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Kids Haven received funding from StreetSmart Johannesburg towards the Bridging School programme facilitator and social worker salaries. Here is one of their good news stories:
SAPS found Norman (a 12-year-old boy) roaming the streets and brought him to Kids Haven. His mother, an illegal Lesotho national, had died and the boy lived with his father, employed as a truck driver.
Norman came to Kids Haven and was placed in the Bridging School in September 2017. In December 2017, he received an award at the Bridging School assembly for smartness, hard work and improved behaviour.
While at Kids Haven, he participated in sports and excelled at cricket as a batsman. He also played chess in the Bridging School, and enjoyed the organised social outings. Norman’s IDP (Individual Development Plan) 6-monthly review by his social worker and key childcare worker, noted that Norman’s behaviour improved and that he was kind and generous to other children. He was described as being an average to weak performer at school.
His father completed the positive parenting programme at Kids Haven and attended, with his girlfriend, the Kids Haven Family Day arranged by the social workers. Norman visited his father’s home during the school holidays.
Norman moved into Grade 4 in the formal school in 2019, before being reunified, through his social worker, Anele Mpala, with his stepmother in Qwa Qwa. He is now included in Kids Haven’s aftercare monitoring programme, and is attending normal school Grade 5, in Qwa Qwa.
NOTE: Whilst the story is true, the name/s have been changed in order to protect the child/ren.