Child Welfare’s mission is ‘to lead in the achievement of a safe and caring environment for children by promoting, protecting and enhancing the safety, well-being and healthy development of children’.
Its core business involves the following:
- Foster care placement and supervision (Children’s Court Inquiries)
- Family preservation services
- Family reunification services
- Prevention / early intervention services (after care programmes and services)
- Community based child care and protection services (foster homes)
- Crisis intervention
- Child abuse investigations
- Community projects / programmes
Thokomala Foster Home
There are seven orphans in this foster home. Each of the children is coping well both at home and at school. Although Thokomala Orphancare continues to provide financial support, funding for the home continues to be an issue.
Noluthando Soup Kitchen
Rotary & Periwinkle Trust were instrumental in making the soup kitchen a reality. Child Welfare identified a suitable property in Ekuphumleni which Rotary then renovated. They also provided the equipment and continue to provide funds towards the running costs of the soup kitchen. Child Welfare is responsible for managing the soup kitchen. Sixty children each receive a meal on a daily basis and as funders continue to come on board, more and more children can be included.
Asibavikele "Lets protect them"
This project currently has seven full-time careworkers (volunteers) from the surrounding communities of Ekuphumleni, Marselle and Klipfontein. The careworkers have all received basic training in identifying signs of abuse and neglect, and other child-related matters. The volunteers also manage a number of smaller projects, including the Educational Support Group which was established in 2012 to alleviate the high number of school drop-outs in the community of Klipfontein.
Under Child Welfare’s supervision the project manages an after-school centre for 30 children from Grade 1 to Grade 7. The children are provided with extra-mural educational programs such as reading and a homework club. They have access to Afrikaans and English literature, and they receive some help with mathematics. Important issues such as the prevention of child abuse and HIV/AIDS are discussed. Learners receive psycho-social support for their social and emotional difficulties, and when necessary their problems are referred to other professionals such as social workers, psychologists and clinics. There is a great deal of networking and communication with the school principals, class teachers and parents. There are two careworkers who assist children from Monday to Friday between 15h00 and 17h00 in the afternoons during school holidays when the children participate in a holiday club.
Helping Hands Soup Kitchen
The kitchen was started by Gladys Hani in 1998 with only 12 children. It now feeds approximately 70 children per day. The Childrens’ Feeding Trust in Port Elizabeth assists Child Welfare in providing funds to cover the running costs of the kitchen. All the children in attendance are required to attend school each day and now also receive homework supervision at the kitchen should they require it. There are toys and books available for the children as well as a safe environment in which to play.