Service provided by Engo crucial

2015-09-09 06:00


FREE STATE, an important vehicle for rendering care to vulnerable people, young and old, continues to make strides and reaching thousands of people in the province, providing much-needed support through partnership programmes.

Dedicated to the cause of improving the lives of people, the non-profit organisation took stock of its role in the community at the annual governance board meeting held on 14 August.

The previous financial year’s figures for the term just ended were made public at the meeting.

Services for the financial term from April 2014 to March 2015, rendered by Engo through its flagship programmes, included elderly care, family care, hospital care, child and youth care, care for persons with disabilities, law offender care and training in social work.

Engo’s involvement spans 113 years since the establishment of the first projects back in 1902 – the Gedenk and Charlotte Theron Child- and Youth-Care Centres. These centres provided services to children orphaned by the Anglo-Boer War.

Since then the organisation has expanded throughout the years, strengthening systems to render much-needed services, and today several services are available to all communities in the Free State.

The services rendered during the 2014-’15 financial year were the following:

) Engo elderly care was provided through the 22 centres for the elderly, including frail care for 1 007 persons. A total of 56 840 meals were provided, 4 882 persons received primary health care and 4 061 persons were cared for at home. Furthermore, 3 827 participated in sporting activities and 33 547 people were part of social, cultural and religious activities.

) Engo family care: Altogether 13 family-care offices provided a multicultural child protection service. 92 148 people benefitted from this service and 406 children were brought to safety by statutory actions – 5% more than in the previous financial year. The needs of 10 599 adults and 18 428 children were addressed and foster-care services were rendered to 3 918 children. Family-care offices also focused on relieving poverty and presented the Poverty Project together with the Dutch Reformed Church in the Free State. The needs of 135 street children were addressed through various projects, which included three shelters in the Free State.

) Engo adoption services: A total of 52 adoptions were finalised this year, which is two times more than in the previous financial year. Altogether 19 children are in the process of adoption. The agreement with Flanders Inter-country Adoption Care (FIAC) in Belgium was entered into and the first inter-country adoption has already been finalised.

) Engo hospital care supported 4 805 patients and 1 079 family members of patients.

) Engo child and youth care: The child- and youth-care centres, previously known as orphanages, cared for more than 724 children. The greatest percentage of these residents (41%) were children between the ages of 11 and 15 years.

During this period 282 children were removed from their parents’ homes and placed in child- and youth-care centres, compared to 245 in the previous year.

The following reasons were presented to the Children’s Court as reasons for removal:

( risky circumstances or circumstances damaging children: 32%;

( abandoned or orphaned: 17%;

( failed foster care: 17%;

( neglect and/or abuse: 8%;

( exposure: 6%

( behaviour that cannot be managed by the parents or child caregiver: 7%, and

( other: 13%

) The Negemadi Training Centre: Negemadi is a HWSeta-accredited training centre which focuses primarily on the training of social auxiliary workers, ancillary health-care workers and child- and youth-care workers. The number of students during the financial year was 74.

) Engo disabled care: Persons with disabilities often feel left out from society. These four centres create a safe space for 118 persons with disabilities, where they can function according to their individual abilities and within their limitations. They receive the necessary care and opportunities in these centres to develop to their full potential.

) Law-offender care: Engo supports the spiritual care of inmates of the Mangaung and Kroonstad Correctional Centres, by providing them with Bibles. During the financial year, 1 310 Bibles were provided.

) Dependency care: The Christian Dependency Service consists of rehabilitated members and volunteers who support persons suffering from alcohol or substance abuse.

There are 450 members in the Free State who regularly attend group meetings. The Ke Moja Awareness Campaign provided information to 3 026 children and/or youth during 2014-’15.

For more information about Engo, sub-programmes and the services provided, visit

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