Soweto Parent and Child Counselling Centre [SPCCC]
THE SOWETO PARENT AND CHILD COUNSELLING CENTRE: SPCCC
The SPCC is our informal partner. This organisation of social workers and counsellors tend to the emotional needs of 1000 + desperate child/grandmother/sick mother headed households, while we attend to their physical needs.
We know that children growing up in poverty with poor living conditions are vulnerable, and through the eyes of the SPCCC we have been privy to the despair and turmoil of this unfortunate community.
The SPCCC assist us tremendously with cultural and language difficulties. We assist them by arranging and organising material donations and collections:
We are there to arrange more specific issues for individual children as well. We bring in donations of blankets and Easter Eggs, food, linen (from Tsogo Sun) and toiletries for distribution.
We accompany the SPCCC into the squatter camps, hostels and back yard shacks.
We have found differently – abled children that we have assisted, we arrange equipment for them.
We have found very ill children as well, we transport them to hospital.
We had 100 waterproof Streetsleepers (sleeping bags) made up for shack dwelling children who freeze in winter, thanks to the Angel Network.
Every December we host a huge party for these impoverished children. We have partnered with Santa Shoebox Project, they so kindly make up a few hundred filled gift shoeboxes for these children. We need about 600 extra boxes however, as we discover needy children right up until the week before the party. The Angel Network always assist us with this project, as do many well wishes, who over the years, who have become very involved with this aspect.
This year we embarked on a massive sanitary pad distribution campaign which saw 80 girls from grade 8 upwards getting a supply sufficient to keep them in school for the entire year, they generally stay at home during menstruation. Many school days are lost by girls who don’t attend school for 5 days of the month. Last year the Angel Network funded 50 menstrual cups for teenagers that the SPCCC oversee.
For the last few years we have been the fortunate beneficiaries of over 6000 Easter Eggs, kindly collected by Johannesburg Mini Council and King Edward School and The Angel Network which we distribute. Warm The World, King Edward School (KES) and Rotary Rosebank have assisted us with countless blankets, some warmth for freezing winter living in a shack.
R562000 Worth of Christmas shoeboxes, linen, and this year specially made up sleeping bags for children living in shacks (streetsleepers).
R300000 of clothing, blankets and food distributed in 2017.
R31000 Worth of sanitary pads sand Menstrual Cups distributed: 130 Girls who are counselled by the SPCCC potentially did not miss school this year – this resulted in a renewed commitment to education. Attending school affords them a greater possibility of passing matric one day, as well as increased access to education.
4000+ individuals were assisted, we reached 2000+ generous donors who gave to our initiatives.
We assisted and enriched the services that the SPCCC carry out, they are the only organisation of social workers that we know to be operating in the area.
Dignity and self confidence so many learners, warmth and comfort for a hundreds in a community and an Easter Egg treat for children.
Equipment for children who are differently – abled.
We impacted on schools, parents/caregivers, teachers, fellow classmates, the entire community as well as the Department of Education.
To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded.
Todays post is a beautiful positive message of love that just cannot be stifled. Squatter camp dwellers live in absolute degradation, yet those who love their animals do it from the heart, and when something goes wrong it is catastrophic for them. The adults that allow animals into their hearts and their lives set an example to their children which will be imprinted in the minds forever: love.
Children growing up in these harshest conditions witness levels of violence unimaginable. Loving an animal provides such solace. There are studies that show that animals may provide unique elements to address several post traumatic stress disorder symptoms. Sometimes, especially for those children who head up households, the love from an animal is the only love these children know.
There are 2 heroes that I would like to acknowledge here: The first is an animal inspector who doesnt want to be identified. The second is a vet who never refuses the animals he drops off at her to sew back together, sterilise, or treat. This vet is Dr Ash of Orion Veterinary Clinic in Glenanda.
Dr Ash charges him cost price for the consumables she uses only. Making a profit out of treating these animals is unthinkable to her. The inspector has paid for these costs out of his own salary up until now.
Thank you to those of you who have donated towards this informal initiative that I have run, collecting funds for the veterinary care of the animals in Protea South, you are heroes too.
Dr Ash's banking details are:
Orion Veterinary Clinic,
Account number 62784730676,
Branch code 250655
Please use 'Squatter Camp Animals' as a reference.
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