Policy for Housing Project (ENG)


CHRISTIAN CHILDCARE PROGRAMME (CCP)

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POLICY FOR HOUSING PROJECT FOR THE MOST VULNERABLE FAMILIES OF CCP SPONSORED CHILDREN


1.0 INTRODUCTION
1.1 When CCP started in 1984 focus was on orphans and later vulnerable children were added, and these after recruitment would receive the care, counseling, relief items, be visited at home and at school, hosted for annual camps plus other related activities. And that is what constituted CCP as an organization, yet currently it is all a department called Child Welfare (CWD). There are two others; Vocational Training Institute (VTI) and Finance and Administration (FAD), all under the office of the Executive Director.

1.2 As CCP expands with several departments, individual departments are as well expanding with more activities, and as for CWD, the latest initiative is the construction of houses for the most vulnerable families of the sponsored children.

1.3 Other than education, counseling and the like which the sponsored child receives as an individual to develop and empower him/her for his/her good and the good of society, housing immediately and directly benefits many especially the family where such a child may happen to live. Whereas that looks to be a blessing to the entire family and it should attract kind and favourable eyes to the child, the conduit for the said blessing, the child should be helped not to be puffed up, become big headed, black mailing the family as the “one housing them”.

1.4 It is also important to note that houses are built on land, which land this child may not be owning; and even when in the rare cases CCP first buys the land then builds the house, all this is done to benefit the family though using the child as the link and means for the support.

1.5 Another issue to note is that the sponsored child in question will not be a child for ever and may not need to live in that house for the rest of his/her life. His/her guardian may also die or stop the guardianship or simply choose to shift to another place.

1.6 The above situation and many others present complications in especially owning, possessing and administering the use for the houses in this project as an activity of CCP.

1.7 This policy document which is a product of meetings, discussions and consultations of the key stakeholders; staff, Executive Board, International Partnership Council, CCP-Netherlands, beneficiaries, local leaders and legal experts seeks to provide answers and solutions to the above and other such complications now and in the future. The aim is to provide services and facilities to the target groups in the most efficient and effective way, closing every gap and loopholes for potential abusers, misunderstandings and conflicts. CCP’s intervention in the targeted families’ situation should create or enhance long term, harmony, welfare, peace, love and leave legacy; and all this is to be done for the best interest of the child.

1.8 It should noted that CCP does not just intend to provide the house to the sponsored child as a permanent place of abode for life; but as means to facilitate the child’s growth, development and empowerment for him/her to be able in future to acquire more property including even a better house for decent and responsible living.

1.9 Let it be understood that though this is a legal document, it is just for the protection of the beneficiaries’ interests and rights, not to create tension and fear in them and other stakeholders; otherwise the houses offered are purely a gift out of Christian love to the needy under CCP sponsorship.


2.0 SELECTION CRITERIA OF BENEFICIARIES AND STRATEGY

2.1 Families to benefit shall be identified by Child Welfare during their routine home visits, and verified by the existing CCP Recruitment Committee and neighbours.

2.2 CCP shall hold sensitization meetings with community leaders to remind them of the Rights, needs and responsibilities of children in community

2.3 The Community leaders will in turn mobilize community members to participate in the process of shelter construction as much as possible by providing labour and local materials that are within their means at a cost.

2.4 The project will be monitored by Child Welfare Department as supervised by the Executive Director.

2.5 The local leaders and beneficiary families will as much as possible ensure security of the materials.

2.6 The families shall construct the pit latrine, bathing shelter as a condition for constructing the main house

2.7 The families shall plant at least 100 trees as condition for the house which will serve as their firewood and or later serve as an (IGA) but also for environment protection. This will be part of the condition for constructing the house.

2.8 The finished house will be commissioned on a special occasion as preferred and designed by CCP in the presence of the community leaders and some members of the community.

2.9 CCP shall come up with a standard Bill of Quantity (BOQ) for an average shelter of 2 rooms and a food store. This may from time to time be revised to match prevailing economic conditions.

2.10 The family will contribute labour and space for cooking for the workers.

2.11 The beneficiary family will contribute at least 5% of the construction cost of the house as administered by CCP social workers.

2.12 CCP will purchase and transport building materials to the building sites.

2.13 VTI students will participate in constructing shelters that are near-by for practice and also cost effectiveness.

2.14 CCP Technical Officers in conjunction with the community leaders will identify and supervise the builders

2.15 The child shall be helped by CCP, the guardian and the community to behave well, ensuring that he/she is not stubborn.

2.16 CCP shall take deliberate study and records to show the social, health and academic results and impact to the child in question and the family at large in relation to the past before the house was built, thereafter when they are using the house and a fair projection of their future.


3.0 CRITERIA FOR OWNERSHIP AND POSSESSION

3.1 A. At the commencement of the construction of the house the following shall co- sign an agreement which forms part of this document ensuring the protection  and security of the house and the beneficiaries:

(i)  CCP Executive Director
(ii)  The Area Government Social worker
(iii)  Chairman LCI
(iv)  The beneficiary child (if below 18 years (ii) shall cosign with him/her)
(v)  The guardian responsible for the child (if below 18 years (ii) shall co-sign  with him/her)

(vi)  The owner of the land if different from (V)

B. The following are key issues to be observed:

(i) The house shall be a possession of the family but co-owned by the sponsored child and CCP

(ii) Neither the owners nor possessors of the house shall have the right to sell or transfer its ownership or possession to another party.

(iii) The house shall at all times be at the appropriate exclusive use by the beneficiary family
(iv) The beneficiary child shall at all times, when the child is deemed to be a person of acceptable social conduct, be regarded a member of that beneficiary family for the sake of enjoying appropriate use of the house.

(v) Even after the attainment of 18 years the beneficiary/sponsored child shall remain a child for the sake of appropriately using the house.

(vi) In the case of the school going child exhibiting socially unacceptable behaviour and is discovered using the house inappropriately, eg for sexual immorality, gambling, alcohol consumption, theft, thuggery, such a child’s fate in as far as using the house is concerned, shall be determined by the CCP, Local Council I leadership, the family and the area government social worker; and this process shall include the child’s participation.

(vii) Where the child has been weaned off/sent off by CCP through CCP’s various means of termination, only CCP, the local council leadership, the family plus the participation of the child shall be enough to determine the fate of the child regarding the child’s use of the house.

(viii) a)  In the case where the guardian, by whichever personal reason(s) feels uncomfortable about the child’s occupation of the house thus stay on his/her (guardian) land, and the guardian decides to send the child away from the house and land; through the meeting of CCP, Local Council I leadership, the guardian, the child and the area government social worker if the child is still at school; CCP shall be required to buy a plot of land just enough for such a homestead, and the guardian shall be required to construct on that plot such a house as is equivalent to the former one, as a replacement.

b)  The child shall then move to the new house, leaving the old/former one  for the guardian to own.

c)  Where the child has been weaned off by CCP, the child him/herself will  purchase the plot of land and the guardian shall construct the house.

(ix) a)   Where CCP, besides constructing the first house originally bought the  land for that purpose, in the case of disagreement and the child’s  innocence is proved in that case, the guardian or and with the other  family members shall be required to vacate the house and the land for  the convenient use by the child regardless of the age and child’s status  with CCP.

b) In the above case, where the child still needs the care and guardianship as deemed fit, by a team of CCP, Local Council I leadership, another guardian shall be got/sourced by CCP and Local Council I leadership as soon as possible besides assurance of the child’s security.

(x) a)  If and when the child has been weaned off by CCP and also no longer  needs the house, is able to fend for her/himself and able to build a house  for him/herself, such a child shall put it in writing relinquishing his/her  rights and interest in the house to the guardian or and the family, to be  witnessed by CCP, and the Local Council I leadership.

b) In the case where the child appropriately chooses to get married yet still  sharing the house with the guardian or and the family, the child shall  leave the house to find/make another house either on the same plot of  land if the land was bought by CCP or somewhere else depending on  whether the guardian gives him/her the land or as customary norms may  require.

(xi) a) Where a child dies and CCP cannot find another child in that same  family to replace him/her for sponsorship and inheritance of the house,  the ownership and possession of the house shall pass on to the guardian  and the family; and CCP shall state that in writing.

b) Where it is possible for CCP to recruit from the same family another  child for sponsorship such a child shall be regarded as the heir of the  deceased one, and the condition above shall apply.
(xii) Where the guardian dies and it becomes necessary to relocate the child from the house to another home, CCP, the family and the Local Council I leadership shall determine the best way for the house to be kept and maintained for the future use (if needed) by the beneficiary child in the manner as described above.
(xiii) Where the guardian on whose land the house is built decides to shift and sell the land, CCP shall be contacted to buy the land, at least the plot portion for the homestead including the house.

(xiv) a) Where the beneficiary child abandons the house in the case where CCP  originally bought the land, the ownership will be for only CCP

b) Where the abandoned house is on the guardian’s land, CCP will remain owning the house but possessed by the family.

(xv) Where the guardian originally had started on building a house but failed to complete it and CCP came in to help to complete it, the guardian shall be the owner of the house but the sponsored child shall have unlimited possession of the house only subject to conditions as contained above for the rest of the cases in this policy document.


4.0 MAINTENANCE OF THE HOUSE

Maintenance of the house so constructed and handed over to the beneficiary family shall be the responsibility of those in possession of the house as led and administered by the guardian/parent.


5.0 AMENDMENT

The articles in this policy document are subject to amendment from time to time as deemed necessary.

 


6.0 AGREEMENT


On this day -----------------------------------------------------------------at LCI, -------------------------, parish -------------, Sub County -------------------------------------we the undersigned by virtue of our duties, responsibilities and social obligation we undertake to uphold the rights, interests and responsibilities of the CCP’s sponsored child/children
------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------as spelt out in this policy document whose copies we shall each deligently and safely keep for any future reference.

Name Organization  Title  Signature
1. ------------------------------------ LCI ------------------------ ----------------
2. ------------------------------------ CCP ------------------------ ----------------
3. ------------------------------------ Government  ------------------------ ----------------
4. ------------------------------------ Family  ------------------------ ----------------
5. ------------------------------------ Family  ------------------------ ----------------
6. ------------------------------------ Family  ------------------------ ----------------

 

December 2009