Children's Rights Centre (CRC)

We seek to contribute to the development of a sustainable child-friendly society in South Africa, with child-friendly policies and practices at all levels of society based on the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, African Charter on the Rights & Welfare of the Child, and the South African Constitution. We do this through awareness-raising, training, monitoring, advocacy, information sharing and building a children's rights movement including children and adults as partners.
May 20, 2013

Reaching Malawi

Some exciting developments have been taking place for the “My Living Positively Handbook” which helps children cope with living with HIV and the associated stigma, treatment regimens, communicating with others, and self- esteem. A community nurse, from the Matunkha Centre in Northern Malawi contacted Children’s Rights Centre, with interest in our handbook. I have copied part of her email to us below:

“I am doing home based care and palliative care. In our program we have at least 60 children who are HIV-positive. It's very difficult to find good teaching materials for these children. Next month I hope to open a ART- clinic and I think more children will come.

A friend gave me 'My living positively handbook'. I'd like to try-out this book to see if it is useful here. One of the steps I have to take is to translate it in Chitumbuka.”

At least two significant aspects of this feedback are important for us. Firstly that the book has reached not only children in South Africa, but that people believe in it so much to share it with others even so far as Malawi. Secondly, the impact that this book is having in children’s lives is significant enough for people to invest their own time, money and energy to translate it into their own language. We have been able to share the necessary documents and templates with this organization to allow for an easier update of this book, and will review the content once it has been translated to ensure the quality is still maintained.

We would like to thank you, our donors once again for your support and we hope that this feedback encourages and inspires you, as your support makes a real difference in children’s lives.

Thank you,

Kyle Ballard

May 10, 2013

Steady progress being made

Steady progress has been made thus far with the preparations for the launch of this campaign on the 1st August 2013. The content for the information booklet for mothers is being developed by a team of pediatricians and communication specialists. The individuals involved in developing our booklet for mothers were heavily involved in the development of the newly launched National Prevention of Mother-To-Child Transmission (PMTCT) Policy for South Africa. There are few others in South Africa who understand this policy as well as these professionals and we are privileged and honored to have them working with us.

Listen out for our Yezingane Network Chairperson Prof. Ashraf Coovadia speaking about the campaign on SAFM (http://tunein.com/radio/SAFM-1051-s6404/) on Wednesday 15th May at 19h00 South African time (Africa/Johannesburg). To see what time this is in your country visit http://www.timezoneconverter.com/cgi-bin/tzc.tzc.

 

We sincerely appreciate your support and contributions to this project, and we will continue to keep you updated on the progress and impact that your invest is making in the lives of South African mothers and babies.

Thank you,

Kyle Ballard

Mar 1, 2013

Continued Impact in 2013

Dear Valued Donors,

 

We are pleased to share with you that the My Living Positively Handbook for HIV infected and affected children has had continued impact into 2013.

 

In the months of January and February 2013 we have distributed a total of 401 Handbooks for children and 421 Guides for adults. These went to 7 provinces in South Africa including Mpumalanga, Free State, Limpopo, Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal, and Western Cape. These have been specifically distributed into rural areas to provide a valuable resource for children and adults for understanding their HIV treatment, and dealing with the stigma they experience. Often this handbook is the first book a child or household owns, and therefore has a huge impact in assisting children and their caregivers to understand HIV and provides the tools needed to help cope with its effects.

 

We would like to thank you for your continued support of this project as your contributions truly have a lasting impact on the wellbeing of children in South Africa.

If you have not done so already, please consider also supporting our newly launched Campaign aimed at preventing HIV transmission to new born babies.

http://www.globalgiving.org/projects/preventing-hiv-in-south-african-babies/

Thank you,

Kyle Ballard.

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