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How the infant trust is making a real difference

Update October 2013:

Since we first thought, in 2004, to start a charity protecting children in South Africa from really brutal abuse our friends, funders and supporters have helped us to raise over half a million pounds. We have used that money to work in partnership with some amazing South African organisations - probably our greatest achievement is to have funded the training of more than three thousand people, mostly women.

Through them, and their communities we have helped to protect and improve the lives of over six hundred thousand vulnerable children…..

In anyone’s assessment that is amazing.  Thank you to everyone who has helped in whatever way they can.


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Comments from our partners:

Thank you to all at the infant trust for all your immense work and support, you are making an enormous difference to the safety of children in our beautiful country of South Africa.

Alice Carnell. Regional Co-ordinator, Childline SA
http://www.childlinesa.org.za/

Most of our clients present with emotional and psychological issues caused by trauma related to gender violence, poverty, multiple bereavement HIV/AIDS and abuse.  Child and youth bereavement as well as related problems of child-headed households and abuse has taken on a new dimension in its prevalence and severity during the year. The unique resources from the infant trust in funding and training volunteers to work with clients has been immense in enabling us to help these children.

Annual report, Ekupholeni Mental Health and Trauma Centre 2009.
Antje Manfroni, Director

ekupholeni@icon.co.za

Thank you for making so many little hearts happy. Thank you that it is never too much effort for you to invest in our beautiful country, we are planning an amazing time for Mogodu children.

Germa Hattingh, Organisational Manager, Imisebeyelanga
http://www.imisebe.org/

I would like to send my sincere appreciation for the incredible support you have given to me as the provincial leader and to our crèche care givers. It is really encouraging to know there are people like you who understand the struggle faced by the children and by us all the time and who keep on providing the much needed money and support.

Provincial Director, Childline SA
http://www.childlinesa.org.za/

I would like to express our gratitude once again to the infant trustfor funding the training of our staff at level 1 and level 2. It makes such a difference to their work and their ability to help abused children. Without this training many more abused children and families would be even more severely traumatised; now we really know how to help.

Senior social worker, Topsy Foundation.
http://www.topsy.org.za

Thanks for all you are doing for the children we work with – we would never cope without the assistance of people like yourself. I am so grateful that you comeyourself and view projects; so often donors do not visit – especially the outlying provinces - and therefore they do not see the real needs.

Joan Van Niekerk, Head of Childline South Africa
http://www.childlinesa.org.za/

See this pdf file with a ringing endorsement of our work with Johannesburg Child Welfare Society from Lyn Perry, Director.

http://www.jhbchildwelfare.org.za

Please allow Imisebeyelanga Services the opportunity to express our sincere gratitude and appreciation for the partnership with the infant trust. You are giving each learner the opportunity to experience healing in his or her own lives and heal the community they live in. the infant trust will always be a much appreciated stakeholder to us.

http://www.imisebe.org/

Thank you so much for your support and ongoing involvement in making a difference in the lives of abused children.

Manager, Ekupholeni.
ekupholeni@icon.co.za

Thank you to all at the infant trust for all your terrific support for the children of South Africa.

Regional Co-ordinator, Childline SA
http://www.childlinesa.org.za/

We aspire to protect children by creating safe, secure and caring communities for children. Thanks to the continuing help from the infant trust we are able to do this.

COPESSA is a community-based non-profit organisation based in Soweto, Johannesburg, which focuses on the prevention of child abuse and neglect.

Most of our clients present with emotional and psychological issues caused by trauma related to gender violence, poverty, multiple bereavement HIV/AIDS and abuse. Child and youth bereavement as well as related problems of child-headed households and abuse has taken on a new dimension in its prevalence and severity during the year. The unique resources from the infant trust in funding and training volunteers to work with clients has been immense in enabling us to help these children.

Annual report. Ekupholeni Mental Health and Trauma Centre 2009
ekupholeni@icon.co.za

Many of our workers and volunteers have really benefited from the CATTS [Child Abuse Treatment and Training Centre] training funded by the infant trust and we can see how differently they now approach their work; children are being helped now even more than ever. We can’t thank you enough for the support you give for the children of South Africa.

Annual report from Johannesburg Child Welfare Centre
http://www.jhbchildwelfare.org.za/services.php?servid=2

Since 2005, the relationship established with the infant trust in the U.K. has facilitated the training of care workers, volunteers, educators and field workers.

Learners attending the training are equipped with knowledge and skills on the signs and symptoms of child sexual abuse, risk assessment, basic counselling skills, handling sexual acting out behaviour in children and working with persons affected and infected with HIV and AIDS.

The advanced course focuses on trauma debriefing, loss and death with a huge emphasis on self- awareness. We thank you for supporting the training, for supporting our volunteers and, most of all, for supporting and helping our children.

Manager, Child Abuse Treatment and Training Centre. Johannesburg.
http://www.jhbchildwelfare.org.za/services.php?servid=2

In May and November we held workshops to help to identify children who are abused, and how to report and support the child. Our most grateful thanks to the infant trust for their support and funding

Regional Co-ordinator, Childline SA
http://www.childlinesa.org.za/

The funding from the infant trust has made such a difference in our lives, both in the training and in being able to provide a safe place for children during the day, and we are hoping you continue to support us until we can be able to stand on our own.

Outreach worker from Khanyisile working in the community to identify small children at risk

You actually have no idea how grateful we are to the funding the infant trust provides although you probably know the levels of unemployment and lack of skills in this country especially for young people as well as the staff turnover.

Your contributions are beneficial to Johannesburg Child Welfare Society, individuals from poor and disadvantaged communities and South Africa as a country..

Assistant Director, Johannesburg Child Welfare Society
http://www.jhbchildwelfare.org.za

Thank you very, very much to the infant trust for your latest grant. It’s amazing how things work. It came in at a time when we were on the bare bones. We were actually scrounging around for food money when yours came in so, thanks to you, we could feed our children.

Botshabelo Home - a home for abused, abandoned and street children
http://www.botshabelo.org/

 



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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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