We are pleased to share with you our 2015 – 2016 Organizational Overview and Program Report Cabrini’s programming year runs from October 1 through September 30. This report provides an overview of the new and exciting initiatives that have occurred in the last year and also outlines the strategic path forward for the organization.
Executive Summary for 2015 – 2016
Cabrini Ministries is currently structured to provide direct care services through four integrated departments: Family Services, Health Care, Education, and Child Care. These departments work collaboratively to assess the needs of individuals and families in the communities we serve and respond appropriately. While each has its own focused action areas, all four departments support each other to ensure a complete continuum of care is provided regardless of circumstance. In the last two years over 10,000 unique clients received care services from Cabrini Ministries. A brief outline of the programs offered is provided below.
It is the goal of the Family Service Department to provide poor and vulnerable populations with direct care, support and connections to resources through professional social service provision. Dedicated service delivery reached nearly 1,700 unique individuals in 2015 and 2016. Specific activities carried out in the last year include:
- Complete comprehensive needs assessments in order to evaluate families’ challenges and strengths to design the most appropriate and effective interventions.
- Develop individualized plans of intervention to provide basic services such as emergency food, clothing, temporary shelter for infection control, medical access, and transportation
- Provide psychosocial support to mitigate challenges to individuals and familys
- Provide emergency respite shelter for children and/or vulnerable adults who need preventive protection from disease, abuse, neglect, or incapacity of family to care for the person
- Provide referrals and access to specialized care such as rape counsellors, medical treatment, psychiatric services, etc.
Actions carried out through the Health Care Department are designed to increase physical wellbeing through the delivery of clinical and support care services. In the last two years, 7,000 clients received care through the department utilizing the following activities:
- Provision of primary health care services to residents of the area
- Emphasis on HIV and TB care
- HIV Testing and Counselling
- Pre-ART / ART / TB Initiation and Treatment
- On-going supportive Health Care
- Prevention of Mother to Child Transmission (PMTCT) activiteis
- Medical Circumcision to reduce HIV transmission
- Provide Psychosocial supports to HIV+ and TB+ patients to assure uptake of services and good treatment outcomes
- Clinical Support Care
- Missed Appointment Follow up (including partner clinics)
- Provide home based care and health provision at mobile/remote sites
- Homestead Visits
- Remote Refill Locations
- Link patients to specialized medical care through referrals, material help with fees, transportation, and patient advocacy
- Transfer knowledge and develop skills, values and attitudes to increase the uptake of services and contribute to the well-being of communities through Community Education
The Education department was recently separated from Child care in order to better achieve its goal of providing quality educational support so less privileged local students can be successful in life. In the last two years, over 500 students have received support through these activities:
- Academic Support & Sponsorship
- Bridge School for short-term clients and those needing remedial education
- CARE Tutoring & Outreach Education to improve test results
- Specialized Education Opportunities such as trade school
- Support and sponsorship for tertiary education
- On-site pre-school for area children
Actions carried out through the Child Care Department are designed to mitigate impact of HIV / TB, poverty and other social challenges through direct care provision to OVCs. This work is aligned with the national service standards and seeks to offer a continuum of care to assist all OVCs based on need. This work reached over 1,500 Orphans and Vulnerable children in the last two years and includes the following activities:
- Provide “Co-Parenting” to OVCs through comprehensive care including shelter, nutrition, health care, education, economic strengthening, legal and protection services, economic strengthening and psychosocial support.
- Provide psycho-emotional support to children
- Life Skills Camps
- Therapy and Support Groups
- Improve community childhood health through routine physicals