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Support 80 abandoned children in Cape Town

by FIKELELA AIDS PROJECT
Support 80 abandoned children in Cape Town
Support 80 abandoned children in Cape Town
Support 80 abandoned children in Cape Town
Support 80 abandoned children in Cape Town
Support 80 abandoned children in Cape Town
Support 80 abandoned children in Cape Town

At a time when the entire World has been affected by lock down due to COVID 19 virus.  This has brought about loads of anxiety, fear, challenges and a new way of doing things.  

Thank goodness for technology, we were forced to implement with immediate affect a different way of looking after our children. 

With lock down pressure, no visitors are allowed at the Centre, social distancing sees our children not leaving the home at all, no children are exiting the centre and no new admissions are being allowed.

This makes perfect sense as it avoids issues around space for quarantine and self-isolation. We are very proud to share with you as our Donors each and every one of our staff have been trained and equipped to deal with sanitizing/disinfecting surfaces, washing of children’s hands, washing of clothing, wearing of masks. 

On a daily basis the children are receiving their stimulation and development programs, school work is sent to the Administrator and all of the staff are involved with this activity. Our children are so excited every day as they cannot wait to see or hear what surprise awaits them on the day. I am actually not sure if it is because they are not leaving to attend school (no pressure of educator or school friends). We have watched our children blossom and grow over this period of lockdown. They are so confident and very willing to assist with the hand washing and the sanitizing. They have become obedient, they are listening and it is clearly because of all of the attention that they are receiving from the Carers (the people who they look up to as their Parent)

A lot of our time has been spent in teaching the children the Jerry Giraffe child abuse program, we are also equipping them with life skills especially around the Big No and taking responsibility for their actions. Our older children are loving the opportunity to being part of the big brother, big sister role.

The beauty of children they are able to teach us so much, despite the pressure and challenges of lock down,  their energy levels, their laughter and their joy is so contagious it is actually inspiring and makes one forget about how much there is to do.

From the children of Fikelela thank you for your support, keep safe and say indoors.

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FIkelela Child and Youth Care Centre - A deep sense of gratitude from the children to all our supporters, from the bottom of our hearts we thank you for continuing supporting the work that we do.

Fikelela Child & Youth Care Centre is a safe space, that was created for children to be nurtured and developed. The start of the academic year we engaged with the story of Jerry going to school. Children meeting new friends, children being disciplined and listening.

Using Jerry Giraffe and the talking flower encourages our children to fit in their new environment.

Much love and apprecition from all of us at Fikelela

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With your kind assistance we were able to ensure that one of our 6 year old toddler is able to graduate from pre-school and attend big school next year. It is such a proud moment for us as this was one of our children at the centre who was in a bad condition. It took lots of love, care, perseverance and support and the results is well worth it. Thank you for bringing about that change in the life of this little girl.

It is with such a proud heart and one filled with joy as I arrived at the centre dressed in a bright red dress and our children started singing to me "I am special, I am special, so are you, so are you, very very special, very very special so are you, so are you". They carried on singing the song at least 10 times. Every time I left the area and I came back they started singing again. It really warmed our hearts to hear the children sing and the happy faces, they were glowing. Each one wanted a turn to start off the song and eventually we had to say to them come now eat your lunch.

Thank you for supporting the Fikelela Family and for enabling us to give our children the best love, care and support that they so rightfully deserve. 40 Children resident in one facility is a very big family and it takes a lot of planning, hard work, commitment and dedicated staff. It also requires lots of financial planning and support.

On arrival at the centre the children are welcomed, assessed and arrangements made to take them to the local clinic or government hospital. Once the children's health is cleared we then include them in the daily therapeutic and development program.

It is songs being sung, numbers being counted, drawings on pages, puzzels being built, balancing on beams, catching balls, playing on the mat and their favourite is story telling.

We thank you for contributing to making the difference in the lives of children.

As we enter the last two months of 2019, we thank you for all that you do for us and we trust that we can rely on your ongoing support.

With much love and appreciation,

Fikelela Family

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Fikelela is a temporary safe care facility for 40 children and your donation makes a world of difference to the lives of our children.

Every morning the children start off by washing their faces and the older children assisting the younger ones to get themselves ready for breakfast and school. The group who attends school leaves as early as 6:30 in  the morning, ready with back packs, school books, packed lunches and homework all done. Pre-schoolers attends the local academy just around the corner from the centre and they leave at 7:30am.

The home is then transformed, clean up, making up of beds, washing dishes and seeing to the younger ones. Deeply snugged into their carry cots, panel heaters generating sufficient heat for the little ones. The daily programs starts and it varies from brushing teeth, building blocks, completing activities, assessing mobility, jumping, skipping, singing, dancing, lots of love and laughter is generated during early morning program from 9:00 till 12:00 daily. 

As young as they are they sing the song "clean up, clean up, everyone clean up" and it is so inspirational to see how every little child contributes to the excercise. They then sit on the mat very quietly and have their story time - the volunteers reads a story to them, they engage having to point out who the characters are and their favourite is when they talk about fruit and eating an apple/orange/banana in the story and the children are then offered that fruit. The squeals of delight as they connect the fruit in the story to the fruit in their hands.

We have learn't the importance of educating our children at the centre as best as we can and we see progress especially when stake-holders come and spend time with the kids how familiar everything is to them and how confident they are at engaging.

July we celebrated Mandela month, we had arrange stake holders to educate our children around safety, and about the importance of knowing what to do when there is a fire, assessing our fire equipment  and ensuring that we have everything in the right place. The fire and rescue department were in awe of the children, just at their behaviour and how happy they were that when it came to their turn to do the education,  they were so focussed on cuddling and holding the children which made a difference to their own personal lives. 

Your ongoing support enables all of our staff to continue giving the children the best care that they deserve.

With much love and appreciation.

 

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Global Giving Report Fikelela Child and Youth Care Centre - Support of abandoned children

Life at the centre has been a buzz with children leaving the home and being re-unified with family or foster families. It is such a bitter - sweet story one is deeply affected when children arrive at the Centre badly neglected, malnourished, infected and affected by HIV/AIDS, abused or children at risk.

There is lots of crying, children overwhelmed by being removed from their homes and  families and being placed in a place of safety. It is hard work, lots of love and care that is administered by each and every individual at the facility to turn that crying , fear and anxiety to comfort and joy. 

We are in awe as the resident children embrace new children and make them feel at home by reaching out with a sweet, a piece of fruit, a hand of friendship because they are reminded of the day that they arrived at the centre for the first time. 

Our roles don't stop at when children arrive or when they leave we also have to deal with the separation as children leave the home and I am still left behind. Is there something wrong with me? 

Your gift enables us to offer our children one on one counselling sessions to deal with these deep rooted emotions and issues. It is with great pride that we share that we have 4 Male Carers at the facility to assist us with raising our boys especially around issues like discipline and how to assist in the home. 

From all of the children at Fikelela we appreciate you very much and we are very grateful for your donation. We are happy children, we are fed well, we are educated daily with good resources like the Jerry Giraffe Sunday School Program as well as the Survivor Africa Sexuality Program and the Agents of Change Life Skills Program. 

As we grow older we begin to understand things differently and we do ask lots of questions.

Thank you for your support and for making a difference to our lives.  

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FIKELELA AIDS PROJECT

Location: cape town, western cape - South Africa
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Project Leader:
Beverley Hendricks
Cape Town, Western Cape South Africa

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