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For the children
For the foster mothers
South Africa - actual project
Heart for Children sponsors a family in
Ocean View. Sally and her husband Warren
are the foster parents of this family; they
make sure that the children get everything
As so many slums, the slum of Ocean View
arose under the apartheid. At the time
coloured people (Indians/Asians) were
forced to leave their houses on the sea side
and had to find another place to live. The
majority of the inhabitants of these slums exists therefore of coloured people.
There is a lot of criminality, especially related to drugs.
Heart for Children sponsors a family in
Cloetesville. Rosy is the foster mother of
this family with five children. Cloetesville is
a community just outside Stellenbosch.
There is a huge gap between the rich and
the poor. A middleclass family, for
example, has the possibility of living a
comfortable life, whereas the strongly
impoverished families are struggling for life.
One third of the community has not had an
education at all and is compelled to live in
overcrowded, self-built shacks. Under these circumstances the people are exposed
to criminality, abuse and a high rate of HIV infections – children often end up as
outcasts, abused and neglected.
Heart for Children sponsors a family in Kayamandi. The house was given the
beautiful name of 'Zwanovuyo', which means 'bringer of love'. Momilaphi is the
foster mother of this family; she does everything in her power to make sure that the
children can flourish.
Erna Neuteboom: "It is awesome to see with my own eyes how these abandoned
and vulnerable children are now living in this refurbished house! A house full of
happiness with crawling, running, laughing and playing children! Fantastic! It is
touching to see these (traumatized) children playing together!"
We started building 2 homes in March 2009. In July
2009 both homes were realized. Vrijgrond is situated
20 km from the centre of Capetown and is the oldest
slum area in this neighbourhood, a socially and
economically poor community of about 10.000
people. Vrijgrond was commenced by fishermen
who started building these homes on the beach with
iron plates, wood and carton boxes.
During winter they suffered from floods and in the
summertime there was the heat and the dust or sand. The majority of the current
population is without a regular job. There is no electricity, no tap-water, no sewer
system, etc. There are 21 public water points and once a week the community
government comes and empties the toilets.
Since 1996 1600 stone houses have been built, as
well as a library and a childcare centre for about 180
children, divided into 6 groups. The children get two
meals a day and most of the time, that is all they are
getting. The childcare centre is subsidized, covering
one fourth of the expenses. Vrijgrond did not get a
school sponsored by donors until January 2008. This
school has 12 classrooms for 360 children ranging
from 6 to 11 years of age. Close to the school and
the childcare centre 2 houses have now been built.
Jeffreys Bay & Humansdorp
Heart for Children sponsors four families in Jeffrey's Bay and three in Humansdorp
(these two villages are close to each other). In Humansdorp there is a special
project for disabled children. Whereas 'healthy' children can still stand up for
themselves, disabled children are left to themselves. These children are not just left
alone, they are simply dumped...
Heart for Children would very much like to take care of
them as well. Especially these children need our
support. We'd like to give them a warm home, where
they are challenged, each in her of his own level, to get
the best out of themselves. These children can move
into their new homes and become part of their new
family any day now.
Our partner organization in Jeffrey's Bay recently
received a suitable piece of land of 4800 m2 in
Humansdorp. Sufficient to house three foster families.
These houses cost 55.000 euro's each. Besides, money
is needed to provide for the cost of living of the children, who will be housed in
these new homes in due course.
Many children in Jeffrey's Bay and Humansdorp are living in horrible
circumstances. Every day they are facing hunger, deseases, violence, prostitution
and a major lack of sanitary facilities. Many lose courage and don't expect their
consequences of HIV/AIDS and often become orphans as a result of this desease.
Heart for Children sponsors a family near Port Shepstone. Doris is the foster mother
of this family with five boys. Their house is called 'Jabulani'. 'Jabula' means 'share
The children's village in Port
Shepstone is already housing 52
orphans. They are lovingly taken
care of by foster parents who
monitor their personal growth and
development. At this moment
almost ten extra houses have been
built. They offer space for ten new
families with five children per
Port Shepstone is part of the province of KwaZulu-Natal. This province is also
indicated as the HIV/AIDS capital of the world. Dr. Bill Hary from the local hospital,
expressed his concern about this and wrote: '
these HIV-infected children
are lying all by them selves in hospitals for months and finally die. Orphanages in
this areas are overcrowded, understaffed and they rather not take children in who
HIV. As a
these children do
not get the care
Foundation Heart for Children International
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