Cause Index

Jane's Haven

It is now our time to act and do what is right.
In doing so, we are committed to:

1 Riel-Dance, Music, Song, Sport and Drama
2 Promotion of Food Security
3 Community Based Care for vulnerable children.
4 Emergency accommodations for terminal and week persons – short term.
5 Job creation and income generation.
6 Life Skills development – focusing on the out of school youth.
7. A Soup Kitchen for those who do not have food on the table.
8 Home Base Care
9. Old Age Home Care
10 Games & Hip-Hop
11 HIV/AIDS and TB and also Disable People
12. Cleaning Services
Consult with and include the targeted communities in the activities of the Haven;
• Implement the activities of the haven in a transparent and accountable manner;
• Uphold good governance
• practices within the haven; and
• event stakeholders.

• Embrace broader participation and dialogue with reel helping with rehabilitation, counselling and feeding of all Jane’s Haven Inhabitants with all their shortcomings.

The Vision Statement of the Association is:

• To create a sense of self respect and of individuality.
• To uplift the children to become worthy citizens;
• To teach them to respect their fellow citizens.
• To teach the street children skills which they can apply in their adulthood.
• To develop Street – and Disabled Children to their maximum capacity.
• To assist HIV/AIDS and TB infected .and also Disable people

The Mission Statement of the Association is:
• To infect youth with enthusiasm to fight HIV/AIDS, and inspire people to create a better life for themselves and those around.

• Led by our vision we endeavour to serve the community through the upliftment of our street children and all the other vulnerable people.
• They should development skills in the field of education, reading, writing and, mathematic (litnum).
• It is of paramount importance to help them to overcome their own disabilities, their background and hindrances of the past as they have been handicapped in those fields. As they help themselves, they can study, go to FET’s, and institutions of higher education.
• They should develop skills in handwork, craftsmanship, arts, and engineering. So that they can end up in FET’s, Technology Colleges, Universities of Technology, and Universities.
• They should develop management skills, entrepreneurial skills to equip themselves to provide work for themselves and manage their own businesses.

1. Statement of need

The economic and social conditions in South Africa, more particularly in the rural
parts, have put more strain on the youth to develop their talents and potential. Unemployment rates, HIV/Aids and TB infections, poverty, violence and crime are all factors that are negatively impacting on the development of youth today. The rate of unemployment the Kannaland municipal district is high, which had a negative impact on the youth in the area as increasing numbers of youth are leaving school due to teenage pregnancies. These implications are far-reaching and may in certain cases result in disentanglement from society. The pursuit and understanding of independence on the part of the youth is often void of a comprehension of the increased responsibilities that accompany their freedom. In recent years, the role of youth in the South African context has not been embraced and appreciated in a systemic manner. It is clear that youth are progressively finding it difficult to appreciate their contribution to the South African society. The youth remain susceptible to rapid changes in the external environment with school drop-out rates being high and leading to more unemployment and poverty. This has led to a number of further social challenges, especially in the marginalized communities. Drug and alcohol abuse, coupled with sexual intercourse have further increased the high rate of HIV/AIDS and TB infections and disable amongst the youth. The ward of Oudtshoorn has featured as one of the twenty most deprived wards in the Western Cape.
Although a number of efforts have been implemented to improve the dire conditions facing the youth in the Kannaland municipal district, conditions have deteriorated to some extent in Kannaland, more particularly in Ladismith. Michelle Palmer explains the South African context as follows:
“The legacy of Apartheid includes the breakdown of family structures,
unemployment, high levels of alcohol and drug abuse, widespread
violence and despair. This process of marginalisation has led to the
disintegration of especially Coloured and Black communities, where
youth in particular are deprived of positive role models. It has also
excluded them from the education and employment opportunities that
will enable them to develop to their full potential.

As a result they appear to have turned to crime in increasing numbers
and ended up in forms of correctional institutions, with disastrous
results. Many of their alleged crimes is of an economic and petty
natures. The plight of these children is currently highlighted
everywhere: in the media, parliament and civil society and is therefore a
very topical subject.

The main thrust of the process of transformation of South African
society from apartheid and inequality to democracy, has been the
restructuring of the imbalances with regard to the provision of services
and resources in South Africa. This process of transformation, however,
has had an adverse effect on the South African society where socio-
economic problems like unemployment, poverty and crime remain rife.
There is also evidence of an increase in the number of children awaiting
trial in South African Prisons. This appear to be directly related to the
links between anti-social.”

The South African Constitution provides for the protection of socio-economic rights, including the rights to housing, health care, education, food, water and social security. These rights have not contributed meaningfully to the development of a large percentage of the youth in South Africa. The Constitutional Court has already stated that socio-economic rights should not exist on paper only:

Socio-economic rights are expressly included in the Bill of Rights; they cannot be said to exist on paper only. Section 7(2) of the Constitution requires the s tate “to respect, protect, promote and fulfil the rights in the Bill of Rights” and the courts are constitutionally bound to ensure that they are protected and fulfilled. The question is therefore not whether socio-economic rights are justifiable under our Constitution, but how to enforce them in a given case. This is a very difficult issue which must be carefully explored on a case-by-case basis.
The youth, as the next generation, will play a key role in making these rights a reality. They must accordingly be included in finding a solution to the challenges faced by South Africans. Development is also about embracing the challenges of the future and to this extent helping the youth deal with their current realities and preparing them youth to deal with future challenges are crucial. The youth is accordingly in need of more dedicated and systemic development interventions, which our project activities are aimed at. Our interventions are aimed at mental, spiritual, social and physical development.

Interventions pertaining to the underprivileged youth have often short-term, focusing on the negative aspects of the youth and have been without significant impact. The association wants to make a long-lasting and systemic impact on the youth in the Kannaland municipal district by focusing on activities to gain their trust and attend to their basic needs. We realize that in order to ensure a long-term impact on the youth; a long-term investment is require that takes into account the needs of the youth at various levels, including, mentally, physically, socially and economically. This require gaining their trust and by building strong relationships which would result in a better understanding of their needs and ambitions. This will enable us to determine more suitable interventions that are appropriate to assist the youth in their developments to pursue their dreams.