Years of working and interacting with children undergoing rehabilitation as a result of abuse and neglect, made us realize the dire status of rehabilitation services for children with behavioral problems.
This situation encouraged us to embrace the task of providing innovative solutions to the growing challenge of juvenile delinquency.
With the support of the Pinnacle Baptist Church, we drew our mission from the Isaiah 42 vs. 22:
But this is a people robbed and spoiled; they are all of them snared in holes, and they are hid in prison houses: they are for a prey, and none delivers; for a spoil, and none says, Restore.
Restore was registered as a Private Voluntary Organisation in 2010, initially working in Harare, but has since broadened its scope to cover peri-urban communities and other small towns surrounding the capital of Zimbabwe. The organisation has cut a niche in the provision of community-based juvenile delinquency prevention and rehabilitation services for young offenders.
The organisation’s director, Allen Chimombe, explains the concept of Restore and how the organisation is working in the communities:
“Our local dailies are awash with stories of children committing crimes that would have been almost unimaginable for their ages two decades ago. We now have children facing charges of murder, rape, armed robbery and other heinous offences. I honestly think it’s really high time society starts developing appropriate mechanisms to contain the situation before it‘s too late.”
What are the contributing factors to juvenile delinquency?
It’s the combination of children’s early exposure to stimulant factors, such as explicit sexual content, sexual abuse and drugs. First-time young offenders were reportedly arrested after delving into more sophisticated ways of committing crimes having gradually and casually become involved in experimental crimes as part of underground recreation. Apart from the recommended supervision and a strong set of home rules, teenagers need constant nurturing so that they can appreciate the consequences of any of their intended actions prior to making wrong decisions.
Pinnacle Baptist Assemblies Church, corner Hampden and Belvedere Road, Belvedere, Harare
Allen Chimombe +263 772275024, [email protected]