Making life easier for kids

2019-07-16 06:00
Dews of Quietness looks after the social needs of the children at Delta Primary School. PHOTO: Racine Edwardes

Dews of Quietness looks after the social needs of the children at Delta Primary School. PHOTO: Racine Edwardes

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Delta Primary School principal, Hilton Palanyandi is extremely proud of the work done at the school by the non-profit organisation, Dews of Quietness.

The organisation specialises in victim empowerment through the creation of a safe space, by driving awareness programmes and also working with perpetrators to help the community heal. Their portfolio of work also includes work with the children at the primary school in Cafda.

Moeridah Dien, who started her work by helping victims at Steenberg Police Station over 20 years ago, founded the organisation in 2012 and has since brought on about 20 women who are committed to serving the needs of victims and children.

Palanyandi says: “All these ladies have had an impact here. One thing that has always stood out for me is all of these ladies know this school very well. All the ladies have been dedicated – not just this year – it has been for years!”

Dien explains the work they do with the children: “We try to be the bridge between the school and the family, and this is the intervention that is needed. We get the child to the day hospital, to the psychiatric sister; that is the walk we take with the child.

“There is so much bullying in the school, but often these things start in the home. Unfortunately, they can’t always help themselves and that is where we step in.”

The organisation has taken on the responsibility of providing the children with porridge in the morning, for those who don’t have enough to eat at home, all from their own pockets. They are also in the process of building their Safe House for victims on the school grounds and only have one office in a container to work from, on an issue that affects so many people in the community.

Angus Webster (12) is a self-proclaimed naughty-but-nice learner at the school who values the work that Dews of Quietness does with him.

He says he is often involved in fights with other learners because he feels angry a lot of the time, but being able to speak to the counsellors and facilitators at the organisation helps him to feel better at school.

Kelly Jane Paris (12) says the organisation’s workers make her feel safe and Roshni Isaacs (12) says: “I see them many times, maybe four times in the week and I talk to them about my school work.” She says her school work has been improving since starting with their programmes.

With funding for social intervention always being a struggle, they are welcoming of any donations that people are able to assist them with, to help others.

V Call Moeridah Dien on 078 400 0801 for more info.

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