JCW in the UK

SCWSOWETO_0067outh Africa is a country that faces numerous social challenges due to decades of poor healthcare, unequal education and social support, and high levels of widespread poverty. Jo’burg Child Welfare, represented in the UK by Jo’burg Child Welfare-UK, focuses on the most vulnerable children who are in danger of abuse and neglect, affected by HIV and AIDS, have been orphaned or abandoned, and most importantly are living in a society striving to overcome its past.

Imagine a society in which children can grow up strong, safe and happy, where parents and caregivers can create the best possible family setting, so that no child suffers. That is the vision of Jo’burg Child Welfare.

For over one hundred years, our organization has played a pivotal role in child care and protection strategies across the country. Nationally we advise on legislation to protect children, and through advocacy work we ensure children have a voice to influence services that affect them. We support those who have nowhere else to turn

Last year, our dedicated team of over two hundred staff and volunteers reached over 47,000 children and individuals through protection, adoption, foster care, residential care, education and training work.

We trained parents in childcare, taught young adults how to find work so they can live independently, found unwanted and abandoned children secure homes and made thousands of people aware of specific risks for children on our continent such as child-trafficking, malnutrition and preventing transmission of HIV.

With funds from the Elton John Aids Foundation we have trained 60 auxiliary social workers to support nearly 20,000 children affected by HIV in their own communities through our Aganang Learning Centre in partnership with 95 local organisations that help the poorest families with basic needs, as well as with obtaining documents they need to get education and healthcare

 

SPECIAL FOCUS: Aganang Learning Centre

You can help us continue this work by sponsoring a community worker to be specially trained in legal and social work skills with our 12-month course.  To meet the needs of our communities we aim to train 40 community workers every year.  Each trained worker reaches over 100 children every month, and is available every day for those who need help. A gift of £100 every month will ensure one community worker has the skills to change lives long after the training is complete.

For other ways of supporting us, please contact our UK team at

stewart.wilson@jhbchildwelfare.org.za.