Tshepong Centre for the Disabled, since 1996 is the only community facility to serve children with disability (physical and mental) in Refilwe, a semi-rural area which includes of Refilwe, Onverwacht, and the informal area of eastern Mamelodi. The area is classified as one of “Twenty Prioritised Townships Project” by Gauteng Legislature and the community is described as being poorest of the poor with over 80% of the residents being reliant on grants as unemployment is restricted to two employers. Currently 45 children and youth with mental disability attend the Centre which receives a subsidy from Department of Health (Gauteng Mental Health) . The ethos of the organization does not allow any child in need of support to be turned away regardless of their family’s financial circumstances. OUR OBJECTIVES ARE TO: Provide therapeutic specialised care and stimulation to children and youth with disabilities. Provide training to care givers caring for children and youth with disability Involve the disabled in community development processes Ensure that there is transparency and accountability in the management of the centre. Where necessary to refer children for more specialized core/treatment at secondary or tertiary level Market abilities of children with disabilities and services rendered to them. Enhance awareness of this minority group’s existence, needs and rights Advocate access to education, training and information Create awareness of the abilities of people with disabilities, to stop seeing disabilities as an object of pity, but as capable individuals that immensely contribute to the development of society. ACTIVITIES WE PROVIDE TO CHILDREN AND YOUTH WITH MENTAL DISABILITIES The main activities of the learning development methods practiced at Tshepong is to remove artificial boundaries between education and training by integrating theoretical and practical learning, teaching and therapy methods. The Centres provides learning and therapy relevant to the needs of individual learners with disabilities promoting language, motor skills, elementary problem-solving, relationship building and basic skills by providing stimulation and therapy. CARING SECTION Specialised care and programmes for children with profoundly disabilities - Autism, Cerebral Palsy, mental syndromes and multi-disabilities Specialised programmes in classes with small ratios of caregiver: beneficiary, ensuring individual attention. Beneficiaries are grouped according to their own personal intellectual and development levels, and not age level. Indigenous language therapy Individual programmes developed by Occupational ECD Therapist with Home Based Programmes CARING AND SHELTERED EMPLOYMENT SECTIONS Daily nutritional feeding programmes (breakfast, snack and lunch) with Holiday food parcels for vulnerable poorest of the poor families Development of Life and Social skills Subsidised Transportation Equipped Classrooms including Toy Library and Sports Library Social Services - Parents support and counseling services by Social Workers and Assistance with screening and processing of social and disability grants Music therapists – cessionary based Physical exercise programmes including daily gross motor and sensory motor exercise Special Olympics Participation Educational outings Practitioner and Volunteer Capacity Building SHELTERED EMPLOYMENT SECTIONS Protective Workshops for youth and adults with disabilities Job Coaching Programmes Horticulture and Greening education and life and job skills Income generation programme OUR OBJECTIVES ARE TO: Provide therapeutic specialised care and stimulation to children and youth with disabilities. Provide training to care givers caring for children and youth with disability Involve the disabled in community development processes Ensure that there is transparency and accountability in the management of the centre. Where necessary to refer children for more specialized core/treatment at secondary or tertiary level Market abilities of children with disabilities and services rendered to them. Enhance awareness of this minority group’s existence, needs and rights Advocate access to education, training and information Create awareness of the abilities of people with disabilities, to stop seeing disabilities as an object of pity, but as capable individuals that immensely contribute to the development of society. Our doors are always open to welcome visitors, to share the difference we make in the lives of our children with different abilities.
Marietjie School for LSEN is a school for learners with severe mental disability. There is 326 learners in the school with various disabilities. There is learners with all the different syndromes eg. Down Syndrome, Noonan Syndrome, deaf learners, Learners with Cerebal Palsey, Autism etc. Most of these learners come from low sosio economic backgrounds and the meals provided by the sc hool is in some cases the only food these learners get per day.
Since 2015 Vuyani Safe Haven a Child and Youth Care Centre for vulnerable children is the main beneficiary of the Add Hope feeding scheme through the Graaff-Reinet KFC franchise, Chargo (Pty) Ltd. This franchise also supports Vuyani regularly with sponsored food packages delivered with so much care and love by the KFC staff when our children have a special outing. The Add Hope funding does indeed benefit the community’s children placed in Vuyani Safe Haven’s care when in need of care and protection. Due to gross neglect, some of our children have stunted growth because of malnutrition and we are able to give them enough protein, fruit and vegetables to provide a healthy diet. Vuyani’s older children even initiated a charity project together with the caregiver on duty, whereby any child they know of who don't get a decent meal, can receive a meal on appointed Saturdays at the home. All of this is made possible by the R2 you donate when you buy a meal at KFC here in Graaff-Reinet!
as the Good Shepherd Organization we started receiving KFC Add Hope find in 2015, and ever since we received it we have managed to run an after school programme where children come after school to eat and be helped with their homework's. we have since managed to assist a numerous number of kids between the age of 7 and 18. we have also managed to help 5 families by giving them food parcels and the end of every month. funds are very useful because number of children in townships and informal settlement get to receive help in terms of school related matters and also lighten the burden where parents dont know what to give their children after school.
KFC Add Hope has been part of our school's feeding scheme since 2015, and has enabled to provide around 30 000 meals per year to the children of Olievenhoutbosch. Today we would like to introduce you to Charlene. She is a Grade R learner in our school. She has a sister in Grade 3 and a younger brother who will start with Grade R next year. When one is working in challenging circumstances, one may be at times be so overwhelmed by the needs that one feel the difference is so small, it does not have an impact on a family or a child. Charlene was in the principal's office doing an individualized School Readiness Assessment. The principal's office is also a storeroom for stationery, food and at donations which the school received. At the end of the assessment Charlene asked the principal if she could have something. Thinking she may ask for a toy or stationery, the principal said: "Yes, what would she like to have?" Charlene then continued to ask for a bread. She said she wants to give it to her mum, since she and her sister are getting nice food from school, but her mum does not have anything at home. This was such an eye opening experience of the needs of the community. Of all the things she could have chosen, her first thought was for food for her family. This is such an example of the need there is for a project like Add Hope, and the difference its making in the community.
KFC’s CSI programme, Add Hope has been around since 2009 and today feeds more than 110 000 children every day through its 110 beneficiaries. These include childhood development organisations, children’s homes and school feeding programmes. The initiative partners with these beneficiaries to ensure that children are receiving a nutritious meal daily. Add Hope, which runs all year round, allows you to make a difference in the lives of children’s by simply contributing R2 towards the the foundation when you visit a KFC restaurant. In South Africa, 26% of children under the age of nine are stunted as they do not receive sufficient nutrition for proper brain and physical development. This means they cannot learn and play as other children would. KFC’s corporate social responsibility programme, Add Hope, hopes to change this by making a difference in the lives of children in South Africa, providing them with nutritional meals to help them learn, grow and thrive. Since its launch in 2009, Add Hope has grown to feed over 110 000 children across South Africa every day. Running all year round, Add Hope is a national feeding initiative, allowing KFC customers to purchase ‘hope’ off the menu for just R2. This way every one of us has the power to change someone’s life, with every donation going directly to one of 110 Add Hope beneficiaries. For more information, please visit www.addhope.co.za