These are some of our other projects:

  • Training community volunteer workers (this page)


Training community volunteer workers

More of our green brigadeThrough several other partners we train many community volunteer workers – not like volunteers in the UK, these are full-time workers who do this work through a combination of commitment to their communities, to help what they can see around them, because there is no other work for them and because for any potential employer they have shown a commitment to work.

We aim to give these volunteer workers a range of skills in recognising abuse and knowing what to do about it as well as some basic knowledge of illnesses [usually linked to HIV/AIDS], some counselling skills, information about what welfare benefits are available and how to refer people/children in need of welfare support.

We aim to provide the courses through certified training organisations so the end certificates have some value for the future of the learners.


Training Auxiliary Social Workers

In 2013-2014 we are again funding the bursaries of people training to be Social Auxiliary Workers in organisations working with vulnerable abused and traumatised children.

Another four very proud community workers have, with our help, achieved a life-long ambition to become qualified Social Auxiliary Workers [SAW]. That now is over 50 people we have funded through this life-changing course.

The Social Auxiliary Workers are crucial in helping children and their families rebuild their lives after severe trauma, we are really proud of them and their work and are really proud to be part of ensuring they have enhanced skills and a qualification that will give each individual a confident and secure future.

Auxiliary social workers SAW graduates

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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.”
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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 .

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