January 2010 - Information just in from one of our partners

We have been working, for over 3 years now, with the wonderful and highly specialist Teddy Bear Clinic for Abused Children in Johannesburg supporting their successful therapy programmes and providing essential funding for the travel of children who have been severely abused.

As part of the reports we require they have just sent me some fascinating insights into their work.

The Teddy Bear Clinic works in only one province in South Africa – Gauteng [encompassing Johannesburg, Soweto and Pretoria] – and only in part of that province; other information from around the country suggests that what is happening here is a reflection of what is going on everywhere  ….

What they find: -

It all adds up to a terrible state of affairs – and this is just one of the totally amazing services that we can’t afford to support this year.

Help us to keep these children healthy, happy and protected from harm.

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We are not sending any more toys to South Africa. If you would like to donate then please contact the lovely people at: http://theteddytrust.wixsite.com/home

We are proud and honoured that our work has been recognised by the UK Prime Minister, and that he has given Lesley his Point of Light award, stating
With the Infant Trust Lesley has empowered thousands of women across South Africa to protect and safeguard children in their communities. The education and training she has provided has helped to improve the lives of over 800,000 children, tackling the violence and abuse that affects too many of them in their early years. As we mark International Women’s Day this week I am delighted to recognise all that Lesley has done.”
You can find the full story at https://www.pointsoflight.gov.uk/2268-2/
Why are so many small children abused by male perpetrators in South Africa? Our researcher interviewed 27 perpetrators in prison in South Africa; all are in jail after being found guilty of some of the most terrible crimes against some of the most vulnerable children – some as young as a few days old. Those interviewed are all men aged between 16 years and 84 years old, and all have brutalised and raped at least one child. But the findings aren’t maybe what we might expect – it makes interesting reading.  We have been funding research into this for 5 years and it is finally finished and published .

Our flagship Caring for Crèches programme has reached into some of the poorest communities in five of the nine provinces in South Africa and we have crèche leaders everywhere clamouring for the training. We have now trained over 2,200 people and they in turn have already positively impacted on the lives of over 160,000 children … and will continue to help many hundreds more children for years to come