The Linx program identifies street children who have been displaced and disconnected from their families and aims to reunite them. This work often involves counselling children to establish where they have come from and what caused them to leave home. The work sees volunteers travel to the previous homes of the children, meeting their family and assessing whether the environment is suitable for the child's return.
Depending on the outcome the case management team may reunite the family or find an alternative which includes providing sustainable living, work and/or educational opportunities. Linx also works to link internally displaced people with family members they may have lost contact with during the 2007 post elections crisis. Most people fear to go back to where they were living prior to the violence that erupted at that time.
The Linx program concentrates on reconnecting these families. Volunteers are involved in all aspects of this work, such as administration, helping to assess each child and their needs, and preparing reports on the findings alongside the local team. Volunteers are also involved in the field work, which involves conducting interviews, immersing themselves into the child's environment and travelling to the areas where family members live.
Linx is a four week project to allow volunteers time to hopefully work through the complete re connecting process. Volunteers need to be aware that this process does not always have a positive result. Some families are unable to be found or once found are unable or unwilling to have their children home. It can be an emotionally difficult placement for volunteers but the local team work closely alongside you to help you through it.