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23 May 2011

Child Protection Week: 23 - 29 May 2011

In a country where child abuse and abandonment is rife, it's vital that the value of children is promoted and that attention is drawn to issues such as abuse and neglect.

Today, May 23, 2011 marks the beginning of Child Protection week in South Africa.

In fact, the organisation is so serious about advocating the protection of minors that in 2009 a Child Protection Team was trained up and assigned to supply the communities in which SOS operates with a facility whereby community members can report all child violations. In November 2010, the National Child Protection Team grew and now comprises of three National Focal persons (those to whom the violations are reported) and two Investigators (the people who investigate the reported violations).

  • The association is a member of SOS – Kinderdorf International, the largest private welfare organisation for children in the world
  • SOS Children’s Villages helps orphaned, abandoned and vulnerable children regardless of race, nationality or religion, by giving them a “family”, a permanent home and a sound basis for an independent adult life                            
  • Each child is assigned to a new mother and a new family of between eight and 10 brothers and sisters, who live in their own house within an SOS Children’s Village
  • Each house is run independently by the SOS mother who budgets and shops for her family.
  • There are eight SOS Children’s Villages in South Africa (Ennerdale, Mamelodi, Cape Town, Pietermaritzburg, Mthatha, Port Elizabeth, Nelspruit and Rustenburg) and three Social Centres where we operate our Family Strengthening Programme ( Mathanjana, Sekhukhune and Qwa Qwa.)
  • The Family Strengthening Programme  is operated at each of the eleven facilities across the country, providing support to vulnerable families within the surrounding communities, empowering them with education, skills and sustainability projects  
  • The association provides professional care in a controlled and managed environment, with a well-developed infrastructure.

 
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