HOPE for SOUTH AFRICA'S  CHILDREN

 

 

 

 



 

 

GREEN SPARKS EDUCATION 

Dianne Wallace runs Green Sparks Education which runs teaching programmes in local crèches. The Brainboosters programme comprises 3 fully prepared activity boxes containing colour, number and shapes. Dianne trains the crèche carers to use the equipment which is donated to each crèche. HFSAC has provided sufficient funds to cover the cost of equipping 20 crèches and providing the training and follow up.

REHOBOTH CHILDREN’S VILLAGE 

HFSAC was set up to support the Rehoboth Trust, a children’s village caring for children orphaned or abandoned as a result of the HIV/AIDS pandemic.

South Africa is the worst country in Africa for HIV infection rates with some 20% of the population carrying the virus. Rehoboth is now home to 66 Children. The Child Sponsorship programme closes the gap between the government grant and the cost of keeping a child in this high care facility.

HFSAC through support from other donations, also provides for the educational needs of the children who through the availability  of anti-retroviral therapy, are now expected to reach adulthood. £37,765 was sent to support the village in the year 2013/14.  CLICK HERE to learn about our Child Sponsorship programme.

OUTREACH FUND

The Trustees are aware of the needs of other projects supporting children in rural communities in the Port Shepstone area. An outreach fund was established to identify projects which are well managed and worthy of support. Whenever a need is identified the Trustees will always ensure that there is sound administration and accountability of funds.

HFSAC works on a number of projects with the “Genesis Trust”, the outreach programme of the Norwegian Settlers Church in Port Shepstone.  A total amount of £14539 was sent to the various Genesis projects in the year 2013/14

KHULA CRÈCHE (PART OF GENESIS TRUST)

Khula started as an outreach by a Methodist Pastor who witnessed deprivation in a deep rural area. A church was built which incorporated a crèche and feeding programme. Today there are 80 children in Pre-School Education with an after-school feeding programme for a further number of children. Medical facilities have now been provided with a monthly visit from a Mobile Clinic and Dentist. Lifeskill programmes have been added including bead-work and gardening. Running costs are supported by HFSAC on a regular basis and from time to time help is given for building renovation and lifeskills programme. Last year we provided 100 Zulu language bibles for the crèche and the wider community.

GENESIS CARE CENTRE

Started in 2005 by the Norwegian Settler's Church, the care centre is the flagship of the Genesis Trust. The centre is a step-down and palliative care facility nursing up to fifty patients at any one time, recording over 90,000 patient bed nights during the last eight years for patients referred from government hospitals and clinics.  It provides medical, nursing, physical, psycho-social and spiritual care for patients with HIV/AIDS, and TB.  The number of patients well enough to return home has increased from 20% to 50% and continues to grow, with patients and families reuniting, implementing values and skills learned. The Care Centre caters not only for the welfare of its patients and their families but has also started a training programme in the wider community.   

CORNERSTONE LEARNING CENTRE

Cornerstone Learning Centre  is a new school for children with autism and other learning difficulties in premises provided by the Norwegian Settlers Church. Our Outreach Fund has been able to support a major extension and refurbishment programme. Twenty children are currently being educated and further expansion is planned.

 MTHUNZINI CENTRE

Mthunzini is an outreach of the Methodist Church in Port Shepstone.  HFSAC has been involved from its inception. Originally supported by the congregation of the now closed Robert Young Church this has now been taken up by Centenary Church in Crawcrook. Initially a wooden wendy-house was erected to accommodate the children. In 2014 an “Edutainer” (a forty foot shipping container conversion) from a UK charity was erected and 25 children are now being  given Pre-school Education with food provided. This project is chaired by Hans Basel from Lutheran Church in Port Shepstone.  We have recently agreed to support the building of a kitchen to improve facilities.

ASSISI CHILDREN'S HOME

Genesis Youth Ministries ‘Seeds’ Project is working with Assisi, a project run by retired nuns, providing a shelter for young children with the ultimate aim of returning them to their families. Children and young adults from Seeds project visit Assisi once a week and an upgrade to the fabric was a priority. HFSAC Outreach Fund was able to make a donation which completed the refurbishment.