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
Centre Manager telling a story
Centre Manager telling a story

Fikelela Child and Youth Care Centre, offers a safe space and place for 40 young children. There is so much life, love, laughter and joy that takes place every day. It is amazing to see the growth in the life of the children. The new year started with 11 children having to be registered for pre-school. The excitement, wearing a school uniform, being dressed like everyone else that leaves with the transport in the morning. The transition in the children is unbelievable.

We are so grateful for every donation that we receive it enables us to bring about joy every day. It creates an opportunity for us to educate our children with life skills to allow them to cope better at school and in the home.

We have 6 babies, 9 toddlers, 11 preschool age, 15 grade 1-4. These numbers varies as children come and go. At the end of last year all of our children passed to the next grade and everyone was overjoyed the hard work of the carers, volunteers, management structures was fruitful. The children were rewarded with an amazing outing to Loewenstein, where they were entertained with arts and crafts, swimming, games, lovely sausage rolls, party packs and face painting.

A lot of time, money and resources are invested in the lives of the children as we strive to nurse them back to health: physically, mentally and emotionally. Thank you for making a difference to the lives of our children.

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Children in our new vehicle
Children in our new vehicle

It gives us great pleasure to share stories of the children with you. Currently we have:

  • 9 Girls between the ages 0-3 years
  • 8 girls between the ages 4-6 years
  • 3 girls between the ages 7-10 years
  • 6 boys between the ages 0-3 years
  • 7 boys between the ages 4-6 years
  • 9 boys between the ages 7-10 years

All our children are assessed weekly to monitor growth and development. Fine motor skills and gross motor skills are strenghened daily. It's pick up sticks, building of lego blocks, balancing on the beam, its jumping, skipping, baby yogo, riding bicycles, running, hoola hoop, painting, drawing, singing, dancing, reading, eating and self feeding. Your kind and generous donation enables us to offer all of this to our children.

Our young pre-schoolers attend school at a Academy, we were pleasantly surprised at the difference a school uniform made to the lives of these young ones. The quietest of little ones are now so confidant and expressing themselves.

All 20 of our staff have attended behaviour management training which has equipped them to deal a whole lot better with the behaviour of the children. 5 of our staff attended the child abuse programme training Jerry Giraffe.

Global Giving has created the opportunity for us to bring about a smile to the lives of our children.

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Volunteer reading a story
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Social Worker teaching children listening skills
Social Worker teaching children listening skills

Global Giving Report August 2017

Another opportunity to express our heartfelt gratitude to our donors for your support of our children

Currently we have 35 children in the home they are such a happy bunch and keeps us on our toes all day and all night.

Jerry Giraffe, teaching our children about body pride, the importance of their bodies, saying NO when somebody touches them, the interactive engaging with the programme is bringing about lots of joy for us at the home.

Our careers are also learning how to take the resource into their own homes and into their communities which is an amazing story to share and tell.

Life orientation, life skills are ongoing teaching opportunities our children at Fikelela are becoming more vocal about their feelings.  They are now able to teach children within their classes what they are being taught at home. 

We have had the privilege of being taught how to deal with children and their emotions by using “the Russian doll model” and also the “Teddy Bear Cards” These two teaching techniques coupled with our Jerry Giraffe programme has brought about a two way communication with our children.

They understand how special they are by expressing themselves with the aid of Jerry, the talking flower, teddy bear cards and the Russian dolls.  We are teaching that we are their family and so we do care deeply about each other.

Education - our children are dealing very well at School because of the assessments that we have done, we are able to close the gaps with the numeracy and literacy, milestones and measuring monthly their progress.

Baby Yoga has become a favourite stimulating session for both the carers and the children.  Your donation makes it possible for us to use these various resources and skills of volunteers to teach us daily.

We love sharing our stories with you until next time God Bless you all.

Teaching house mothers how to deal with children
Teaching house mothers how to deal with children
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Your gift to us is priceless, we treasure your support especially the change that you have brought about in our lives. My socks might not be matching but I am safe and happy where I am right now.

We are currently 37 children at the home and we are very happy, we are loved, we are cared for deeply and we are fed very well.


Our stories start with us being badly abused, neglected, abandoned , infected or affected by HIV & AIDS or sometimes just malnourished. We are placed at the home and here is where our journey of change begins.


Every day we are taken through programmes to strengthen our fine and gross motor skills. We are taught about the dangers of abuse, the beauty of taking pride in our bodies and being equipped to look after ourselves. We love the programme Jerry Giraffe it teaches us good things.


We have been placed into a brand new school just around the corner from our home there are 8 of us who attend the Pre – School and Grade R. We have been taught how to occupy ourselves, so we are now able to write our names, count and this has boosted our confidence levels and so we are very proud of who we are.


Every day we have to wear our school uniform and we are very proud of our uniforms. It is white blouses, black school shoes and navy blue skirts and grey shorts. We have to look after our uniforms because it cost a lot of money and we have to wear it every day.


Your donation enables us to be educated every day and to be kept off the streets and to learn to become strong.
I am only 8 years old and I have never been to school all the other children go off to school every day and I have to stay at home. I am lucky that a teacher comes to our home twice a week to teach me the curriculum. I know that plans are being made for me to attend school as well.


We also have dreams and some of us want to be Doctors, Engineers, Pilots, Teachers. We want to help others as we are currently being assisted at Fikelela.


Thank you for your support and for loving us the way you do.

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Children playing

GlobalGiving Report 28 February, 2017

The best gift that we can give each other is the gift of ‘time’. Attached to that gift are the most amazing benefits, you hear laughter, you experience joy, there is an opportunity to grow, nurture and develop the children.
We express our heartfelt thanks to each and every donor and their families for touching lives and allowing and enabling us to develop the children.

The past couple of months we have spent loads of energy, skill in assisting our children to control their behaviours by dealing with the issues at hand.With the assistance of a volunteer who is completing her studies in psychology we were able to sit down with many of our older girls and allow them the space to share their feelings and emotions.

At the Centre we have converted one of our tiny offices into a therapy room. This room is the safe space where they have time out, dealing with their anger or just having discipline problems. The therapy room has a “blackboard wall” and sometimes we are in awe at how much scribbling happens there. The room is working in terms of disciplining the children especially when they lash out at each other and not knowing how to deal with their feelings.

All 14 of our school going children have passed to the next grade and this was quite welcoming for us. Our toddlers and pre -school children are attending a school close to the home so they are able to walk to school. What a delight this has proven to be the kids simply love it because they get home earlier and can have more play time. The older children in the age group 5 – 10 years will start their first session with Jerry Giraffe programme during this current week. Our next report we will share the pictures of our sessions.

December time was quite challenging with all of the children being on vacation. We have no volunteers from the second week in December so it is all hands on deck. All of our Mamas have to be ready to start the day with programmes from 8-00 a.m. in the morning already. Occupying the children during the vacation time is a full time job and we love spending this precious time with our children.

We are sharing pictures of the children playing with dolls even the boys had their turn. They were playing a day at the clinic and one of the older children had great joy and fun being the Doctor, the children visiting with their babies on their backs.

In January 6 children were re-unified with family which brought about mixed emotions from the children. We continue to keep our children in prayer and offer support to the families of the children who had exited the home
From all of the children at Fikelela we say thank you for your support, your love and care.

God bless

Playing with dolls FCC
Playing with dolls FCC
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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
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