KHULISA COVID-19 FAMILY SUPPORT PROGRAMME
The national Corona virus lockdown regulations inevitably has had an enormous impact on the lives of all individuals and families in South Africa, Africa, and countries across the world, where lockdown regulations have been imposed. The reality is that the lockdown restrictions disrupts our work and family life, peoples’ mind-sets, behaviours and interpersonal relationships.
The first stage of the project comprises of an exploratory study to ascertain the effect of the lockdown on members of communities who are traditionally socially excluded, vulnerable and/or considered to be ‘at risk’ of victimisation such as, inter-alia; women, persons with disabilities, members of the LGBTIQ communities, ex-offenders, substance abusers, and persons with albinism; who are now forced to stay indoors with family members, where peaceful co-habitation has never been the norm. Given that such family systems typically experience marginalisation, abuse and sometimes violence, it is expected that the lockdown restrictions will further contribute to and exacerbate the levels of disengagement, conflict, fear, anxiety and dysfunctionality experienced during the following weeks, and beyond.
Considering these and other challenges around COVID-19, Khulisa Social Solution, in partnership with funding partners and other relevant stakeholders, aims to develop and implement a strategy, initiative or programme to offer support and assistance to those who are currently experiencing challenges coping, psychologically and socially and during the lockdown and beyond.
Assist in building and maintaining peace in the family during periods of enforced social distancing and quarantine and beyond, by establishing a virtual support network that will assist family members of ‘at risk’, marginalised and excluded individuals, groups and communities across South Africa to cope with the social impact of physical isolation during period of the national Corona virus lockdown, and the ensuing period.
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3.1 Conduct exploratory research on the challenges and difficulties experienced by members of the community regarded as being at ‘risk of victimisation’ as a result of the COVID 19 lockdown.
3.2 Explore the need for a virtual support network that aims to facilitate collaboration among people within the same geographical areas, nationally across geographical areas as well as with and among global communities.
3.3 Use data from the exploratory research study to understand the ‘lived reality’ of ‘at risk’ individuals and marginalised members of the community during the COVID 19 lockdown. 3.4 Use data from the research to develop and implement a COVID 19 and Beyond Support Programme for individuals and families in need of support and care.
3.5 Monitor and evaluate the programme to inform best practice, future strategies and interventions
3.6 Disseminate findings with government and non-government entities; including the business sector, religious organisations, community-based organisations inter-alia
- THE PROPOSED PROJECT: The Khulisa Covid-19 & Beyond Family Peace-Making Support Programme (COVID 19 – FPSP)
1.1 Identify Khulisa social workers and auxiliaries, other Khulisa partner representative from marginalised groups who have counselling experience in our key areas of operation. 1.2 The above-mentioned parties will receive an information pack (programme description, questionnaire guideline, questionnaire, report template).
1.3 Interviewers will be assigned to psycho-social mentors / coaches who will provide them with guidance, where necessary in how to deal with situations outside their sphere of experience. Under specific circumstances direct engagement with the family members and the mentors may be arranged.
1.4 Interviews will be conducted telephonically via WhatsApp or any alternative format. 1.5 Recorded information will be analysed in order to identify key challenges, opportunities for further interventions / training requirements.
2.1 Data from the exploratory research as well as recorded secondary data from similar interventions and relevant literature will inform the proposed intervention.
2.2 Suitably screened and trained social workers/counsellors will be provided with online ‘family peace-making’ training. Training via Zoom, Skype or WhatsApp will be provided either collectively or in groups on the key methodologies that they will need to apply when engaging with clients.
2.3 Contact with the clients will be ongoing with support being given in response to needs as to how peace-making approaches could be introduced to deal with family conflict
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2.4 Members of the virtual support network will use real-life digital storytelling and will be requested to submit reports in accordance with the template provided in a narrative format.
2.5 Narrative records of all such engagements will be submitted to Khulisa on an ongoing basis. 2.6 Ongoing psycho-social support.
2.7 Field researchers will be paid an hourly fee/or fee per report submitted, plus money for data.
2.8 All field researchers will complete an application form and will be fully appraised of: ▪ Issues pertaining to confidentiality
▪ Provided with a list of support services where further help could be enlisted, e.g. food supplies, medical, etc.
PHASE 3: Report
3.1 A post-assessment of the COVID 19 – FPSP will be conducted.
3.2 The narratives will be analysed and the findings disseminated on a regular basis, with other such groups via digital media.
3.3 Through the ongoing collection of the data we believe that we will be able to co-create new ideas and methods of thinking around the capacitation among not only our communities, but also communities worldwide
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This project, Khulisa Justice and Restoration Programme (JARP) is a community-based mediation programme. Victims and offenders are brought together in dialogue, facilitated by a third, neutral party (i.e. the Khulisa mediator). Where appropriate, indirect victims affected by the crime or conflict, e.g. family members, community members, children, school learners, teachers, etc. are also included in the Restorative Justice processes.