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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

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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Beach Time
Beach Time

We currently have 40 children at the home leaving us with no bed space. Amidst the hustle and the bustle it is always good to see our childen happy, hearing loads of laughter and they love to sing and dance. 

It is always good to share when we are aware of children in the process of being re-unified with their biological parents. This brings about a bag of mixed emotions: It is very exciting for the children, a bit sad for our carers who have been nurturing the children over a period of time and then the joy knowing they are going back to family. 

We try our best to educate the children around this process as we continue to support the children and their families ongoing. 

Some of our children spent time with their families over the festive season which was also very exciting. It is good to listen to their stories as they share their joy and how they miss their homes and their families.  

We spend a lot of time counselling the children around these emotional experiences. 

One of our older boys has long last been placed into a school, he has been at the home for nearly 3 years and we were not able to place into any of our schools. He is the happiest boy around now and does not want to miss a day of school. We are so grateful that we were able to have him home-schooled which was very helpful in finding a placement for him at the school. Our carers continues to teach our children about safety, in the home and at the school, the importance of their bodies and how they need to take  care of themselves.

We are grateful for all of your support and for making it possible for us to receive the best care, love and support!

Warms Greetings,

Beverley Hendricks (Coordinator)  

Kids enjoying themselves
Kids enjoying themselves
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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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