CHILDREN WELFARE CORE ACTIVITIES

1. Health Check and Fitness Program

When a child first enters CFFM, they are usually in a poor state of health due to previous neglect.  

 

CFFM provides a health check program to monitor the growth and health of the children. Apart from regular appointments to the health clinic on a case by case basis, the Body Mass Index (BMI) which measures their weight and height is another indicator that is regularly carried out approximately once a month. This facilitates the identification of weight-related health risk and subsequent action to remediate the health issue with the child.

 

CFFM also dedicates an allocated time every day for the children to exercise through sports and play as part of its fitness program.

 

2. Educational Support

Educational support is an initiative to help children at CFFM best fulfill their educational potential because we believe they deserve the chance for a better education. 

 

CFFM sends the children to good schools with the provision of school bags, uniforms, and educational materials. Additionally, CFFM has an in-house after school program called CISP  (Children Individual Support Program) during the weekdays and academic tuition classes during the weekend.

 

3. Children Individual Support Program (CISP)

CISP is a program which helps each child to develop his well-being and improve his education by his own initiative supported by the welfare team of CFFM.

 

It is a month to a few months plan undertaken by each child under the guidance of the welfare team. Each term, every child has to set individual achievable targets related to living skill, social skill, or self-care in the area of wellbeing. In the area of education, an example of measurable targets can be writing a targeted number of essays every week, spelling targeted a number of words and reading a targeted number of books. 

 

At the end of the term, the welfare team together with the child evaluates the result according to the “CISP” targets set by the child to explore how the child can make further improvements.

 

4. Life Skills Training: Social Skills

Social skills training at CFFM is to increase the children’s ability to perform key social interactions which include greeting people with good etiquette and holding up a conversation. These basic exercises in order to maintain a positive interaction with others are needed prior to transitioning into adulthood.

 

5. Life Skills Training: Problem Solving Skills and Mental Well Being through Children Meeting

A children’s meeting is held every Friday night between 7.30pm to 8.30 pm whereby the children themselves facilitate discussions regarding issues affecting them whether individually or collectively. The social workers do not interfere with the proceedings but merely play a supporting role. 

 

The meeting functions to address event planning; voice concerns; deal with matters be it trivial or serious; create solutions. Through these meetings, the children develop problem-solving skills leading to a healthier mental well being.

 

6. Life Skills Training: Cooking Skills

Cooking training is conducted every Saturday and supervised by the caregivers. Training to cook at CFFM focuses on teaching children how to cook - 'the right way'. 'The right way' involves not only how to cook but also how to be safe in the kitchen. 

 

Through this training, children experience a sense of accomplishment and self-reliance which boosts self-esteem. This training also teaches the children the lifelong skill on how to work well with others. 

 

Through the preparation of food, our children are also taught to develop good health through nutrition.

 

7. Value Formation Program

A weekly value formation program is conducted every Thursday evening as part of intentional character building and development among the children.

 

8. Transitioning Program

A special support program for CFFM's children aged 18 and above who have successfully graduated from High School with SPM (Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia) certification. 

 

Upon reaching 18 years old, children under CFFM will cease to be under the legal care of CFFM. Despite that, through the transitioning program, continuous support is given whereby CFFM and the children's parent work together to solicit sponsorship to further the child’s studies be it academic or internship training which leads to eventual employment.

 

9. Child Sponsorship Support

A program where the sponsor makes a monthly contribution for the period of a year. Sponsors can choose to support a specific child; spread the sponsorship evenly between all children; or contribute to the transitioning program. Each sponsor will be provided with a progress report of the child they support.