Street children helped

2018-10-31 06:02
Attendees of the Kidz Care Trust’s annual general meeting held on 18 October are from the left Louw Schoeman (governor), Cuma Siyo (governor) and Marita van Kraayenburg (programme manager for Kidz Care).Photo: Lientjie Mentz

Attendees of the Kidz Care Trust’s annual general meeting held on 18 October are from the left Louw Schoeman (governor), Cuma Siyo (governor) and Marita van Kraayenburg (programme manager for Kidz Care).Photo: Lientjie Mentz

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Kidz Care Trust in Bloemfontein has announced its plans to transform the lives of children living and working on the streets to a life of value.

The plan was presented during its annual general meeting held on 18 October at the Toyota Stadium in Bloemfontein.

In the chairman’s message, delivered by Louw Schoeman, governor at Kidz Care, it was stated that the organisation does not see only a needy child, but an adult-to-be.

Schoeman said it was noteworthy that the number of children on the street was generally decreasing.

“But these children were taken in by gangs. This is a big problem, which now needs to be dealt with,” said Schoeman.

According to the report, Kidz Care engaged with 62 children during the financial year – an increase of 19% from the previous financial year.

The number of children attending the Kidz Care Drop-in Centre at the Park Road Police Station has increased by 15%, and of all the children that Kidz Care delivered services to, only 18% attended school.

“One of the biggest challenges is access to education and study support for boys who are enrolled at schools,” said Schoeman.

He said it was very important that Kidz Care remained sustainable to be able to have an impact on the lives of children living on the streets.

Marita van Kraayenburg was appointed as programme manager at the beginning of January to start with the skills transfer programme.

The programme includes community service learning, career guidance sessions and informal workshops.

“To those who see the street child as a nuisance, we say, ‘don’t complain, campaign’. To those who share our vision, we say, ‘help us to train and sustain’,” Schoeman said.

One of the big needs of the Kidz Care Trust is to be able to purchase the small holding in Roodewal to allow for the development of a facility for education, skills development and sport.

Those willing to assist and get involved in programmes of Kidz Care Trust can send an email to kidzcaretrust@ gmail.com.

To those who see the street child as a nuisance, we say, ‘don’t complain, campaign’. To those who share our vision, we say, ‘help us to train and sustain’.

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