Plans for 2010 – 2011

Background to our work

Our intention is always to concentrate on how we can assist, promote and sustain the prevention of and protection against abuse; hence the main focus of our work is to break the cycle of abuse through:

CHILDLINE

Childline Limpopo

We will continue to fund the stipends, for the third year, of 4 volunteer workers and 1 cook in the crèche for 75 children living in very poor rural surroundings. In 2010 -2011 we anticipate the crèche will have improved to such a level that it will be registered and can get local government funding – it will then be entirely self-sufficient. We hope to plan, with Childline Limpopo, for a new crèche in another area in 2011.

Childline Mpumalanga – C4C

We are currently planning the training of another 220 crèche leaders through the Caring 4 Crèches programme after April 2010.

Childline NW – C4C

Plans are underway for another 100 crèche leaders to be trained

THE TEDDY BEAR CLINIC

Due to shortages of funds, we cannot fund the travel for damaged children until things improve.

OPEN UNIVERSITY – JOINT PHD PROGRAMME

The programme is back on track, and early report from the fieldwork on why perpetrators abuse small children are showing some fairly awful and entrenched family, health and cultural problems.

BIG SHOES

Due to shortages of funds, we cannot fund the training or offer another bursary until things improve

EKUPHOLENI MENTAL HEALTH CENTRE

We are funding the stipend of Happy – the football coach who works with Ghetto Boyz during the weekends, and monthly stipends of 8 new volunteer workers until their bursaries from the State kick-in during April 2010

In the autumn we will fund places for some of the Ghetto Boyz on tertiary courses to help them to the next stage of diversion from crime and abuse … helping to break the cycle.

We funded a specific specialist CATTS course for the new volunteers in February 2010.

In March our friends at DHL sent a parcel of second-hand football kit to the Ghetto Boyz; it was all donated by Slough Town Football Supporters Club, and I took a huge second bag of shirts, bibs and assorted stuff.

JOHANNESBURG CHILD WELFARE SOCIETY

Reduced programmes for this year

  1. AGANANG - Auxiliary Social Work Programme
    The new course started in January 2010. We are funding 10 places.
  2. CATTSLevel One training and Level
    Two training are planned with 21 volunteer workers from many community services in Soweto on each course

IMISEBEYELANGA

Despite the considerable success of this programme, and the value given to children, the vulnerable and communities we have had to take some hard decisions due to the plummeting value of Sterling v the South African Rand – we are currently in negotiation to fund continued essential training by them, but reduced by about 1/3rd in 2010-2011.

As part of their extended programme Imisebeyelanga have been helping a very feisty young women we featured as ‘Martha’ on our website – who has set up an orphanage for abused street children; she was an abused street child herself and even since starting the orphanage has had to cope with several rape attempts, the latest in November 2009. We are planning to fund enough for the children’s food for a year.

COPESSA

A community service working with orphans, vulnerable children, and families in need. We fund the stipends and training of 6 volunteers including their supervision and the cost of training the supervisor at one of the advanced courses at CATTS.

In 2010-2011 we are supporting their aim to use 5 volunteer young people from Soweto to engage with the unemployed young people and school children to help pick up instances of abuse that are unresolved, and divert them and others from automatically entering lives of crime, violence, and abuse.

We will also continue to fund the stipend of 2 volunteers working with vulnerable families and children  

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??

Other incidental work

At Othendweni, an orphanage for abandoned and abused babies and children and part of Johannesburg Child Welfare Society,  we have previously funded the training of their volunteer workers through CATTS; the training at CATTS continues as and when they request places. At Othendweni they take in about 10 abandoned/ abused babies a month and regrettably some children stay for their whole childhood.

With help from a local church the children have formed a choir and we have introduced them to Angels Choir - www.angelschoir.org – the idea is to plan a visit to the UK later this year or in 2011, funded and organised by Angels Choir. There is no cost to the infant trust.

Lesley Rudd



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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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