While our main effort will always be to improve children's lives, we're also conscious to have a positive impact on everyone around them, like parents, caregivers, and educators. Meet some of the people who have benefited from Barnardos and our work in the past.
Ana (10) lives with her mum, dad and two sisters (11 and 7). When we first met Ana, she was displaying behavioural concerns that were impacting on her and her family: defiance, aggression, and disconnection from her siblings due to fighting.
Finding care and learning that works for each individual child can be hard. Some children thrive in our early learning centres and can’t wait to return for another day of fun and exploration.
In her mahi and whanaungatanga with Barnardos kaimahi, the kura she works within, her community, and most importantly, with tamariki and whānau, Terehia lives and breathes the principles of Ngā Pou ē Whā.
Thomas is an energetic and curious little boy. He was four years old when he started with Barnardos Home Based Educator Aileen.
Four-year old Tania, her 14-year old brother Sam and nine-year old sister May had been living with their aunty for the last two years. They’d been removed from Mum and Dad’s care because of family violence, alcohol misuse and Mum’s mental health issues.
Twenty-two year old mother, Moana, watches Kingston and Harmony play happily together in their backyard. She smiles at how well her two and three year olds are now doing.
The tamariki at our Lower Hutt Early Learning Centre are participating in a very exciting project this year – the redevelopment of their centre. Earlier this year they moved next door into their temporary centre.