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.
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.

Feb 25, 2013

Newly Launched Project!

Dear valued Donors,

We are pleased to announce our newly launched project on Global Giving! We are very excited about this project which focuses on preventing HIV being transmitted from HIV positive mothers to their babies. This is a major issue needing to be addressed in South Africa and one that we are excited to be working on.

Please click the link below to see the project on the Global Giving website, and the next link below to see our first report giving additional details about what work we have started on the project. We would greatly appreciate if you could support us in this project in any way.

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

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

Thank you,

Kyle Ballard.

Feb 22, 2013

Timeline and Planned Activities

Welcome to our newly launched 'Elimination of Mother-To-Child Transmission Campaign'!

HIV transmission from an HIV positive mother to her new born child is a preventable occurrence, and one which must become the norm in South Africa if we are to have any hope of defeating HIV. Although we have been involved in this work since 2003, this is our first campaign that we have posted onto GlobalGiving. We have much work to do and look forward to partnering with donors across the world as we strive to make HIV a thing of the past.

This is a project which has been fully endorsed by the South African National AIDS Council (the highest national policy and programme decision making body in the country - see www.sanac.org.za). Yezingane Network is the children's sector representative on this council, and the mechanism through which this campaign will be implemented.

The Yezingane Network is a civil society network of organisations working to address the impact of HIV and AIDS, TB and STI’s on children, families and communities in South Africa. The Yezingane Network has represented children and children’s voices on the South African National AIDS Council since 2003 and continues to be one of the most organised and influential civil society movements in South Africa. There are a total of 194 members of Yezingane Network and an overall reach of approximately 17000 organisations in South Africa due to many of those members being networks themselves. The network consists of members from a wide variety of expertises and includes NGO’s, CBO’s, FBO’s, Networks, as well as Regional, National and International organisations. The Yezingane Network has developed a successful and cohesive model of networking and collaboration. Provincial Representatives of the Yezingane Network initiate provincial meetings and ensure that province and district specific issues are raised, collated and presented at the various AIDS Councils. Multi-sectoral collaboration, a bottom up approach, and results based programming, are foundational to the success of Yezingane Network. Genuine representation of children and children’s issues at the necessary policy and practice decision making spaces for HIV, TB and STI’s is ensured through child participation techniques and opportunities, as well as by the Network being accessible and inclusive of all child stakeholders. Yezingane Network is thus appropriately positioned to take responsibility for the implementation of this Campaign and look forward to impacting South African perceptions and practices around HIV, children, and pregnancy.

Please do not hesitate to contact us about more information about this campaign, our approach to it, and about the impact we are making.

Thank you,

Kyle Ballard.

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