Our girls so happy to be at their dance classes!
I always find it so amazing how quickly time flies, often when working with children you also cannot believe how quickly they grow up. Even most recently I experienced a moment like that when we marked the 21st birthday of a young man who I first met when he was 5 years old when we started our work in South Africa. But I am so pleased to say that this is one of our many success stories and testament to the work we do throughout the ages and phases of development,
One thing that is wonderful about residential care is that you get to do much more intensive work with the children referred to us. Whilst it is fantastic that we are able to enrol them all in schools for their educational support, we also have a team that can provide therapeutic support. This is of course much needed for children who have survived abuse. This month we were able to have four children assessed by an Occupational Therapist and also welcomed a group of OTs to do an activity morning with our children as well as training for child & youth care workers. It is these additional services that help us to ensure the children flourish.
We are also currently applying for 3 children to transition across to high school next year. It is in the next term that we especially take steps to ensure everything is in place for them and they have all their needs covered. It remains crucial for us to ensure that a child already disadvantaged from being taken into care is never stigmatized due to not having essential school items that can easily be taken for granted. But it is only with funds such as from our supporters reading this that we are able to open more doors and allow more opportunities for brighter futures to take place.
Most recently our children also took part in some fun extra cirruclar activity. Our boys and our girls are each having dance classes every week, with a group of boys soon to be entering a dance competition which is very exciting for them! We also took part in a beach clean-up as it is so important to teach children to give back themselves and educate them on topics such as ocean conservation. Finally we also had a super educational trip to the South African Airfroce Museum.
Please think of supporting us to help in our quest to continue in changing the lives of kids and young people. Every little helps - together we can achieve even more!
Taking part in a beach clean-up!
Educational outing to the airforce museum!