Kidstop’s focus is to connect with the children and youth, through street outreach and the Drop-in Centre, where the children participates in a variety of activities giving each child the opportunity to develop his or her own individual talent.
The children find a safe environment where they can learn informally and get motivated to prepare for mainstream schooling. These children are placed into mainstream schools with great success.
BecomingKids functions as one of the projects under Stellumthombo, a registered NPC with PBO status. BecomingKids is an early intervention programme focusing on high risk children living in the Cloetesville area in Stellenbosch. This programme addresses the needs of such children through a holistic approach that focuses on the physical, social and emotional wellbeing of each individual child and has a specific focus on mentorship and peer learning.
School of Hope is a registered special-needs secondary school that provides a second chance at education for at-risk, vulnerable children and youth, that includes former street children, rehabilitated drug addicts, and children from abusive, neglectful homes. There is no requirement of an entrance exam, only the prerequisite that students demonstrate a willingness to learn. They offer computer application technology (CAT) as a compulsory subject to ensure that every learner leaves the school in possession of knowledge that they can use in the current information age and in their future career.
PEN-Streetwise Projects reaches out to orphaned, vulnerable and street children, reconciling them where possible, with their families. Alternatively, children who do not have access to family, parents or caring adults, are offered care and support at the Leratong Child and Youth care Center.
PEN Streetwise Project received R15,000 from StreetSmart Pretoria, towards a social worker salary.
ONS PLEK PROJECTS
Ons Plek is the only NPO in the Western Cape focussing exclusively on young girls and successfully re-unites female street children with their families and, failing that, they are sufficiently empowered at Ons Plek Projects to grow into healthy, independent, functioning members of society. Further preventative programms are run in the Philippi community.
Masizame, a registered Child and Youth Care Centre, believes that children need safe and steady families to create and establish their support bases. Masizame recognises the effect of the trauma of removing a child from his/her family on a child, and as such, fully subscribe to the Department of Social Development’s aim to shift the emphasis to family preservation through early intervention services.
Henry’s story: At the tender age of one, Henry’s father was sentenced to 25 years in prison and to this day, they do not have contact. Henry`s mother moved to Plettenberg Bay in 2015 and here, he was bullied daily by his peers and as a result, dropped out of school.