These are some of our current projects:

A wonderful crèche

  • Setting up Centre of Excellence Crèches (this page)

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Working with partners in northern Pretoria we are funding the development of 6 crèches that are to become Centres of Excellence; these centres will act as the hub and support and trainers for a group of 12-15 other crèches to learn and develop and provide excellent services for the local communities. The idea is that this model will then ripple out further and further.

 

Children enjoying the open airIn 2008 we started to support a new crèche in northern Limpopo, working with Childline. This is an area of great deprivation, no employment, and poor prospects for anyone.  Here, in the hidden rural spaces, there are hundreds of children of all ages left alone all day and at the mercy of any potential danger.

We have worked with Childline to setup and develop a new crèche specifically for the little ones most at risk. And what a success it is being!

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We are now past our third year and over the months have helped to setup toilets, running water, a Jungle Gym, a range of toys and learning materials. There are currently over 70 children from 8 months to 5 years old and the transformation of the children from when they arrive to when they leave the crèche is remarkable.

I can always tell the new children because they are so down-at-heel, quiet and often sick, but with the care of the teachers and good food they blossom – the Head teacher of the local primary school tells me that the difference in these children and those who have not been cared for in such and environment is quite startling – he says, without a blink, these are the children who will go to University and are the future of the country! This year we are hoping that the crèche can become fully registered and we can move on to support a new crèche somewhere equally as deserving.

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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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