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Bethlehem Child and Family Welfare has a well-established Child and Youth Care Centre in Bethlehem specialising in children who have been living on the streets and orphaned and vulnerable children. The organisation has identified that most of the children living on the streets are predominately male as the females are mostly caught up in prostitution however, that does not mean that there are not female street children but, there are few.
The Bethlehem Tshepong ya Rona shelter specializes in caring for and housing children who have been living on the streets. For many of the children this becomes the first place ever where they are cared for and supported. Bethlehem Child and Family Welfare motivate and encourage the children to return to school and assist through applying to the relevant schools. The children are then given the appropriate school uniform and required stationery. Every morning, Bethlehem Child and Family Welfare transport the children to school and collect them in the afternoons to take them back to the Child and Youth Care Centre. They are provided with 3 properly cooked meals a day and snacks in between.
This Fouriesburg Child and Youth Drop-in Centre is aimed at providing services to orphaned and vulnerable children. Here, children are given a fully cooked meal on a daily basis; they are assisted with their homework; they are helped with cleaning their school uniforms and weather permitting, take part in various activities. The number of children utilizing this service is expected to increase rapidly during 2011 as there are high numbers of unemployment, poverty and families, especially children, caring for terminally ill members in and around the area. Bethlehem Child and Family Welfare will also provide these children with a fully qualified educator to assist with homework and other schooling difficulties.GET INVOLVED
1. Financial assistance towards the overall project
These children would be found on the street living in boxes, or on the rubbish dumps scratching for old food, or begging for food and money without the assistance of Bethlehem Child and Family Welfare. They are dependent on the organisation and it is the assistance and support they are receiving that will ensure their ultimate success as adults. Bethlehem Child and Family Welfare employ the relevant qualified and experienced staff to work in the various programs, especially the programs associated with children. The organisation needs assistance with the running costs of these programs to ensure the services to these children are effective and successful.
2. Financial assistance towards the purchasing of food
Supplying food is extremely important as most of the children utilizing the drop-in centres will only receive that meal for the day. It is with this in mind that Bethlehem Child and Family Welfare need to ensure they are receiving a fully cooked and nutritious meal daily. The Child and Youth Care Centre in Bethlehem have children residing at the centre therefore at least 3 cooked meals per day is required and being children, snacks is also necessary.
3. Financial assistance towards the purchasing of 2 Wendy houses
Currently, the children do not have proper facilities in which to eat nor do they have facilities in which they are able to get together comfortably to watch TV, read and socialize. It has been identified that to provide them with at least 2 Wendy houses, Bethlehem Child and Family Welfare can convert the one to a study and dining room where the children can be taught proper eating etiquette and the second one to a social lounge where the children can watch TV and enjoy each other’s company. Currently, they are eating in their rooms or sitting outside and this is not conducive to being taught proper manners nor is it a comfortable environment in which they can just sit and chat and laugh together.
4. Financial assistance towards the purchasing of beds, linen and blankets
The children’s mattresses and beds are very old and the centre is in desperate need for new ones. The Child and Youth Care Centre is the only home these children know and their happiness and comfort is a priority for Bethlehem Child and Family Welfare. The organisation would like to provide at least new mattresses for the beds, new bedding and new curtains.
5. Financial assistance towards the purchasing of tables and chairs for the children
Bethlehem Child and Family Welfare need assistance in obtaining chairs and tables for the children in Fouriesburg. These chairs and tables will be used during lunch times to eat and during homework time on which to do their homework. The current facility does not have this basic necessity as there is no room in which to set it out however, the new Child and Youth Care Centre in Fouriesburg will have the space but Bethlehem Child and Family Welfare need assistance in obtaining this vital equipment to ensure the effectiveness of the services being offered.
- Financial assistance towards the purchasing of clothing, shoes, school clothes and school stationary
- Financial assistance towards the purchasing of hygiene care items, i.e.: face cloths, soap, toothbrushes, tooth paste, washing powder, etc.
- Donations of food and non-perishable food / clothing / hygiene care items / etc.
- Donations of beds, linen, blankets and curtains
- Donations of table and chairs