the infant trust is a UK based charity aiming to break the cycle of violence and abuse against small children in South Africa.
In March 2014 we attended the training programme we had organised with our friends at UVIWE in Port Elizabeth; this was for trainers from across the whole of South Africa for them to learn about implementing the Caring for Crèches (C4C) programme in their province. Every province is primed and ready to roll out this really impactful programme in all parts of South Africa.
Some of the crèche teachers, who do such good work for hundreds of children in their area, came to talk to the trainers about their experiences and how the Caring for Crèches course had helped them.
Through this programme, by the end of March 2014, we have:
In 2014 we are operating this programme in three provinces for a total of 380 crèche leaders. It will cost money going national and we eagerly await the outcome of our joint bid to major funders in South Africa.
We have helped fund another four very proud community workers to achieve a life-long ambition to become qualified Social Auxiliary Workers [SAW]. That now is over 50 people we have funded through this life-changing course.
These graduates have and will spend their working lives interacting with damaged children; they help the children in group sessions, help families to understand and help them all to cope with what has happened. If a perpetrator is charged these excellent people will work with and support children going through the long and traumatic road to court and beyond.
The Social Auxiliary Workers are crucial in helping children and their families rebuild their lives after severe trauma, we are really proud of them and their work and are really proud to be part of ensuring they have enhanced skills and a qualification that will give each individual a confident and secure future.
Just once in a while, amongst all the amazing work that is done to help children in South Africa, we come across a shining star. One such is Wilhelmina who, despite the most terrible childhood [or because of it …] she determined to setup a refuge for abandoned children. With the help of our friends at Imisebeyelanga Wilhelmina now cares for many children and struggles day in and day out for food and water and power and clothing.
We have been encouraging, supporting and helping to develop these types of programmes for eight years as they are immensely successful in turning around the lives of very disaffected boys. These are street boys most of whom have the most terrible histories – they have always suffered abuse themselves and, with little family input, have found themselves excluded from school, in gangs, toting guns, abusing and terrorising others; these are violent boys who, without help, will turn on others and end up either in prison or dead. The programmes are based around football and learning life skills gradually re-learning how to live as valued members of their society.