Uviwe: Champions of children's rights since 1917 FOCUS ON CHILD PROTECTION WEEK:29 May - 5 June

2016-06-01 06:00
To report a case of suspected abuse, neglect or abandonment of a child, contact 041 453 0441/2/5 or email uviwe@uviwe.co.za. Photo: SUPPLIED

To report a case of suspected abuse, neglect or abandonment of a child, contact 041 453 0441/2/5 or email uviwe@uviwe.co.za. Photo: SUPPLIED

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UVIWE, previously known as PE Child Line, is a registered non-profit (003-620) child protection organisation situated in Port Elizabeth.

Their primary focus is the protection of children’s rights and to unlock young people’s full potential to become economically active citizens.

According to Candice Botha, who does Marketing and Fundraising Support for Uviwe, they embrace an integrated model that focuses holistically on child protection, victim empowerment, early childhood development and youth development programmes.

“Uviwe’s Service pillars are agents of hope; champions of children’s rights; building sustainable partnerships and empowering communities,” said Botha.

They protect children through their support programmes and services to child victims of crime such as rape and abuse.

The organisation specialises in child abuse crisis management and their criteria are open to children of abuse, neglect and abandonment.

Uviwe currently oversees six Early Childhood Development centres in the northern areas, rendering childhood development programmes to children from 18 months to 5 years old.

They have a longstanding track record with assisting Ubuntu (neighbourhood) crèches with capacity building, training on child care and protection.

Uviwe has been involved in the training of 306 unregistered, backyard (Ubuntu) crèches. Their training focuses on child protection, domestic violence and family issues.

“The organisation’s mission remains building communities fit to raise every one of its children. Our family reunification, foster care services and positive parenting programmes for families and parents of children ensure that the child is protected in their home environment,” said Botha.

Child abuse often goes unreported; therefore, the organisation provides the option of remaining anonymous when reporting a case of suspected abuse, in an attempt to encourage people to report child abuse.

Uviwe Child and Youth Services rely on funding, donations and sponsorships to continue to render services to vulnerable children in the Metro.

They are SED and BBBEE compliant and can issue section 18 A certificates to funders.

For more information visit: www.uviwe.org.za.

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