A couple of weeks ago, I was visiting Trudie, a child care worker in one of our trauma houses for young girls. As manager of childcare services I have a pretty good idea of each child’s situation and what they require in terms of care. Jeanette, a 13-year-old girl, who has been with us for just over a year was hovering in the background and trying to get our attention. I suggested to Trudie that she attend to the child. She turned around, gave Jeanette one look and ordered: “Jeanette, go to your room at once.” I was stunned. Why so harsh? And more, why did the child obey?
I remember ‘pretend’ play as a child. Sometimes alone, murmuring quietly to myself in a story, slipping through characters and time, being whoever I wanted to be and making things happen in ways that were larger and brighter than life. Or with my sister, moving in an enchanted space where I would be the princess and she, being the youngest, would have to jump at my every request. Like all children, we would spend hours weaving the raw material of our experiences into compelling play, where at once we would make sense of and escape from our real world.
The Pebbles Project Trust is a registered NPO that supports children, families and communities on the wine farms in and around Stellenbosch and Wellington. The work of Pebbles has five main pillars: education, health, nutrition, protection and environment.
The Pebbles Project Trust seeks to employ a Nutrition Programme Manager, based in Stellenbosch.
This is a twelve-month renewable contract based on performance. This is a full day position (07h00 - 16h00).
The Homestead (Projects for Street Children) was established in 1982 and has a simple mission to help street children reconstruct their shattered lives. They have also developed projects that aim to prevent children at risk from coming onto the streets.The Homestead Prevention and Early Intervention programme runs Drop-in Centres and School-After-Care programmes for vulnerable, high risk children in khayelitsha and Manenberg.