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

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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Our current number of children are 20 boys and 18 girls, we are very happy with the progress of the children at the centre, we do find that behaviour challenges do surface and our child and youth care workers have attended training with the Parent Centre to strenghten their skills in dealing with behaviour challenges. 

Our children are also benefiting from the Jerry Giraffe child abuse program and they love the story line of Jerry. We are teaching the children about rules and regulations within the home structure as they are aware of rules within the class room structure. Our children love to be rewarded and to work for rewards, we have a discipline chart on the wall and it is good to hear and see how they encourage each other to work for their gold stars. Rewards can be a little snack, or a treat or an outing to the stadium which they all love. 

We are in the process of setting up a homework corner for all of our children to encourage the learner who seems to be struggling with school work. This will be monitored very closely and we are drawing in as many resources as we can to assist with the learner who is struggling. 

The centre recently experienced the sad loss of one of our babies, it was a very emotional experience for all of us and our staff have been counselled. Despite the sadness of losing one child we are able to give the rest of the children the best love, care, support and education that they deserve. Our children are focused on exams at the moment and we trust that they will all do well. Our pre-schoolers we have one child that will be graduating and the rest will move to Grade R we are so proud of our children and they bring so much joy into our home.

playing soccer
playing soccer
Enjoying a lovely treat from McDonalds
Enjoying a lovely treat from McDonalds
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Fikelela Child and Youth Care Centre proudly shares with you the difference that your donation has brought about in the lives of our beautiful children. 

Currently we have 36 children in the home with 5 young babies and it is amazing to see the ones who were the babies before seeming so grown up as you watch them engage with each other. 

Can you imagine 21 boys and 15 girls each with their own identity, character, sense of humour, levels of confidence, ready to face a new day. 

We see the change in our children daily as they receive love and joy from our Carres, Social Worker, Nurse, Auxillary Social Worker, Manager, Administrator, Driver, the Cooks and even from their own peers. 

Your donation enables us to do enrichment programs daily and this deals with their fine and gross motor skills, we incorporate games and educational processes which assist them with listening, improving memory skills, their vocabulary, following instructions, our children love being part of group therapy and engaging in group play. 

We currently have two boys who are being home schooled by our volunteers and educators who have retired and still have the deep passion and commitment to educate children who are in need of assistance. 

On behalf of our children we say thank you for touching our lives and making a difference out there. 

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Sincere appreciation on behalf of the children for the beautiful donations received. 33 Children currently at the centre, happy children, wel fed and receiving good eduaction.

9 of our children atten pre-school daily 15 of our toddlers attends 7 different schools in Cape Town and the other 9 children are at the centre daily. 2 of our children are being home-schooled whilst we try to get them into the main stream schools.

Your donation has enabled us to look at the whole holistic journey of the children. Fikelela is extremely grateful for each and everyone's dontion. Thank you for making a difference in the lives of our little one! God bless

Sisters
Sisters
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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
$70,581 raised of $100,000 goal
 
569 donations
$29,419 to go
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