Many African and Caribbean Immigrant and Refugee (ACIR) children experience difficulties adjusting to their new environments where they have to live two lives; one at home with their parents/caregivers and another in the community where they reside including school etc. This creates friction within the homes as the parents want them to retain their culture whereas they want to assimilate. This also creates a sense of confusion and loss with the children, which sometimes leads to them reacting in rebellious ways.
With funding from the Department of Behavioral Health in Philadelphia, the Ubuntu resiliency building program was culturally designed to provide relevant education, awareness and confidence building to children and their care givers in the ACIR community. The program creates for participants an opportunity to learn and cultivate the practice of dealing with challenging situations that often results from their attempts of trying to assimilate into a new and different cultural environment by making use of coping skills that prevent the risks for detrimental behaviors both within and outside the home. This program also encourages parents to understand and facilitate their childrens’ natural inclination to adapt, while still maintaining their cultural identity.