‘Care’ organisation transforms lives

2016-07-12 06:05
 Photo: supplied KwaCare staff prepare food in the soup kitchen.

Photo: supplied KwaCare staff prepare food in the soup kitchen.

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KWACARE’s vision is to transform impoverished families into people who are able to provide for themselves.

The Pinetown organisation works mainly with the KwaDabeka community.
KwaCare’s managing director, Lauren du Randt said: “More than 100 000 people live in KwaDabeka, with many living below the poverty line. Around 70% of people are unemployed and only 25% finish high school. More than 1 000 households are child-headed and many families live in shacks and makeshift homes with no running water or electricity.

“Our vision is to see our community transformed where families no longer live in poverty, but are able to provide for themselves and look to the future with hope. In the short term we work to meet some of the immediate physical needs of socially and economically vulnerable people by meeting their needs in practical and relevant ways.
“In the long term we work to resolve the causes of poverty, thereby alleviating its impact in people’s lives. Our projects focus on reaching some of the poorest and most vulnerable people such as orphans and vulnerable children, single parents, youth, widows and the elderly, people who are sick or disabled, and victims of rape and abuse.”

KwaCare is involved in various projects, including food security, education projects and rape and trauma victim support.
“We provide monthly food parcels for some of the most impoverished and vulnerable families in the community. We run a school soup kitchens providing meals for children who don’t get enough to eat at home, this helping them to concentrate on their school work.

“We assist orphans and other highly vulnerable children to attend school by paying their school fees, uniforms, transport, stationery and other schooling costs. We also run a mentorship programme for them and assist orphans and vulnerable children who come from impoverished and disadvantaged homes to study at tertiary level. “We reach out to victims of rape and trauma in practical and relevant ways where we give them ‘comfort bags'. These are given to rape survivors at the RK Khan Thuthuzela Care Centre. These bring comfort and dignity while they wait to receive medical assistance. The bags contain soap, underwear, a snack and toiletries. The children’s bags also have a soft toy.”

Counsellors are unable to meet the demand for rape trauma support. KwaRescue provides a specially trained trauma volunteer who gives free counselling services to ensure more victims are reached and helped.

Packed lunches are given to children who testify against their perpetrators at the Pinetown and Durban courts. Many of these children travel many hours to get to court, arriving tired and hungry. The lunch helps them to cope better with the ordeal of the court process.”

For more information, email Lauren on lauren@kwacare.org.za or phone 076 824 4039 or visit www.kwacare.org.za

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