Children of the Dawn

Children of the Dawn was set up in May 2002 to support and strengthen rural community initiatives which focus on caring for HIV/AIDS orphans and vulnerable children in South Africa. Children of the Dawn’s goal is to give back a future to these affected children. By applying Children of the Dawn’s model, rural communities are given the financial and technical means to care for their children with a long-term, sustained and holistic approach, looking at the whole spectrum of children’s needs. At Children of the Dawn, we believe in community responses to the challenge of orphaned and vulnerable children who are cared for within their extended family or community settings. We, South African rural communities, believe we have the will, the power and the love to raise a generation of saved children! Children of the Dawn cares for 823 orphaned and vulnerable children in rural South Africa in eight different communities.: 2 in the Limpopo Province, namely Mathabatha and Lenyenye, 3 in Mpumalanga namely Bushbuckridge, Mangweni and Ermelo, 1 in the Free State, namely Qwaqwa, 1 in Kwazulu-Natal, namely Mpumaze, and 1 in the Eastern Cape namely Masakala. Activities responding to a holistic care approach:  Response to basic needs: schooling (fees, uniform, stationery, homework support), nutrition (food parcels, lunch boxes, meals at the aftercare centres, fortified nutrition), clothing, hygiene (toiletries, education), household goods (buckets, washing powder, etc.), transport, health including management of HIV/AIDS symptoms, care of the siblings. Opening new doors of opportunities: background work to access social grants, integration into the community and leisure activities (running of aftercare centres, school trips, end-of-the-year trips, special children’s days, cultural events, birthday parties, overseas trip, etc.), emotional and moral support by caregivers, organisation of a correspondence project with school-going pupils, and other ad-hoc projects, such as vegetable children’s gardens, My Future, My Responsibility programme for teenagers aged 14 and older. Needs: Children of the Dawn has several programmes running and is caring for 824 children in eight different rural communities. The bulk of our work at head office is to raise sponsors for individual children. A sponsor of a child currently pays R 270 per month. We also try raise additional funds from individuals and companies for the following areas which all as crucial as each other: 1) monthly incentives for caregivers (R600 000 per annum), 2)special nutrition that is provided to every child (R100 000 per annum) 3) end-of-the-year trips (R76 000 for 475 children) 4) My Future My Responsibility Programme for teenagers aged 14 and older (R800 000 per annum) 5) Bursaries for older children etc. (R100 000 per annum) – 6) Care programme (R2 500 000).

Contact person: Magali Malherbe (National Project Manager) Telephone: 072 428 0939 Address: PO Box 292 Banbury 2164 E-mail:  magali@childrenofthedawn.org.za
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