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

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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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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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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