LuThando commemorates Child Protection Week

2018-06-13 06:02
Members of Lu­Thando Community Development and Sassa members at new rank in the CBD last Thursday during Child Protection Week.PHOTO: lethiwe makhanya`

Members of Lu­Thando Community Development and Sassa members at new rank in the CBD last Thursday during Child Protection Week.PHOTO: lethiwe makhanya`

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IN commemoration of Child Protection Week that started on May 26 to June 3, a non-profit organisation Luthando Community Development, together with South African Social Security Agency (Sassa) visited different places while raising awareness on child abuse.

They started at the new taxi rank in the CBD last Thursday and interacted with different people trying to find out if they have information regarding child protection.

On Friday they visited Ekujabuleni Orphanage Home in Edendale and Mpumelelo Primary School in France where they interacted with the pupils.

Founder of LuThando Community Development Thobeka Mafumbatha said they wanted to give people any information regarding their children’s rights and protection.

“What we have found out is that there is still a lot of ignorance from men regarding child abuse. People are uneducated when it comes to child abuse and child protection.

“ There is also a lot of negligence from parents in terms of listening to their children. Parents need to listen to their children when they are reporting something, especially if it is related to abuse. A lot of children who are victims of abuse suffer in silence because their parents fail to listen,” she said.

Mafumbatha also said that children also need to know that their rights go with responsibilities.

She said they will continue to educate people and children about their rights even when Child Protection Week concludes.

“We are an organisation that works for the community [in order] to develop it. It is our job to develop our community in each and every possible way that we can.”

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