Another High School crisis at the rural areas of Eshowe On the 25th of July 2012 Child Care SA visited Phindulimi high school, under the Vuleka-Be wise programme. It’s a programme that looks at the knowledge that the youth has in terms of the application processes, the opportunities that are offered at the universities, and the way one can be enrolled to one of the universities. Sfiso Cele one of the project officer at the Child Care SA, advised the learners on the route to take when applying at the university or FET colleges. On the other hand, there were several speakers addressing and...
Changing a mind of a young person has never been easy, convincing them to believe that the action that they make will determine their future. On the 26th of July 2012 the Child Care SA team, the SHOMIS in action, went to Sphoso High School for closure of the programme. Now the learners were given knowledge based on the issues that young people face when they are in high schools, they talked about HIV & AIDS, gender abuse, drugs & alcohol, relationships & sexuality, adolescence and counselling skills, and now they are given a chance to talk more about what they have learned through an...
After a big fire in the kitchen to cook the dinner, the ‘Gogo’ (grand-mother in Zulu), the mam, the child mentor Nomfundo which is almost my age, and me decided to go to eat in the zulu round house which was the bedroom, because the temperature was nice and it was not full of smoke like in the kitchen.. Sited on the floor, each of us took its plate full of rice and spicy beef, and began to eat, at the light of a small gas lamp. This intimate atmosphere was perfect to spoke about confidence and the mam began to talk about funny anecdote she had at work during the day. She spoke about a fat woman,...
Away from the atmosphere of the city, I have been touched by the generosity and the kindness of the inhabitant of Mvuzane, the village where I stayed one night. All of them greet me and welcome me with a respect that I never seen before. In these small tribes, hierarchy and respect are very present in there day-to-day life. In the taxi-bus on the road, a stranger asked me where I was going and to meet who. Surprised by the question I answered simply and tried to change the conversation but he stayed on this point. Finally I understood that he just wanted to offer me an accommodation for the night...
I am Veronika, but here they call me “Nobuhle”. I came to work with Child Care five weeks ago as a part of my university internship, and the intention was clear: willing to assist with any tasks, participate in any project run by Child Care. I came here to help others. Slowly I began to learn about the culture. I have spent a lot of time in Child Care offices with my colleagues learning about the organization, the performance, the problems and the way they face it. Thus I got to know the people I work with. What about those we work for? Some days ago I got the chance to spend two days in a rural...
CCSA is a community based organisation, based in the North of KwaZulu Natal – Eshowe. It strives to create a society where children have the opportunities and encouragement to develop into responsible, self-sufficient adults who are able to contribute positively to society and break the cycle of poverty. As an organisation based in a rural community we had nothing but FEAR when it came to the subject of the FIFA world cup. The fear was mostly caused by the concerns we had regarding the safety of the children during the long school holidays. We service an area that has the highest numbers of...
This is a three-level learning programme designed to support managers of civil society organisations to achieve their full potential as managers and leaders, in their organisations and beyond. It will enable us to learn and develop ourselves: as a whole human being, living and working in our complex, challenging and possibility-rich context; as a manager, guiding and facilitating technical, programmatic and operational work in your organisation and ensuring coherent results; and as a leader, developing and maintaining transformational and strategic relationships to make a positive difference...
The National Department of Social Development and UNICEF have created 3 booklets on the Children’s Act.These are easy to read and use, simplified without the use of legal terminology. Booklet 1: Children and parents – rights and responsibilities Booklet 2: Prevention, intervention and care Booklet 3: The courts and the protection of children You can download these as well as the Act from the following link:www.dsd.gov.za/index.php?option=com_docman&task=cat_view&gid=60&Itemid=3
Hi my name is Londiwe Fihlela. I am a first year Public Relations student at the Durban University of technology. Public relations management is referred to as the organisations effort to win the co-operation of people (Lesley 1987) I have learnt many things in this organisation. As a future Public Relations Practitioner the work that is done here gave me a proper view of what really happens out there. Because public relations is about counselling the leaders of the organisation and implementing planned programmes of action which will serve both the organisation and the public interest,...
Nomthandazo Mhlongo is the Programs Coordinator she joined the organisation in 2006. She is a member of the Management team, which see to day to day operations of the organisation. Amongst her responsibilities she co-ordinates the OVC Support Program, which seeks to enhance the capacity of communities and families structures to care for orphans & other vulnerable children living in poverty. Nomthandazo has to: Supervise the 24 Child Mentors based in 11 rural villages. Facilitate quarterly meetings of the 9 Child Care Forums Facilitate Care Givers workshops to empower them of...
Like most people in the organisation, Sifiso Cele started off as a mentor but is now in charge of the Shomies in Action program. The aim of this project is to effect positive and healthy lifestyle changes amongst young people through mentoring. Sifiso Cele mentors young people in the UThungulu District. The children are taught about the importance of taking good care of themselves. During the mentoring sessions 10 important factors are brought forward which the children are made aware of. These are: HIV/Aids Gender Based Violence(GBV) Drugs & Alcohol Relationships &...
Tholakele Xulu is one of the members make up Child Care SA. She started working for the organisation as a mentor in 2007, where she did door to door data collection on OVC (Orphans vulnerable children). She is currently the Advocacy Office where she focuses on the following: Child advocacyThis practice requires her to go out to schools and inform children about their rights and responsibilities. Children are given a perfect knowledge of measures they can take when it comes to protecting themselves. They are also made aware of the various sources of which they can get help. As much as...