Halfway through 2021!!!! Wow, it feels like yesterday when we welcomed each other into an uncertain 2021 and here we are, halfway down the year…..
The beginning of June formed part of Child Protection Week and as a Child Protection Organisation we are tasked with the duty to assist and support all networks and stakeholders involved in the protection of children.
In our Organisation we have noticed an increase over the past 3 months, in the number of reports of child neglect requiring investigation, support and intervention. These reports often confirm circumstances of neglect due to limited resources available within a family.
It has become evident that the overall socio-economic impact of the pandemic is beginning to realise in the physical circumstances of families and children. The ability of support systems such as family, friends and community networks to assist is declining as the pandemic continues.
Each report of child neglect is assessed on merit and where possible support in the form of clothing, food parcels and other necessities are provided to relieve some of the strain on the child within it’s family. This ability to support and assist is solely dependent on our own resources within our pantry and the support we receive from the community.
Our ask is for individuals, businesses or corporates that are in a position to assist and support our nutritional programme with non-perishable groceries to pack into food parcels and support the beneficiaries in our community. For more information visit our website www.childwelfaregermiston.org.za
When hearts take hands - action occurs and the world around us changes…..
Barbara Bouwer, Director
Youth Empowerment Programme
Child Welfare Germiston has more than 250 active youth beneficiaries receiving our services with hundreds that have already exited our Child Protection Program. The 16th of June marks our National Youth Day and at Child Welfare Germiston we are developing a Youth Empowerment Program focussed on supporting our youth beneficiaries to transition from being within the Child Protection System to higher education and career training opportunities.
We are seeking to establish partnerships with businesses that could facilitate learnerships, internships and basic career training opportunities for the youngsters in whom we have invested our resources through our services.
Many of our children, families and foster families need support and assistance at this time. The increased lockdown and the cold weather have created increased need for food donations. There are two easy options to make donations on our website. We also welcome any donations of dry, non-perishable items at our offices - full Covid-19 protocols are in place. Many thanks for your assistance.