SOS Children’s Villages South Africa
The inclusion in the Bill of Rights of a special section on the rights of the child was an important development for South African children, most of whom had suffered under apartheid for many years. Some had been detained without trial, tortured and assaulted; many faced discrimination in healthcare, education and other areas. Children need special protection because they are among the most vulnerable members of society. They are dependent on others - their parents and families, or the state when these fail - for care and protection.
Last year a crew from DP DHL flew in to Jo'burg to film segments about the DHL SOS Children's Villages "GoTeach Programme" and they have subsequently posted the links on their website.
The number of children in Family Based Care has increased from 135 to 142. We had five sibling admissions, who settled in well within the SOS families and we have managed to place all of them in schools. The emphasis is on education and building the confidence of the children.
Val Newham from Urban Forest is going out of her way to assist charities to go green.