Girls Club encourages girls to open up about their feelings and opinions about sensitive issues.The girls speak freely and are encouraged to improve their self-esteem in order to stand up for themselves and make their own informed decisions.
Food for Thought
Often careworkers come across households where there are no parents and the children have barely any food to eat. Until the children are given a long term resolution they receive life saving food parcels.
"Providing food to vulnerable children is a cornerstone of the holistic care that we provide to OVC, to assist them to be healthy and thus remain at school and succeed in their schooling." Local Partner
One of the most vulnerable families attending Mgababa's Bjorn Centre for a few years now are about to build their own home at last. The first child from this family to attend the centre looked like a thin 6 month infant, and behaved like a newborn baby, unable to sit up or engage with eye contact. She is HIV positive.
The Gift of Education
Tebello does not look people straight in the eyes, but has a broad welcoming smile, that seems to go on forever. However, when her classmates looked at her, they would giggle and tease her.
"Before joining the [self-help] group my house was falling apart but now I have been able to borrow money from the group and have repaired my home. My house is now safe and dry and my children are warm."
When he was just eight year old, both Leonard's parents died and he moved in with his grandmother. His life changed, he had no parental love or any basic necessities. He didn't even have a school uniform, so was unable to continue his education.
"Like all 450 children who visit the centre, Thabo is given a daily hot meal after school, but my job is to see to his real needs, which are his education outside school and issues related to being a teenage orphan in an environment where crime, drugs and negative peer pressure are rife. He is one of 32 kids currently under my care.”
From a dump site to a hope site
“I asked the local municipality for some land to start a child care centre and they gave me a dump site.” Today the dump site has been replaced by a place of hope, love and care.
Thy Kingdom Care Centre
*Thandazile Gumede, a 7 year old girl at Thy Kingdom Care Centre, was abandoned by her mother after birth and raised by her grandmother. Thandazile’s grandmother struggled to enrol her at school as she did not have a birth certificate.
Garbage to Games
Starfish careworkers are running workshops with small groups of women in their own homes to create educational toys from waste and teaching them how to use the toys when playing with their children. This has had a very positive impact on the children's educational development.
After Matoma's mother died suddenly when she was just 1 month old, Matoma's grandmother knew how important it was that Matoma be tested for HIV, but she couldnn't afford the transport costs to get to the closest clinic and she was too unwell to walk that far. She was so releived when the Wellness Wagon nurse was abel to test Matoma and reassure her as well as checking that her immunizations were up to date.