Over the last 100 years our centres have developed to meet the varying needs of the communities in which we work
Masibambisane Orphaned and Vulnerable Children Centre
Masibambisane Day Care Centre was established in 2003. The Centre is well placed for the neighbouring informal settlements of Kliptown, Mandela Square and Slovo Park and 80% of the beneficiaries live in these settlements.
The Centre provides psychosocial support, material assistance, bereavement and general counselling to children between the ages of 2 and 18 years and to their caregivers.
Outreach programmes are also facilitated at schools, churches and community-based organisations.
The translation of Masibambisane is "Let's Pull Together" and is based on a service model of:
Retain orphans in their community of origin by enabling them to continue functioning as a family unit.
Othandweni Family Care Centre
Othandweni, which means "Place of Love", is situated in Mofolo South, Soweto and offers residential care for children who have been abused, abandoned or neglected. The Centre was established in 1984 and caters for 90 children from the ages of birth to 18 years. The Centre also has limited space available for destitute mothers or pregnant women who are contemplating the futures of their unborn children.
Othandweni acts as a place of safety where children are placed until suitable families have been found, either by our Adoptions or Foster Care Departments. Those children who cannot be immediately placed stay at Othandweni for as long as is necessary. There is a great need for facilities such as Othandweni as incidences of child abandonment, abuse and neglect are increasing. In addition, we are now faced with a growing number of AIDS orphans and HIV+ babies in need of shelter and special care.
Princess Alice Adoption Home
The Princess Alice Adoption Home (PAAH) is a place of safety and the first loving home for many Johannesburg area babies who have been abandoned, consented for adoption or orphaned. The babies in our care range in age from new-born to two years. All of their physical and emotional needs are provided for until they are adopted, fostered or, as a very last resort, transferred to another child-care facility. Today our primary service is to act as a place of safety to 30 babies (at any given time) as the Home received an upgrade of capacity from 25 babies to 30 in April 2008.
PAAH also provides a safe haven for pregnant young women who are experiencing crises or destitution. During their stay, they receive counselling from JCW social workers. PAAH provides full accommodation, ensures that they receive appropriate pre- and antenatal care, and supports them throughout the birth experience.
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Thembalethu Life Skills and Economic Empowerment Centre
Established in 1994, Thembalethu (isiZulu for "our hope") is a centre situated in Johannesburg's inner city area that provides multi-faceted services to the community.
The staff at Thembalethu trains women in various skills to enable them to become economically active in society. These women are provided with training and guidance in areas such as life skills, beauty and nail care, business skills, as well as HIV/AIDS, substance abuse and parenting skills.
In addition, Thembalethu serves as a drop-in centre for young, destitute women living on the streets. While Thembalethu itself is not equipped to cope with these women, workers ensure that these women are referred to shelters that are better able to meet their specific needs.