These are some of our other projects:

  • A diversion programme for street boys (this page)

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A diversion programme for street boys.

Ghetto BoyzWe have been supporting these types of programmes for 4 years and they are immensely successful. These are always street boys most of whom have the most terrible histories – they have always suffered abuse themselves and, with no help, have found themselves excluded from school, in gangs, toting guns, abusing and terrorising others. We know from research that an abused boy is likely to go on and abuse between 200 and 300 younger children until stopped by death or prison, so it is crucial to do something to break this vicious cycle of brutality.

The diversion programme works by using football as the draw and then a panoply of life skills including vocational training.  The programme really works, and has an immense effect on the lives of the boys, what families they have, and their futures.

You can read more about the 'Boyz' and the football programmes HERE.

Working with violent young boys

There are many boys who are perpetrators of violence against small children, and many of these boys are under 12 years old having had the most appalling experiences themselves. We support a programme working with these boys to help them find different ways of living and interacting, to get them away from the street gangs and to avoid them hurtling towards youth offender units and prison or an untimely and violent death. It is an extraordinarily successful programme and the results are tremendously positive.


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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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