Hearts of Hope needs to provide an Education and Development Centre in South Africa to give educational and therapeutic services to the 34 orphaned and vulnerable children in their care in their children's home at any one time. This project will impact on 50 children per annum aged between birth and 6 years old. Developmentally delayed and most often severely traumatised children, specialised and specific education and development programmes are essential to support them.
As per UNICEF, there are 3.7 million orphans in South Africa. Whilst the HIV/AIDS pandemic is largely responsible for these at-risk children, a poor economy with minimal growth and employment opportunities has resulted in many children being abandoned, abused and neglected. Social workers have to remove many children from families to a place of care. Hearts of Hope fills this gap . One of the largest obstacles facing these children is the dire need of specialised education.
We educate children removed from living circumstances in terms of their physical, emotional and academic development. A broad reaching programme intervenes at all levels of development between the ages of birth and six years old. The problem is addressed by children receiving specialised, directed intervention that meets their particular development requirements. This investment in the foundation phase of their lives ensures they are no longer victims of their past but are able to be educated.
Our objectives is to reunite children with forever families. The project will impact on at least 50 children per annum. Learning and development can never be removed from a child an as such as they leave and enter their own new communities, they will be able to do so with confidence and an appropriate level of development and achievement of milestones. Educated children are able to access development opportunities and be independent, self sustainable and impact on their own future communities.