From a Christian frame of reference, to care for committed children in our residential facilities and to develop. empower and reintegrate them and other socially disrupted and disadvantaged children and families to enable them to function independently and to contribute to society.
THE CHILDREN'S HOME IN PERSPECTIVE
ABRAHAM KRIEL CAMPUS:
Founded in 1902 by Rev A.P.Kriel and situated in Langlaagte. Currently cares for 240 Children in 17 house units and 90 children in 9 satellite homes. Children between the ages 3 - 18 are cared for by house parents
MARIA KLOPPERS CAMPUS:
Founded in 1908 by Ms M Kloppers and situated in Observatory. Amalgamated with Abraham Kriel Children's Home in 1993. Currently cares for 40 children in 4 house units with house parents and 20 babies and toddlers in a baby unit with child care workers working in shifts.
Founded in 1979 by Rev J Hofmeyer and Rev L Kekana on a farmyard situated in Emdeni. Since 1995 the Abraham Kriel Maria Kloppers Children's Home manages the campus. 60 Children are cared for in 3 house units by child care workers working in shifts
WHERE DO THE KIDS IN CHILDREN'S HOMES COME FROM?
These children were mostly removed by court order from circumstances of neglect, abandonment, extreme poverty, drug -or alcohol abuse or sexual -and physical abuse.
WHAT DOES THE CHILD IN OUR CARE LOOK LIKE?
Children between the ages 0 -18 years are cared for here. They are normal kids with special needs as a result of emotional scars left by the traumatic experiences in their past. The numbers of severely traumatized as well as environmentally handicapped children are increasing. We also foresee an increase in HIV positive children and Aids orphans.
WHY A CHILDREN'S HOME?
Children in Children's homes are frequently members of big families, who would have been difficult to place without separating the siblings. Severe trauma in children may also lead to behavioral problems that can be better addressed by the resources available to a Children's home. The ideal for a child remains a family unit. For this reason we place much emphasis on the model where children live in home units with house parents.
HOW ARE THE CHILDREN EDUCATED?
The children attend ordinary schools, where they are placed according to ability, interest and talent. Where children have the desire, ability and will, they are afforded the opportunity to receive a tertiary education.
HOW CAN I BECOME MORE INVOLVED:
WHAT DOES MY CONTRIBUTION PAY FOR?
- HOST FRIENDS PROGRAMME: This entails a long-term involvement with a single child, where the child will visit an approved family for holidays and weekends. The primary aim is to provide children with role models in a functional family environment.
- VOLUNTARY WORKERS: These people fulfill A variety of functions. This includes services such as stimulation programs for babies and toddlers; computer classes; arts and crafts training such as pottery as well as coaching for budding sport stars.
- FUND RAISING: Help and support with arrangements for functions such as the selling of tickets; the design and distribution of marketing material or even acting as go-between to gain access to companies or the media.
- DONORS: Donation of goods or money on a once-off basis or by means of a debit order or credit card instruction.
Balanced diet; Water & Lights; A home to live in; School fees; Transport; Loving house parents;
A safe play area; Therapy
- Food: R256.00 pays for a balanced diet for one child for a month.
- Clothing & linen: R43.00 pays for school clothing, underwear and linen for one child for a month.
- School costs: R250.00 is enough for outings, stationary, sport & culture. School fees do not apply.
- Therapy: An average of R375.00 per child is spent annually on therapeutic services.
- Water and lights: R139.00 is the cost of municipal services per child per month.
- Transport: R72.00 is the cost per child per month to keep vehicles on the road and filled with fuel.