Welfare maintains high service standard

2015-10-21 06:00
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Kingsburgh Welfare’s Oriel Andrews (left) says thank you to guests,  Heather Stevens and Doreen Goldschagg (right).????

Photos: tania sandberg Kingsburgh Welfare’s Oriel Andrews (left) says thank you to guests, Heather Stevens and Doreen Goldschagg (right).????

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KINGSBURGH Child and Family Welfare Society held its AGM on Monday 12 October. In her chairperson’s report, Jenny Smith said she is pleased to report that the organisation has maintained its high standard of service to the community.

“Despite the fact that most of the members are 70 and older, we still have and are making a difference,” Smith said, adding that the organisation would like to see an injection of young blood.

Highlighting problems in the society that the organisation deals with, senior social worker, Sandra Govender said that unemployment, low income, poverty, family violence, neglect, abuse, drug abuse and HIV/Aids assistance are some of the issues the organisation addressed in the past year.

The organisation improved the quality of care to its clients by supplying food hampers and putting together a holiday programme with activities for the children.

Skills development and empowering is another focus area of the organisation and sponsored courses offered by the organisation included positive parenting, early intervention and life skills, cultural days and first-aid training, among others.

The committee was unanimously re-elected. “I salute the ladies on the committee and know we will continue to serve the community with greater zeal,” said Govender.

Heather Stevens, KZN Women’s Institute (WI) executive repetitive for the Alexander Group was the guest speaker at the event. Stevens said that the Women’s Institute is a place where women of all ages gather to meet, argue, enjoy themselves and see where they can make a difference.

“The WI was started 90 years ago in South Africa and is a strong organisation­ that is affiliated to the South African Agricultural Union, has a representative in the United Nations and WI KwaZulu-Natal has six votes on the WI international congress,” Stevens said.

She said that the WI started the Kingsburgh and the Amanzimtoti Welfare organisations. “KZN WI instituted Amco rails and crash helmets for motorbikers. We fought for solar energy heaters for low- cost housing and started a huge upliftment project in Zululand where school girls are taught to sew, do beadwork and crafts by sourcing overseas income,” she added.

Stevens said strict balance sheets are kept. Other projects include a project in the Valley of 1000 Hills, where women looking after orphaned children are assisted by drilling a bore hole.

“Our subscription fees are R140 per year and we have started women’s institutes all over KwaZulu-Natal.”

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