Support 80 abandoned children in Cape Town


Mandela day is always  a day of great excitement at the Fikelela Childrens Centre as lots of visitors come to play with the kids and to volunteers

First up was the Traffic department all dressed up.. They taught the kids how to be safe crossing a road. The children were a bit scared of Dan the Cat but cheered up when snacks were brought out!

Then came teh Police, not dressed up in uniform. It was very special for the kids to play with men as all of their carers are women and they dont get many chanced to interact with men

And then came Uncle tony from Cosatu who treated them all to a KFC! What a day!

For our kids, many who have only experienced abuse, neglect or abandonment from their biological fathers, it was a wonderful day to meet strong, caring male role models and to see the kind of men they can grow up to become. What a wondeful MAN(DELA) day!

We are excited to have completed the training of our senior staff who have graduated as fully trained child and youth care workers. They will be able to supervise , encourage and inspire the staff who are still doing their training.

This has improved the quality of care and stimulation given to the children at the centre. Although we are running at full capacity with not a bed open for more than a few days at a time, the staff, due to their training, are able to concentrate on what is really important to the children's quality of life.

We have also started a fun recreational programme once a week with the preschool children and school children which they are all loving

At Fikelela we are passionately committed to education as a key to the Children's future. Often children come to us who have been neglected or moved from carer to carer and their education has suffered tremendously. Simple things like someone teaching you to hold a crayon and colour in have been developmental steps our kids have missed out on.

So we put a lot of effort into our after school programme and are blessed with wonderful volunteers who assist.

We started last year with many kids struggling with thier maths but saw great improvement by the end of the year as this became a focus for the after school support.

We were delighted with the childrens' report cards at the end of the year and to see the improvements educationally.

We have even started a little stimulation and development group with our tinies (0-2 years).

Thankyou for helping us to help our kids acheive a better future through love, education and hope!


It has been a wonderful year so far. We have seen an increase in placements of babies at the centre.  we have had six new babies under the age of six and two of them are less than two months old so are really teeny!

 the older children are enjoying interacting with the tiny babies who are no bigger than their arms!

we are very proud of our loving carers who still give the children the one on one love and care that they crave.

All the children are growing fast and meeting thier developmental milestones.

With Christmas coming we are so appreciative of our supporters and friends who always ensure that our children have special memories of treats and presents at this time of joy and celebration

At Fikelela our vision is for children to be brought up in a family home. They stay with us for a short period as we believe that children should not become institutionalised.

At first we try to identify an extended family member, usually an aunt or grannie. if we cannot find one suitable or willing to take on the little one, then the children are placed with foster families.

Now we are exploring another option of permanent adoption. We are partnering with an adoption agency and the first five children are beginning the process of finding a new permanent loving home


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Location: cape town, western cape - South Africa
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Project Leader:
rachel mash
Cape Town, Western Cape South Africa

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