely display opposing behaviors.  According to an article on orphanages in Rome, “It is likely that orphanage children had developed working models of distrust as a result of extreme neglect” (Kim Chisholm).  I would work on preventing that kind of extreme neglect from happening, by having my staff and myself always positioned to help the children in their day-to-day struggles and positive experiences.

As the director, I would set a few guidelines in place with my staff, these would be to help the children in their attachment issues.  I would assign each staff certain children (unless the children naturally assigned themselves to them) and would give them a specific amount of hours that they would need to be with them everyday that they would be at work.  I would also start certain “experiences” that the kids could go through together to help build self-esteem and positive regard for themselves.  These experiences could be anything from trust exercises, to group therapy like sessions, to activities that they could all participate in and feel cared for by promoting everyone to work together and with the staff that would put extra effort into their assigned kids.  My goals would be to help the orphanage kids to develop attachments and social skills that would eventually help them be successful, whether it was with their future family or in life.  The opportunities for second chances are endless in life, I would capture all that I could and give the children (who already went through neglect from their parents) a chance to be kids again and develop into who they truly want to be by replacing their neglect with support.

Reuben Cousin

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~ by reubencousin on September 28, 2009.

5 Responses to “orphanage in Zambia”

  1. Possibly other great strategies would include having a higher Staff to orphan ratio.

  2. Possibly other great strategies would include having a higher Staff to orphan ratio. stuart

  3. Although I agree to many of the goals directed to the development of positive attachments with the children, it seems that a higher staff to child ratio would be both excessive and considerably impossible.

    Kellie Gibson

  4. Your assumptions and implications towards an impossibility to add more staff at an orphanage in Zambia is quite impractical. When it come to these matters , like raising children, the opportunity to find more staff would be one that would take effort, but could definitely be accomplished.

    Reuben

  5. I was referencing the considerable impracticality of a HIGHER staff to orphan ratio suggested by havok43v3r.

    Kellie Gibson

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