Child welfare needs your help

2015-07-14 06:00

While Mandela Day celebrations will take place all around the country this weekend, one of the City’s oldest charities is still in need of the community’s support.

The Cape Town Child Welfare Society (CTCWS) in Athlone has helped over a million children since 1908.

These children emerge from crisis situations, ranging from drug and alcohol abuse, poverty, HIV/Aids deaths, homelessness and crime to severe neglect and physical and sexual abuse in the Cape Flats areas.

According to the CTCWS, 827 children were murdered in South Africa between 2012 and 2013, while a staggering 21 575 assaults on children were reported, 47% of these assaults being severe.

The CTCWS’s Preshema Sewpaul says that incidents of sexual violence are known to be under-reported – a disturbing reality considering that half of the 45 230 contact crimes against children reported in the 2013/2014 crime statistics were sexual offences (an average of 62 cases per day).

“The need for child protection services continues to increase, despite the volatile economic climate and a lack of funds. This leaves us with the challenge of carrying out much-needed child protection services with limited resources.

“It is through support we can raise funds to continue working towards making this a safer country for children by removing them from the effects of abuse, violence and poverty.”

The CTCWS is pleading to the community for the following on Mandela Day:

. Donate R67 to provide an emergency intervention kit for one child in temporary safe care.

. Donate new or old PCs, laptops or printers to help the under-resourced social workers complete children’s court reports.

. Blog about the CTCWS in an effort to raise awareness about child abuse, neglect and abandonment.

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Those wanting to lend a hand or offer support can contact Sewpaul on 021 638 3127 or visit www.helpkids.org.za

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