South Africa

The Gender Violence Programme


Organization:
Ekupholeni Mental Health and Trauma CenterEkupholeni
Project: The Gender Violence Programme
Location: Kathorus, Gauteng,South Africa
Target group:

South Africa has one of the highest incidences of sexual abuse in the world. Ekupholeni Gender Violence Program annually supports around 450 children who are victims or rape and sexual abuse. It provides a holistic support program including counselling, individual therapy, group therapy, support to parents of young rape victims and therapeutic camps.

Contact person at Childhood:
Britta Holmberg
britta.holmberg(a)childhood.org

ProSeed

Organization: Mamelani Projectsmamelani

Project: ProSeed
Location: Cape Town, South Africa
Target group: Street children, Children in alternative care

Project ProSeed  is a youth development program that provides support to former street youth, preparing them for leaving care. The program focuses on building a positive identity, a sense of connectedness to others and resilience through experiential learning, life skills, counseling, education and support in finding employment.

Read more: http://www.mamelani.org.za/

Contact person at Childhood:
Britta Holmberg
britta.holmberg(a)childhood.org

Child Victim Empowerment Project

Organization: Lifeline/Childline Western CapeChildline Letitia Roar if something is wrong
Project: Child Victim Empowerment Project
Location: Cape Town, South Africa
Target group:

Childline provides psycho-social therapeutic interventions and bereavement counseling to child victims of abuse and to parents/care givers. The project also provides prevention training workshops for professionals meeting children and court preparations to children who are obliged to witness in court in order to ensure that child understands his/her rights and improve the child’s ability to testify effectively.

Read more: http://www.lifelinewc.org.za

Contact person at Childhood:
Britta Holmberg
Britta.Holmberg(a)childhood.org

Kidz Clinic in Boksburg

Organization: Women and Men against Child AbuseKidz Clinic
Project: Kidz Clinic in Boksburg
Location: Johannesburg, South Africa
Target group:

The clinic is a one-stop, child-friendly facility that provides free services for sexually, physically and emotionally abused children and to non-abuse parents. More than 200 sexually abused children per month are provided with forensic or psycho-social assessments, medical assessment & treatment, therapy, psycho-social intervention and court preparations.

Read more: http://www.wmaca.org.za

 

Contact person at Childhood:
Britta Holmberg
Britta.Holmberg(a)childhood.org

Ububele Mother-Infant Home visiting project

Organization: The Ububele Educational and Psychotherapy CenterUbubele persona dolls
Project: Ububele Mother-Infant Home visiting project
Location: Johannesburg, South Africa
Target group: Families at risk

The project aims to enhance the mother-infant relationship and security of infant attachment by supporting the mother’s capacity to care for her infant.  Support is provided to mothers at risk in a poor, overcrowded township where crime, violence and abuse are prevalent. Regular home-visits are made by community-based lay women, trained and supervised by Ububele psychologists.

Read more: http://www.ububele.org/

Contact person at Childhood:
Britta Holmberg
britta.holmberg(a)childhood.org

Boy's Best program

Organization: James HouseJames House
Project: Boy's Best
Location: Cape Town, South Africa
Target Group: Children victims of abuse, street children, children in alternative care, families at risk

The Boy's Best program provides multi-systemic support to teenage boys facing a combination of destructive behavior at home and at school, domestic violence and who are engaged in risk behavior such as criminality, school suspension and drug abuse.

Read more: http://www.jameshouse.org.za/

Contact person at Childhood:
Britta Holmberg
britta.holmberg(a)childhood.org

 

Etafeni Children´s Safety Project

Organization: Etafeni Day Care Centreetafeni
Project: Etafeni Children's Safety Project
Location: Nyanga, Cape Town, South Africa
Target group: Children who are victims of abuse

The project provides trauma debriefing and counseling, home visits and assessments as well as court preparation for children who have been victims of sexual abuse in the township Nyanga.

Read more: www.etafeni.org

Contact person at Childhood:
Britta Holmberg
Britta.Holmberg@childhood.org

 

Girls Club After school program

Organization: Philisa Abufazi Bethuphilisia
Project: Girls Club After school program
Location: Lavender Hill, Cape Town, South Africa
Target group: Children victims of abuse

Lavender Hill where Philisa Abafazi Bethu is based is one of the most violent areas of Cape Town and gang violence has plagued the community for a long time. Due to the violence, there are very few organizations working with children at risk. Philisa Abafazi Bethu provides a safe space and support for girls between 10-16 years in Lavender Hill. Education in child rights and music therapy is part of the after-school program as well as educational excursions, camps, support groups and counseling. Parents are involved through workshops, focus groups and parents meetings.

Read more: http://www.philisaabafazi.org/

Contact person at Childhood:
Britta Holmberg
Britta.Holmberg@childhood.org

Waves for Change

Organization: Waves for Change
Project: Waves for Change
Location: Cape Town, South Africa
Target group: Children victims of abuse

 Children growing up in high-risk communities where they witness and experience violence and abuse can be referred by teachers to join the Waves for Change programme. They attend sessions and support groups, and after one year they are eligible to attend the weekend surf club. The project contains home and schools visits, parenting programmes and mentoring. Adults are encouraged to develop constructive relationships with youth based on mutual respect and identification of strengths and positive character traits. As for the surfing element: sports such as surfing - which require high degrees of skill - appeal to youth with high degrees of self-efficacy. Surfing has attracted the at-risk youth the organisation wants to reach, and it also connects children to their bodies in the moment, which can provide healing and reduce symptoms related to post-traumatic stress syndrome, depression, and anxiety. However, it is crucial to combine it with additional psychosocial components, which the project does.

 Read more: http://www.waves-for-change.org

Contact person at Childhood: Susanne Drakborg, susanne.drakborg@childhood.org