The Johannesburg Children’s Home - A Home Away From Home ‘121 years of caring’
The Johannesburg Children’s Home is one of the oldest charitable institutions in Gauteng and has cared for thousands of children over the past 121 years. The organisation believes that childcare is not just the provision of food and shelter, but also includes the provision of a special place for a child to be, a home in which the child can take pride and feel surrounded by love and warmth. The Johannesburg Children’s Home cares for 64 abandoned, abused or neglected children, aged 3 to 21. Caring for 64 children and healing the harm that has been done to them is a huge task, and takes the dedication and hard work of a multi-disciplinary team. The children need to become functional members of society, and leave the organisation’s care able to cope with adequate coping skills to survive in the outside world.
The Johannesburg Children’s Home invites you to partner with them in the success they continue to have with mistreated children. As a nonprofit organisation, they rely entirely on fund raising activities and donations to build and sustain the holistic and multi-layered support they provide.
Young people achieving their potential and making positive contributions to their future and society.
At The Johannesburg Children’s Home, it is believed that childcare is not just the provision of food and shelter, but also includes the provision of a special place for a child to be, a home in which he or she can take pride and feel surrounded by love and warmth.
The children are cared for in cottages according to their ages, and gender. This helps the organisation to implement developmental programmes with the children that are age appropriate.
The children’s medical needs are dealt with by local healthcare facilities and the Johannesburg Children’s Home employs one qualified nurse. The nurse makes sure that the prescribed dietary, medical and dental recommendations are adhered to. The children receive a well-balanced and nutritional diet that includes plenty of seasonal fresh fruit and vegetables.
The children attend many different local educational institutions. These include pre-schools and government schools, as well as tertiary institutions. Many children will not be able to do mainstream education due to their background. These children attend remedial and special schools that cater for their specific learning requirements. It is very important that the children attend the school that is the correct one for them.
The children enjoy a variety of activities like swimming and sports at the Home, and meet with people from many different walks of life when the community, school, religious and other organisations arrange outings and activities.
Therapists and social workers help heal the harm done. A healthy mind is as important as a healthy body. All the children at some point will spend time with the organisation’s psychologists and social workers to heal the harm and damage that has happened to them. More and more children presenting psychiatric problems are being admitted, and this is a challenge.
The Home commits to the Independent Code of Governance for Nonprofits in South Africa, and is compliant with all legal and statutory requirements.
The Johannesburg Children’s Home has cared for and been home to thousands of the most vulnerable members of society, our children. The Home has guided, supported and cared for children who would not have been able to realise their potential, overcome their traumatic past and become useful members of society. Your investment in children is paramount to assisting the organisation in helping the children rebuild their lives and renew their sense of hope for the future.
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