History of Organization
• It was in 1992 when it was observed that there were children, boys in particular who were searching for food in the dustbins, begging and sleeping in the streets. The children were destitute as some of their parents neglected them due to alcohol abuse. Some were orphans due to the Boipatong massacre.
• The intention was to rehabilitate them from drug abuse and reconcile them with their families and also to improve their behaviour so that they become better citizens in the future.
• In 1996 the then Western Vaal Municipality offered a house which was renovated to suite the norms and standards of a shelter according to the Department of Social Development (DSD). The house was leased to us for a period of 10 years at R50.00 per annum.
• To provide destitute and abandoned boys that are coming through the court of law with a home that will cater for their needs and rights which are; the right to shelter, food, safety, clothing and education.
• To develop and nurture the potential of the boys, preparing them for the outside world with the help of parents, educators, the community, donors, and different denominations.
• Provision of food: Provide the boys with a daily meal three times a day.
• Developmental Programmes: To address the child’s educational needs, to give every child the opportunity to receive education and training and develop educational skills, to equip the child vocational skills and ensure that the child is well prepared for independent living.
• Emancipation Programmes: Focuses on supporting a child from the Emfuleni Child and Youth Care Centre Programme who completed their secondary education and/or a child who is unable to complete their secondary education. The child is being provided with the opportunity to further their education or alternatively be assisted to enrol into another form of training and eventually find suitable employment.
• Therapeutic services: To ensure that the child’s needs are met and that they develop and improve their current level of emotional functioning.
• Reunification services: Successful reunification of the child with the family origin, to give a child with uninvolved parents the exposure to a normal family life by introducing them to holiday parents.
• Recreational Programmes: to ensure that a child lives a healthy, balanced lifestyle and is exposed to learning different activities and skills.