SUDU provides two layers of services
(1) Sudu works with partner organizations where we identify children that need foster homes. Through a rigorous selection of families, families are identified and children are placed.
(2) We assist families by training them on social-emotional development of children and providing monthly support.
Family Training & Curriculum Development
SUDU assists families by training them on social-emotional development of children. SUDU also trains teachers on social-emotional learning using our proprietary curriculum designed based on the experiences of our leadership team which includes health, education and social work professionals. We also offer childcare institutions training to their childcare givers.
A Home & Family
Derived from the Fulani language spoken across various countries in Africa, SUDU means “home,” and the organization is committed to creating sustainable, child placement programs in regions where there are no existing formal foster care systems. The idea of “fostering” children is not new to Sierra Leoneans, who have been informally fostering children through the “men pekin” culture, wherein, family members, friends, or community members take in displaced children that are not theirs. The issue with the “men pekin” culture is that it lacks accountability. Many of these foster parents are unprepared to be parents or lack the proper training to take care of a child that is not theirs and that may be suffering from trauma.