Maranatha Care Children

Maranatha Care Children is a non-profit charity, established in 2009 and registered with the Charity Commission in the UK (Charity No: 1139344), aiming to help South African children by offering development in education and life skills, providing suitable home environments and safeguarding the futures of those in care. The objects of the organisation (as set out in our governing constitution) are as follows: 1. To promote social inclusion for the public benefit by preventing children and young people in care in South Africa from becoming socially excluded. 2. To relieve the needs of such children and young people who are socially excluded and assisting them to integrate into society. ...

Maranatha Care Children
14 Whiteford Road
Mannamead
Plymouth, Devon PL3 5LX
United Kingdom
00447765184878
http://www.maranathacarechildren.com

Board of Directors

Harrison Nash,Kathryn Nash,John Nash

Project Leaders

Harrison Nash

Mission

Maranatha Care Children is a non-profit charity, established in 2009 and registered with the Charity Commission in the UK (Charity No: 1139344), aiming to help South African children by offering development in education and life skills, providing suitable home environments and safeguarding the futures of those in care. The objects of the organisation (as set out in our governing constitution) are as follows: 1. To promote social inclusion for the public benefit by preventing children and young people in care in South Africa from becoming socially excluded. 2. To relieve the needs of such children and young people who are socially excluded and assisting them to integrate into society. For the purpose of these objects, 'socially excluded' means being excluded from society, or parts of society, as a result of being a member of a socially and economically deprived community. In this case, it includes orphans, street children and other South African children and young people at risk, who are in residential care. Our final object is as follows: 3. To advance the education of pupils at schools and educational establishments in South Africa by providing and assisting in the provision of facilities and equipment for education Maranatha Care Children looks to achieve these aims through: i) Providing individualised support and working alongside those in care to develop personal plans that respond to the children and young people's own needs and desires. ii) Safeguarding the future of young people in care coming to the end of their schooling by allowing access to education and training that empower them to lead healthy and fulfilling independent lifestyles that do not put them back in an environment where they are at risk. iii) Offering children in care the educational support they need through individual attention and opportunities for private education and additional therapy where necessary. Promoting equality of opportunities, challenging discrimination and encouraging children in care to develop their talents and capabilities. We will arrange engaging initiatives and activities that promote social inclusion, provide skills and competencies, and ensure integration into society. Research shows that although South Africa is the most developed nation on the African continent, it also has one of the largest number of orphans and neglected children. Just one in three children live with both biological parents. One in ve children have lost one or both parents, and the AIDS epidemic is an important driver of the growing number of orphans. Almost 12 million children (64% of all children) live in poverty. Violence against children is pervasive in the country, with over 56,500 children reported to be victims of violent crime in 2009/10, yet many more offences remaining unreported. People closest to them perpetrate the majority of cases of child sexual and physical abuse. 29% of all sexual offences against children involve those aged 0-10 years old, with South Africa having one of the highest incidences of child and baby rape in the world. South Africa has made signicant strides in ensuring that children in need of protection are placed in appropriate alternative care options. Over 13,250 children stay in care centres, close to half (45%) having been abandoned or neglected. Yet even when children are brought into care, they still need on-going support and our help in providing them with brighter futures. Such children are found to require greater emotional sustenance, due to the traumatic experiences they been through. At Maranatha Care Children we do what we can to rebuild lives and inspire brighter futures for those we support. Every child deserves to grow with love, with respect and with security. We want to help children shape their own futures, recognising skills and abilities, providing education and training and helping young people in care to contribute to society. We feel that work with young people should be about engaging with them and facilitating them to pursue their own activities and aspirations. In line with this, we know we have to work in partnership with projects to fulfil their needs, but also put the child central to our decision making process, as the best interests of the child is paramount as emphasised throughout legislation and the new Children's Act 2005 governing the safeguarding of children in South Africa. We want children and young people we support to have meaningful participation in the decisions that affect their life. Our central ethos is long term involvement and looking at empowering and protecting children and young people through to integration into society and independence. We also support initiatives that can build bonds with family members and improve their home environments and parenting capacities, but know the priority must always be the welfare of the child. We recognise the importance of working in the partnership with the care centres that provide these children with a lifeline. We aim to work closely with a handful of organisations in South Africa every year, closely aligned with our own objectives, and helping them to fulfill their own needs and assist in making brighter futures possible for the children they look after. Our current focus is on education, as although many young people are able to attend school in South Africa, many children in care have missed out on education and support that we often take for granted from a young age, especially when having spent time on the street. Nationwide, only 43% of children under ve are exposed to an Early Childhood Development programme (of any kind) at home, with the statistic falling to 38% in the Eastern Cape where we operate, and this lack of stimulation in the early years has long-lasting effects. We want to offer these children the support they need; primarily giving each child the individual attention and love they may have never received. But we also aim to open doors for specialist education, remedial support and additional therapy, where these children will see their potential realised. A huge number of children in South Africa are out of school, and in the Eastern Cape only 26 % finish their secondary schooling. We wish to provide the educational support all children we reach out to require, meeting their assessed needs and helping them to accomplish what we know can be possible. However it is clear that with a lack of finances for many NPO's in South Africa such visions become hard to achieve.

Programs

Our primary project is the Siyakatala (Xhosa for "We really care") Child and Youth Care Centre for up to 20 boys and 12 girls. The project was originally formed in July 2003 through the work of the South African non-profit organisation Maranatha Streetworkers Trust (Reg No: 012-046 NPO / Trust: IT 814/2002) and currently caters for children and young people receiving full time residential care from the ages of 4 to 19 years of age. Some of the children have never been to school when they come to Siyakatala, and the aim is to place children who need specialised education in special schools to give them the best opportunity to develop. They also look to explore opportunities for future training and higher education in safeguarding the future of all those at the home, even after the age of 18. An extensive activity & educational programme incorporating therapeutic services including play therapy and animal therapy takes place at the centre. Siyakatala remain in need of on-going financial support in providing the best opportunities for the children in their care. The donations we received this year helped us towards the following achievements over the course of the year at the Siyakatala Child & Youth Care Centre: 1. Providing furniture requirements & security improvements for a new girls section (allowing extra children to be accommodated) 2. Extended the bathroom areas for boys at the centre (for facilities to be suitable for 20 boys at the centre) 3. Building a new extension to the boys section as a separate house (with necessary appliances/furniture) for our oldest boys (18+) to promote their independence. We have also now started with vocational training courses. 4. Purchased clothes for children at the centre, including those who were recently placed (or who had come in off the streets) only with the clothes they had on. We similarly purchased all school clothing for those enrolled in schools over the last year 5. We also donated funds towards the yearly school transport for those required to attend one specialist school (essential for the development of the specific children placed there and located 20km away from the centre). 6. We have also kept our partnership with the Humewood Sea Scouts, funding for over 20 children from the centre to attend the cubs/scouts group on a weekly basis, including funds to attend skill building camps. Our secondary project is Protea Primary, a school for traumatised children with behavioural related problems, from Grade R to Grade 7 (ages 5 to 14). It is joined to a place of safety (as the children have mostly suffered ill-treatment or neglect at home) where the children stay (being one of just 5 places of safety through the Eastern Cape), before either returning to family members or being moved to an established children's home or care centre. The children all receive their education at Protea Primary for the duration of their stay at the Place of Safety, which can be for up to 2 years. Maranatha Care Children aim to continue our support of their fantastic work, having funded two terms worth of stationery at the school to date (ensuring that up to 60 children there could still receive an education despite the lack of funding the school had received). Going forward into 2012 we have started to make links with the Helenvale Urban Creche (caring for 50 children in one of the poorest areas of Port Elizabeth where there is a high incidence of drug abuse and gangsterism) as we are eager to branch out into pre-school care. We are also looking at setting up an established outreach project for children still on the streets. Finally one of our main new projects has been our involvement in the planning of 'Inqugu Halfway House', the first transitional house in the Eastern Cape for young offenders on parole who have no fixed address, looking at opportunities for counseling, training, education and employment in working towards positive reintegration into society.

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