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Transforming Communities, Changing Lives

Life for the people coming to Tshepo Hope Safe Park in Tsakane, Kwa Themba is very exciting as they have just moved location. Thanks to your help and the support of our funders they have acquired a new piece of land which allows them to expand the services they offer and have more space for the children; providing a more enriching environment for their education and needs. Investing in this new land means that for children like Nokuthula, she no longer has to play with her friends in a crowded concrete courtyard, but has room to run around and play in a safe environment. Tshepo Hope has been in a transition stage during the move and now runs as a complete registered NPO Safe Park with over 90 staff. The pre-school has around 60 children with numbers growing daily served by 6 Early Childhood Development (ECD) teachers, 2 cooks and 2 drivers. Your support has enabled the teachers to take part in a teacher exchange programme with other projects to allow them to share learning and

best practice with one another. Home Based Care Your investment in Tshepo Hope has meant that they have been able to forge greater links with other agencies and funders. This means that the Home Based Care is largely funded now through the Department of Health – great news. The 37 home based carers visit 15 patients and families each within the community, linking them to services which they can access, providing them with health care, advice, nutrition and support. After School Care There is a strong orphans and vulnerable children programme which is funded with your support. 2 Auxillary care workers, 1 programmme manager, 1 co–ordinator, 6 carers and 24 childcare advocates (CCA) paid for under the EPWP) provide essential care to the Orphans and Vulnerable Children’s Programme providing after school care for over 300 children a day, home visits and identifying social problems within the township. Along with providing a safe environment for these children to access food and help with their homework after school, the CCA’s are like parents to many of these children, offering a listening ear, helping them to deal with

their emotions and providing advice and support which they don’t receive from . anywhere else. Every child deserves a right to be acknowledged and a huge part of the CCA’s work is to find their birth certificates and identity documents which allows the children to apply for state funding – child benefit. The CCA’s also provide a whole range of psychosocial care including; counseling, advice on drug abuse, alcoholism, adoption, teenage pregnancy and HIV/AIDS. There are also an increasing number of families and children seeking refuge from other neighbouring countries which is increasing the demands of their capacity. Support Groups These groups are vital to the township and are growing thanks to the new space. The HIV/AIDS support group (of which you can view on our youtube videos) is a vital support to both those living with HIV/AIDS and their families. As the Safe Park has moved location there is now more room for other support groups too. A food garden is also being established along with handiwork groups (e.g. sewing) and the aim is to begin on exciting new ventures of small businesses to help people together to generate a sustainable income.


Transforming Communities, Changing Lives

The area of land to be used as a food garden is vast and will ensure The relocation of Tsepho Hope will sustainability of the nutrition transform the work and impact the programme but tools, work on the land, seeds etc are all needed to Safe Park can have within the community it serves, but there is a ensure its success. lot of work needed to make it an Although some of the stipends are exciting and motivating place to be and work. The building itself is paid for by the Government, many are not and contributing to their going through a compete salaries would make an enormous refurbishment and resources are impact on their lives and that of tight. Funding the building (and their families. The drivers, for outside toilet) and enabling it to instance provide a lifeline to most become a place of beauty would of the children who live too far greatly inspire the children and away to access the Safe Park by staff. foot. The outside space also needs to be changed from agricultural and Investing in this Safe Park would waste land into a safe, clear space ensure you would continue to sow for the children with equipment to seeds both physically and socially aid their play and learning. for years to come. Specific needs:


Transforming Communities, Changing Lives

Emmah is a CCA working at Tshepo Hope. She works incredibly hard, often far beyond what is expected. Here she shares what motivates her to work so hard.

Why do you work as a CCA? I love what I do. I love helping young people to find their feet and overcome the difficulties they have in their lives. It brings me joy when I help young people to find a way out of their circumstances and give them a hope for a better future. It saddens me a lot when I see the young people suffering in very difficult families. Many orphans and vulnerable children are desperate. Desperate for love. Desperate for someone to look after them and not to forget about them. Desperate for people not to hurt them.

Desperate to find a better way. I know that I can help by showing them ways out and providing them with a hope. I help them get the paper work they need to receive the government child grant. I provide them with the things they need to stay in school. I listen to their problems and I encourage them to think differently. What do you find most satisfying? I know that without people like me, these vulnerable children will be sad forever. There is nothing in their lives which gives them hope. But through our work we can give them hope. And when they have hope, they can change their lives around – forever!

What is the hardest thing about your job? Everything takes such a long time. Getting the right paper work, taking child abusers to court. Walking to each of the children’s houses. Changing the children’s perspectives and hopes. And the need is so big. There are so many children who need our help – the problem is huge! What would make your job easier? More CCA’s like me to help more children. We now have the space we need and can expand to help more children which is very exciting. The job is exhausting at times, both mentally and physically and we need more resources to make sure we stay well for our jobs. Please support us.

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Meeting the needs of the Orphans and Vulnerable children within the Community. Read about the transforming work of a flagship project.

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