Plans for 2011

(Click here for the end-of year update)

Background to our work

We help protect small children from abuse, we help care for those abused, and help to break the cycle of violence through:

  1. Working with pre-schools and other organisations
  1. The empowerment of women and men working in community services through training and awareness programmes.
  1. Diversion and support programmes, to do this we:

All our work is done in collaboration with partners in South Africa who are, themselves, not-for-profit organisations

CHILDLINE

Childline Limpopo – crèche and training

We anticipate that the crèche we helped to start and have been supporting for three years will, by June 2011, be self sustaining. We plan, again with Childline Limpopo, to help start a new crèche for toddlers who are extremely ‘at risk’ in another area in the province during this year.

We are planning a new Caring for Crèches programme due to start in this province early to mid 2011 for another 100 crèche leaders.

Childline Mpumalanga – training crèche leaders

We are planning the training of another 220 crèche leaders through our Caring for Crèches programme after April 2010. This is an enormously successful programme and, due to the rising levels of serious abuse routinely reported following this training, Childline has been granted funding for some community development work across the province throughout 2011.

Childline NW – training crèche leaders

With a further 100 people trained in 2010, plans are underway for another 100 crèche leaders to go through the Caring for Crèches programme in 2011. Again, this training has produced such high numbers of reported cases of abuse that Childline, in North West province, have also gained additional funds to start training parents and community leaders about identifying potential abuse, what to do and how to report their suspicions.

OPEN UNIVERSITY – JOINT PHD PROGRAMME

The programme is on track, and early reports from the fieldwork on why perpetrators abuse small children are showing some fairly awful and entrenched family, health, and cultural problems. We anticipate the research will be finalised in early 2012 and the findings formally published.

EKUPHOLENI MENTAL HEALTH CENTRE

This is a totally wonderful and committed service in the deepest darkest wilds of a very violent community of 2.5 million people. They work with very damaged communities where the spiral of violence seems to be ever increasing – especially now as jobs cuts really begin to bite and men are roving the streets unemployed, drunk and full of anger.

We continue to fund the stipend for Happy – the man we have supported from the early days of him being a volunteer worker through to qualifying as a Social Auxiliary Worker – as a football coach working with the Ghetto Boyz. This programme has shown remarkable results in getting seriously feral, dangerous and damaged boys back on track and once more into vocational and/or academic education and thus away from crime and into a decent future. Through kind donors we are able to also provide these boys with practice and team kit so they can play in proper teams and in competitions …. this is amazing for their burgeoning self-esteem and confidence.  Happy is a crucial part of this programme.

We are also providing funding here to run a group for twenty five 3 – 6 year old girls who have been raped/abused, and for a group of eighteen 5 – 9 years old boys who are perpetrators of serious violence and abuse against younger children.

JOHANNESBURG CHILD WELFARE SOCIETY

This is a very specialised service with years of experience and expertise in working with and helping sexually abused children; here we are funding four different training programmes in 2011

  1. A specially commissioned programme for people who are, or are about to be, foster parents to abused/raped children of any age. This programme will last six months.

The other three programmes are in line with our intention to help people develop new skills and work their way up the ladder[s] as well as work with, help and support small children:

  1. Twenty one places for Level One training for community workers working with vulnerable children

… then if able

  1. Fifteen places for Level Two training for community workers working with vulnerable children

… then if able

  1. Ten places for people working with orphans and vulnerable children to train to be a Social Auxiliary Worker.

IMISEBEYELANGA

They do such astonishing work at Imisebeyelanga, in so many ways, that we would fund lots of things they do if we could …. meanwhile we continue to support their excellent training programmes for people working in crèches – this is a course where the participants attain a recognisable qualification so helping to secure their future as well as the safety and health of the children in their care.

This year we plan to fund the training of over 75 people. These are our ‘green brigade’

As part of their extended programme Imisebeyelanga have been helping a very feisty young women who has set up a refuge for abused street children; she was an abused street child herself and even since starting the refuge has had to cope with several rape attempts, the latest in November 2009. This is a truly inspiring project and we will provide enough for the children’s food for a year.

FOOTBALL

In the light of the successful programme [Ghetto Boyz] at Ekupholeni and recent research we have devised a pilot project to divert boys from trouble through football that could be replicated all over the country – but initially through Imisebeyelanga. We have a promise of funds if we can find £10,000 find match funding
….   Offers??


 

Update on Plans for 2011 - 2012

CHILDLINE

Childline Limpopo – crèche and training

This year we completed our work with them

Childline Mpumalanga – training crèche leaders

This programme has gone very well, and there is now a considerable infrastructure being set-up across the province to help and assist vulnerable children.

Childline NW – training crèche leaders

We completed the programme in 2011 and are now on our firth year of training within the province … we are making considerable headway and many hundreds of children have been helped and protected

OPEN UNIVERSITY – JOINT PHD PROGRAMME

The research continues and will be finalised in 2012 with the findings formally published.

EKUPHOLENI MENTAL HEALTH CENTRE

We continued to fund the stipend for Happy – the man we have supported from the early days of him being a volunteer worker through to qualifying as a Social Auxiliary Worker – as a football coach working with the Ghetto Boyz. This programme has shown remarkable results in getting seriously feral, dangerous and damaged boys back on track and once more into vocational and/or academic education and thus away from crime and into a decent future. Through kind donors we are able to also provide these boys with practice and team kit so they can play in proper teams and in competitions …. this is amazing for their burgeoning self-esteem and confidence.  Happy is a crucial part of this programme.

We are also providing funding here to run a group for twenty five 3 – 6 year old girls who have been raped/abused, for the mothers of abused children and for a group of eighteen 5 – 9 years old boys who are perpetrators of serious violence and abuse against younger children.

JOHANNESBURG CHILD WELFARE SOCIETY

Three programmes were completed in 2011

  1. Twenty one places for Level One training for community workers working with vulnerable children
  2. Fifteen places for Level Two training for community workers working with vulnerable children
  3. Ten people working with orphans and vulnerable children trained to be Social Auxiliary Workers and are now fully employed.

IMISEBEYELANGA

We completed the training of over 75 people. These are our wonderful community/crèche ‘green brigade’
We provided enough funding for food for 24 children in a completely inspiring children’s refuge



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To date, with the help of DHL, we have sent from the UK to South Africa, over 2,500 soft toys for vulnerable children. The outpouring of love and donations of beautiful soft toys has been quite amazing and we thank every child and parent/guardian who have donated. Each and every toy that we sent will be cherished in their new home. We are now stopping accepting toys because those lovely people at http://theteddytrust.wixsite.com/home do this all the time, again with DHL, and send toys to children all over the world. Any kind people who wish to donate will now be referred to them.

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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 – you can read the summary here

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


Just once in a while, amongst all the amazing work that is done to help children in South Africa, we come across a shining star. One such is Wilhelmina who determined to setup a refuge for abandoned children.
Newsletter The report from our most recent visit to South Africa

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