Serving over 700 children in need
SizaBantwana employs 40 care workers (similar to social workers) and utilizes countless volunteers to assist orphans living with relatives, neighbors, or in child-headed households. They also help children who are terminally ill. At two care centers (garages of volunteers), care workers and volunteers serve an after school meal, probably the only meal that many children eat all day. They also provide homework help and a safe place for children to play outside. Care workers serve the majority of children through home-based care which includes assistance with learning household chores, cooking, help in obtaining government grants, medical care, vocational skills, and more.
SizaBantwana currently serves over 700 children and the number continues to grow. Sadly, while out working in the poor, rural communities, care workers will simply come across orphans living alone in shacks and other unacceptable conditions. Still suffering from the effects of apartheid, these communities have no running water or electricity. Unemployment rates are high. Violence against girls, including rape, occur at horrific rates. Additionally, South Africa has the largest HIV epidemic in the world. A lack of education on how the disease is spread and not knowing one’s own HIV status are just a few factors perpetuating the problem. SizaBantwana depends on donations from local groups near Hazyview such as churches, farmers, and local businessmen. But the needs of the children are great.
SizaBantwana is committed to establishing sustainable and replicable projects that can expand and serve more at-risk children.
To learn more about SizaBantwana Children’s Benefit Organisation and the work they are doing in South Africa, visit their website at sizabantwana.org
At the June 2018 Symposium in South Africa, the International Association for Social Work with Groups (IASWG) recognized SizaBantwana Organisation as an IASWG Honoree for making substantial contributions to group work.
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SizaBantwana Childrens Benefit Organisation is a South African nonprofit that supports orphans and vulnerable children in the rural communities of the Mpumalanga Province. It is a grassroots project that started in 1996 when Frank Mashego saw children in his community living alone, left behind after their parents died.
Together with the Dutch Reformed Church of Hazyview, the organization was officially founded in 2007. The name SizaBantwana was chosen because it means “helping children.”
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