Plans for 2013-2014
This year, what do we concentrate on? ….. more of what we know has a major impact on the lives of thousands of children
- Raising skills, knowledge and awareness for people who work in services for orphans and vulnerable children
- Capacity building within the vast numbers of informal crèches
- Providing therapeutic services and safe havens for abused young children, or those at risk.
- Supporting diversion services for actual or potential young abusers
Uviwe/Childline Eastern Cape Caring for Crèches [C4C]
We began a C4C project for 100 crèche leaders in May 2012 and will continue with others well into 2014. it has been astonishingly successful with positive feedback from crèche leaders, community leaders and outreach workers.
Childline Mpumalanga – C4C
With five years now successfully completed, over nine hundred people trained and thousands of children helped plus many reported cases of abuse this is acknowledged by USAid as being a highly successful programme. Other linked programmes have now been started in the province to identify and keep track of the very vulnerable children. Discussions are underway for the provincial government to take over from us in continuing the funding into the future.
Childline NW – C4C
Plans are agreed for another 100 crèche leaders to be trained – by the end of 2013 we will have trained over seven hundred crèche leaders throughout the province. Again new work is being started in the area as a result of our programme and other avenues of funding are being secured for 2014 onwards.
EKUPHOLENI MENTAL HEALTH CENTRE
- Football. We continue funding the stipend for our football coach who works with Ghetto Boyz during the weekends and evenings. He is a gem.
- In 2012 we funded a workshop for 400 boys as part of the gender awareness programme – this is entitled ‘Don’t You Touch’ and aims to prevent future occurrences of sexual molestation and rape.
- In 2013-14 wewill build on this with further awareness programmes for boys
- We will continue to contribute to the cost of undertaking therapeutic work with abused mothers, abused pre-school children and with boy abusers of 10–13 years old.
- We are funding the bursaries for eight learners to become Social Auxiliary Workers working in this centre.
We have supported their excellent work now for over five years. In 2013-2014 we are building on lasts years’ work and developing crèches as Centres of Excellence to act as trainers and supporters for satellite crèches.
We will continue to support the children’s refuge at Mogodu with funds for the children’s food for a further year.
JOHANNESBURG CHILD WELFARE SOCIETY
Level One training and Level Two training continues for community volunteers with 38 volunteer workers from many different children’s community services in Soweto and other township services on each course.
KIDS R SPECIAL
This is a project we started to support a few years ago and is under our ‘Awareness Raising ‘heading. KRS are made up of teachers and social workers who have constructed age appropriate puppets shows that go to schools, nurseries, and crèches. This year we are supporting their anti-bullying programme through the costs of puppets. Our logo will be plastered all over the equipment!
OPEN UNIVERSITY – JOINT PhD PROGRAMME
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 - read a summary here.