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

Wishing all of our donors a blessed 2022 and a huge thank you from our beneficiaries for all of your support. 

As we have journeyed during 2021 we are extremely grateful for every donation we have received. It is the most challenging area of our work trying to source new donors and donations. Keep us inspired and motivated.

With your kind assistance we have been able to achieve the following with the Children at Fikelela.

The Jerry Giraffe program forms part of our daily stimulation play, learn and engage with each other. So whether Jerry is used as identifying the colour yellow, or the talking flower as the discipline tool and the star for affirming our children they are very familiar with the resources.

As children leave the home and are reunified or even fostered it is very encouraging for us to receive feedback from family wanting to know more about Jerry and the talking flower and the star.

Children listen more attentively and they also encourage the naughty ones and the new ones to pay attention to the story line of Jerry.

Children are affirmed and acknowledged daily, they know that they are very special and the favorite song to sing is I am special, I am special so are you.  They know how to behave towards each other as well as to the Carers and everyone else who engages with them. Homework is accomplished a lot better now as they love their story telling time with Jerry and other books.

Our children who are receiving occupational therapy has also improved remarkably as they participate in the Jerry sessions.

The facility Manager Lulamile Mzuzu spent some time with the toddlers as he had noticed there was a bit of jealousy around new children arriving at the Centre.

Our plans for the next couple of months is to get all of our Carers at the facility to be trained in the Jerry Child abuse program as it is a good tool to equip them in dealing with the children.

Archbishop Emiratus Desmond Mpilo Tutu says “do your little bit of good where you are, it’s those little bits of good put together that overwhelms the world".

With your bits of good you enable us to overwhelm the children.

With much love and appreciation.

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Despite the challenges that we are all experiencing globally with Covid 19 we have also had to manage ourselves very differently and apply ourselves in a practical and creative way.

Nelson Mandela quote:  Together as a nation, we have the obligation to put sunshine into the hearts of our little ones. They are our precious possessions. They deserve what happiness life can offer.

On a daily basis all of the Children at Fikelela Child and Youth Care Centre needs to be screened, their temperatures are taken and recorded and this records are sent to the Department of Social Development weekly on a Thursday.  This has created extra work for us and our Carers and at the same time it has created an opportunity for us to realize the importance of each and every child at our facility.

It is at a time like this where we are able to sing with them, cuddle and tickle them as we prepare to take the temperatures, we get the older children to assist us with gathering them together in little groups so that we do not miss out on any one child.

We line them up and do our story telling on Jerry Giraffe, the importance of loving them and making them feel extra special, we share from the book how precious they all are and how important they are to us at Fikelela.

This quarter we used our Jerry Giraffe resource pack the Jerry, with the talking flower and the star in the bright yellow colour was used to teach the children about the colour yellow and also to teach them to count how many objects they could see around them. The children are very excited when Jerry visits as they love the bright yellow colour of the toys and the beautiful sunshine that emanates from their smiles and laughter.

With the intake of new children at the facility the children love singing the song from the Jerry program “I am special, I am special, so are you, so are you, very very special, very very special, so are you, so are you. 

Thank you for making us feel special and for all of your love and support and for the opportunity to contribute to our happiness.  As part of their journey of happiness the children were taken to the Blue train park in Mouille Point and they loved the train ride and playing on the play park and all of the creative sports equipment. 

Blessings always,

Beverley Hendricks

Co-ordinator

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A huge thanks to all of our supporters/donors for making a difference to the lives of children who are vulnerable and at risk.

It is our great pleasure to share with you the children at our facility are happy children, you always hearing laughter and singing and dancing and that makes us very happy.

When children arrived at Fikelela they are sad, anxious and not always understanding why they have been brought to a place where they have to stay with complete strangers.

It is beautiful for us to see progress within a couple of days and weeks and this is primarily your donation encouraging to continue to make a difference in the lives of the children.

The Jerry Giraffe child abuse program has been so helpful in terms of behavior change, they listen more attentively, they relate to each other differently and more interest is shown in what their peers are doing in the home and what their challenges are.

We have realized that the children are instrumental in assisting each other to cope better at the facility.

To all of our Donors at this time of the World being in turmoil we say a huge thank you.

Blessings always,

Beverley Hendricks

Fikelela Aids Project

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South African has reached its 1 million mark of people infected with Covid 19 virus. We are at a point where it is no longer out there but affecting people who are known to us. We join the World in searching for a miracle of healing.

Despite the pressures of the pandemic we find that keeping our children at Fikelela in doors and limiting their movements it does make it a lot easier.

However this means that we have to up our game in keeping our children occupied. For this very reason the Jerry Giraffe child abuse program is used once a week with the children at the home. Our academic calendar year stats in the next two weeks and we hope and trust that our children will have a year with less interruptions.

With the restrictions in place the behavior of children are affected in a big way so it is important that our Carers are equipped to deal with the children differently.  The children are divided into age groups and we focus on serious issues like social distancing, sanitizing, wearing of masks, playing with friends on the school grounds, touching - good and bad touching, saying no - understanding consequences if we don’t listen, rewards, HIV and Aids - when somebody gets hurt who do we call/what do we do, what is abuse - how do we deal with abuse.

On a daily basis the children are exposed to fine and gross motor skills development, therapeutic play, activities, puzzles and recreational sports.

Our younger children receive massages from the carers focusing on the joints, hands, feet and talking to the babies. We have witnessed through these kind of engagements singing and playing with the children how relaxed they are and how happy the children are.

With the Jerry Giraffe child abuse program we have given the toddlers an opportunity to share with the other children what they had learnt whilst learning from the program.

We trust that as the children leave the facility and are re-unified with family that all of the life skills that we share with them they will take with them and use it in their new surroundings.

The Fikelela family thanks you for your donation to the children at Fikelela as this enables us to make a huge difference to the physical, emotional and spiritual well -being of the children.

Thank you for touching lives and making a difference to the lives of the 40 children between the ages of birth to 10 years. 

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It brings us great joy to share our report with you - Fikelela Child and Youth Care Centre in Khayelitsha a temporary safe care facility for 40 children.

Spending time with the children one would never say that they are children who have been abandoned, neglected, abused, children at risk, children who are vulnerable, infected and affected by HIV & AIDS. Listening to their voices as they sing, watching and listening to them whilst they are busy with their developmental program in the morning one is so inspired to want to share their stories.

Due to lockdown and Covid 19 we were forced to change the way we do things. No volunteers and visitors allowed for the duration of lockdown.  All of us decided jointly that we would ensure that the children are occupied, that they are taught something new every day and that we would allow them to have fun whilst they are being developed.

Staff at the home wearing PPE as one of the first steps dealing with the pandemic. On a daily basis the children are engaging with hand sanitizing, cleaning surfaces and educating them around Covid 19.

We have seen a difference around the children, they understood the dangers of infection, why we have to sanitize surfaces, especially the bathroom areas and the areas where the children frequent.

Staff had to be shown and taught by the Doctor & Nurse how to sanitize the hands of the young children and the importance of keeping our-self safe and ensuring the safety of the children.

Keeping the children occupied all day was also something new for the facility as we were so used to children attending school every day.  Pictures tell a story - the children love the Jerry Giraffe program, saying hello to Jerry and embracing him as part of our lesson.

The session shared is about “choices” each child could choose a sweet/lollipop/chocolate and it was fascinating to see how they picked up different items before they settled for their item of choice.

The children then discussed with the social worker why they first touched one item then the next item, some of them were content with choosing first time round. Their story line about choices and understanding was linked to them living at Fikelela and choosing to listen to be obedient and participating in activities. This was linked to decision making they have choices to make between right and wrong, playing games and participating as groups or as individuals.

Children as young as they are included in decision making processes at the home. They remind us as adults to wash our hands, wear a mask and to sanitize.

Your generous donation enables us to spend time with the children, making a difference to their lives and to contribute to their development and to maintain a therapeutic environment at all times.

Mandela day - we had no visitors and we had suggested drive by visits to families and organizations.  It made us realize that people were not ready to take this on, with social distancing and people working from home we realized people were afraid.  To celebrate Mandela day we taught the children about our hero Madiba, children made little cards to hand out to visitors and they made their own hand painted poster of Madiba.

2020 has shown us how the World has changed and how important support is. We trust that we can count on your love and support to allow us to give our children the best to enrich and enhance their lives.

Thank you for your support of the children at Fikelela.

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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
$70,051 raised of $100,000 goal
 
552 donations
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