Month: September 2020

An update from the CEO

We look forward to the day when we can welcome visitors at Jo’burg Child Welfare (JCW) centres again. Despite Covid-19 restrictions easing to Level 1, JCW facilities are still in lockdown and volunteer programmes remain on hold until further notice. Unfortunately, the lockdown has dealt a blinding blow to both South Africa’s economy and to […]

ART helps me soar

Life can be terribly hard on children in Eldorado Park and the surrounding informal areas. But with the right support, they can build a better future. And that’s what Masibambisane OCV Centre has helped a young artist to realise. “Growing up, there was no money for art classes. But Masi gave me more than art […]

The first face they see

When a child is brought into JCW, they’re likely to walk into a room full of social workers. It can be daunting! But it’s not long before they realise they’re in a safe place with adults who want to help and protect them. These social workers do their utmost to present a calm and reassuring […]

A new child everyday

Every day, children in need of loving homes are brought out of the cold and into the safety of JCW. One such child is Jabu*, a sweet little boy who was brought to us by the SA Police Service. This little person was upset, hungry and sad when he arrived. But later that day, he […]

The sound of laughter and learning

A new sound is tinkling through the air at Othandweni Family Care Centre in Soweto. It’s the sound of children squealing with happiness as they explore their awesome new playground! This amazing new interactive outdoor space with state-of-the-art equipment was generously donated by Spence-Chapin Services to Families and Children. it’s brought much joy to the […]

Our grannies are maturing

JCW’s Granny Programme is maturing at a healthy rate. The programme was established at Othandweni in 2011 by Spence-Chapin and pairs ‘surrogate’ grannies from the community with children in our home. Children receive one-on-one love and attention which helps them grow and form healthy attachments; and the grannies earn an income. It’s a win-win for […]

Workers on the front line

The Child and Family Unit (CFU) is very much the emergency response unit of Jo’burg Child Welfare. It’s staffed by four teams of social workers, who play specialized roles in resolving cases of child abuse, neglect, abandonment and adoptions. Children are brought to our attention either via office walk-ins or referrals. Unfortunately, we’ve seen a […]

Nappies are like Gold

With up to 80 babies in JCW centres and hundreds more in foster care, we’re always in need of nappies, wet wipes and formula. These items are so expensive. They are like gold to us! It’s a real struggle to keep up with demand for these items, and for nappies in particular. We thank all […]