THANK YOU for your support of Maranatha Care Children! Our primary project, the Siyakatala Child & Youth Care Centre in the Eastern Cape of South Africa, provides residential care for young people from age 5 to 20 years old. We aim to open doors for these children to receive specialist schooling and additional therapy, to meet their assessed needs and accomplishing what we know can be possible! This includes support through to independence, further education and job opportunities into adulthood!
Although young people can attend school in South Africa, many children in care have missed out on education, especially when having spent time living on the street. In the Eastern Cape only 38% of children under five are exposed to an Early Childhood Development programme (of any kind) at home, and this lack of stimulation in the early years has long-lasting effects. Some children have never been to school when coming to Siyakatala (even at the age of 15) and they need urgent specialist support
We wish to provide educational support that all children we care for require and help them overcome disadvantage. It is clear that with a lack of finances for NPO's in South Africa such visions become hard to achieve. When funds are available, Siyakatala will place children who need specialised education in schools that give them best opportunities to develop. We support a local primary school the children attend and also plan to reach out to rural areas targeting children with limited resources
Our central ethos is long term involvement. We want to empower and protect children and young people to integrate into society and become independent. The youth of today become adults of tomorrow and it makes political and social sense to invest in development. We want to invest in education and create positive role models which will reduce poverty & inequality and create positive pathways for young South Africans in the long term. Additional funds may be used for other educational initiatives
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