South Africa

Piloting a youth friendly space in Johannesburg (small grant)

Organization: Future for African Children
Project: Piloting a youth friendly space in Johannesburg
Location: Johannesburg, South Africa
Target group: Children who are victims of abuse, Street children

The project provides a Child Friendly Space where at-risk children can learn and play in one of the most violent and marginalized townships in Johannesburg area. Integrated, holistic services are provided to youth and trained staff and volunteers offer structured activities and games to help children express themselves and normalize their lives.

Read more: http://www.futureafricanchildren.org/

Contact person at Childhood:
Britta Holmberg
britta.holmberg(a)childhood.org

 

Ububele Mother-Infant Home visiting project

Organization: The Ububele Educational and Psychotherapy Center
Project: Ububele Mother-Infant Home visiting project
Location: Johannesburg, South Africa
Target group: Families at risk, Parents at risk

The project aims to enhance the mother-infant relationship and security of infant attachment by supporting the mother’s capacity to care for her infant. Support is provided to mothers at risk in a poor, overcrowded township where crime, violence and abuse are prevalent. Regular home-visits are made by community-based lay women, trained and supervised by Ububele psychologists.

Read more: http://www.ububele.org/

Contact person at Childhood:
Britta Holmberg
britta.holmberg(a)childhood.org

 

Promoting prevention programming and child participation in South Africa

Organization: RAPCAN
Project: Promoting prevention programming and child participation in South Africa
Location: Cape Town, South Africa
Target group: Children who are victims of abuse

The project aims to strengthen community based structures and processes to prevent child abuse and make children less exposed to abuse in one of the most violent townships in Cape Town. It includes parenting training programs, communications for social change, child participation on different levels, strengthened cooperation between community-based organisations, afterschool care services and corporal punishment campaign in schools.

Read more: http://www.rapcan.org.za/home/
Contact person at Childhood:
Britta Holmberg
britta.holmberg(a)childhood.org

 

Kidz Clinic in Boksburg

Organization: Women and Men against Child Abuse
Project: Kidz Clinic in Boksburg
Location: Johannesburg, South Africa
Target group: Children who are victims of abuse

The clinic is a one-stop, child-friendly facility that provides free services for sexually, physically and emotionally abused children and to non-abuse parents. More than 200 sexually abused children per month are provided with forensic or psycho-social assessments, medical assessment & treatment, therapy, psycho-social intervention and court preparations.

Read more: http://www.wmaca.org.za

Contact person at Childhood:
Britta Holmberg
Britta.Holmberg(a)childhood.org

 

Care for kids

Organization: The Warehouse
Project: Care for kids
Location: Cape Town, South Africa
Target group: Children who are victims of abuse

The Care for Kids program works with churches from any denomination that are based in the poor communities and want to respond to the needs of orphans and vulnerable children. The project supports churches to increase their capacity to support and empower children and families, especially in the areas of child protection and grief support.

Read more: http://www.warehouse.org.za

Contact person at Childhood:
Britta Holmberg
britta.holmberg(a)childhood.org

 

Child Victim Empowerment Project

Organization: Lifeline/Childline Western Cape
Project: Child Victim Empowerment Project
Location: Cape Town, South Africa
Target group: Children who are victims of abuse

Childline provides psycho-social therapeutic interventions and bereavement counseling to child victims of abuse and to parents/care givers. The project also provides prevention training workshops for professionals meeting children and court preparations to children who are obliged to witness in court in order to ensure that child understands his/her rights and improve the child’s ability to testify effectively.

Read more: http://www.lifelinewc.org.za

Contact person at Childhood:
Britta Holmberg
Britta.Holmberg(a)childhood.org

 

Project Lungisela for former street youth leaving care

Organization: Mamelani Projects
Project: Project Lungisela for former street youth leaving care
Location: Cape Town, South Africa
Target group: Street children, Children in alternative care

Project Lungisela is a youth development program that provides support to former street youth, preparing them for leaving care. The program focuses on building a positive identity, a sense of connectedness to others and resilience through experiential learning, life skills, counseling, education and support in finding employment.

Read more: http://www.mamelani.org.za/

Contact person at Childhood:
Britta Holmberg
britta.holmberg(a)childhood.org

 

The Parent-Infant Intervention Home Visiting Programme

Organization: The Parent Centre
Project: The Parent-Infant Intervention Home Visiting Programme 
Location: Cape Town, South Africa
Target group: Families at risk

The program aims to prevent child abuse, neglect and abandonment through antenatal and postnatal home visits targeted towards parents at risk. Home visits are made by lay counselors trained and supervised by Parent Centre. The program has resulted in significantly reduced symptoms of maternal depression and a higher rate of secure attachment between mothers and infants.

Read more: www.theparentcentre.org.za

Contact person at Childhood:
Britta Holmberg
britta.holmberg(a)childhood.org

 

Philani Outreach Program

Organization: Philani Nutrition Centre
Project: Philani outreach program
Location: Khayelitsha, Cape Town, South Africa
Target group: Families at risk

The outreach program supports pregnant women and malnourished children through regular home-visits by volunteers from the community, so called Mentor Mothers. At present, Philani Outreach program has over 120 outreach workers who annually supports over 4000 families with malnourished children or pregnant mothers. Through the non-stigmatizing focus on nutrition, abusive and other at-risk families are identified and supported.

Read more: http://www.philani.org.za/

Contact person at Childhood:
Britta Holmberg
britta.holmberg(a)childhood.org

 

Meeting the needs of vulnerable families and children

Organization: Centre for Early Childhood Development (CECD)
Project: Meeting the needs of vulnerable families and children
Location: Gugulethu, Western Cape, South Africa
Target group: Families at risk, Children who are victims of abuse

CECD is implementing an outreach program that provides support to informal pre-schools and home-visiting programs to encourage early childhood programs in the homes. The aim is to help vulnerable children attain a safe home environment and to get quality, stimulating care and to obtain cognitive, emotional and social skills.

Read more: http://www.cecd.org.za/

Contact person at Childhood:
Britta Holmberg
britta.holmberg(a)childhood.org

 

The Gender Violence Programme

Organization: Ekupholeni Mental Health and Trauma Center
Project: The Gender Violence Programme
Location: Kathorus, Gauteng, South Africa
Target group: Children who are victims of abuse

South Africa has one of the highest incidences of sexual abuse in the world. Ekupholeni Gender Violence Program annually supports around 450 children who are victims or rape and sexual abuse. It provides a holistic support program including counselling, individual therapy, group therapy, support to parents of young rape victims and therapeutic camps.

Contact person at Childhood:
Britta Holmberg
britta.holmberg(a)childhood.org

 

Animal Assisted Therapy

Organization: Sixtyonethree
Project: Animal Assisted Therapy
Location: South Africa
Target group: Children who are victims of abuse


Contact person at Childhood:
Britta Holmberg
britta.holmberg(a)childhood.org

 

Boys Quest

Organization: James House
Project: Boys Quest
Location: South Africa
Target group:


Contact person at Childhood:
Britta Holmberg
britta.holmberg(a)childhood.org