Transforming Communities, Changing Lives 

Changing Lives in South Africa

At any one time we work with up to ten community based partners in South Africa. Our focus for direct support is Ekurhuleni Municipality in Gauteng Province in South Africa. Ekurhuleni has the second larges township in the region - 400,000 people - who experience the most acute impacts of poverty and HIV/AIDS, but without the level of support attracted by better known areas in the region. With our support in 2017 we achieved the following with our community partners in Ekurhuleni:

# 2,000+ vulnerable children received support each day
# 848 children were helped to access health treatment
# 1,312 children received psychosocial counselling
# 226 educational grants were secured for children
# 698 home support visits were conducted
# 380,000 daily meals were provided
This support has been provided in partnership with the following ten community based organisations:

Bambanani Centre

Bonisiwe

Bambanani was founded in 2002 in Dukathole, most of which is an informal settlement by Germiston to the East of Johannesburg. 

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Initially Bambanani provided home based care for those living with HIV, but later started providing support to vulnerable children whose lifes had been impacted by the HIV epidemic. Bambanani now supports 50 children each day who receive early age education support and one nutritious meal each day. With support from the Bishop Simeon Trust and one generous family of our supporters in the UK Bambanani was able to identify a new larger area of land which could accomodate all their work and provide a much bigger playground for the children and activities. The staff at Bambanani also care for elderly residents in the community by cooking and delivering food to their homes once a week. We are now working with them to look at developing a Safe Park programme to provide extended support to older children in Dukathole. 

Bonisiwe Safe Park

Bonisiwe

Bonisiwe Safe Park has been a place of hope for the relatively remote community in Magagula Heights, close to Katlehong township, since 2007.  

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Established by Patricia, Bonisiwe consists of a Safe Park which provides support to vulnerable children, as well as home based caring services for those living with HIV/AIDS. The Safe Park takes care of over 500 children and their families, providing counselling, referrals to social workers, health clinics and a healthy meal each day. Bonisiwe Safe Park has established a vegetable garden that helps them to provide meals to those in need. Bonisiwe takes care of children up to the age of 18. We are working with them to develop a Youth Committee to help with the development of their Safe Park, provide peer support and to develop future leaders in the community. The Youth Committee there has already helped to secure land for the development of an improved Safe Park facility. They are now looking at how they can secure the funds they need to build this. They are very determined! In the future Bonisiwe wants to be able to employ more people in the community of Magagula Heights as well as support young adults to return to work with them to empower others like them.
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Daggafontein Repheleng Safe Park

Daggafontein

Daggafontein Repheleng Safe Park is a sister organisation to KwaThema Repheleng Safe Park.  
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Based in the neighbouring community of Daggafontein where the majority of people live in an informal settlement, part of the community which host the most acute of social, economic and child protection issues in South Africa. They provide support to 68 children each day and like KwaThema Repheleng have the ambition to develop their own secure and safe facility for their Safe Park and Early Childhood Development centre. We are working with them so that they can continue to provide counselling, support and one meal a day to the children they assist, as well as develop to the national standards which apply to their services. 

Good Hope Centre

Good Hope

The Good Hope Centre serves the community in another informal settlement in Germiston, neighbouring the work of Bambanani in Dukathole.  
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They have been established for over ten years, with an initial focus on provision fo support to younger vulnerable children aged 2 to 6 years old through an Early Childhood Development centre. They support over 60 children each day, with pre-primary education, social development support, health referrals and one meal a day. We continue to work with Good Hope to explore how we can help them to develop their service to reach older children and young people in their community. 

KwaThema Repheleng Safe Park

KwaThema

KwaThema Repheleng Safe Park was established by Dudu in KwaThema in 2005. It all started when Dudu felt the need to buy groceries for children who were in need in her community. 

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Dudu found out that most of the children had problems in their homes and took it upon herself to take care of 20 children at the time. Today KwaThema Repheleng Safe Park provides support to over 80 children each day, providing counselling, homework support, a safe space before and after school, social worker referral support and a daily meal. One of the challenges they face as a Safe Park is the need of their own bespoke facility. They have been grateful to the local church for the use of their hall and facilities during the day, but to meet the national standards and provide the kind of facility children need they are making plans for their own centre. We have been helping them to develop a Youth Committee to support this and are working to identify support for the construction on the land they have had allocated to them.                

Leth'ithemba

Leth'ithemba

Leth'ithemba was founded in 2006 by a group of local community members in Vosloorus township, near to Alberton to the South East of Johannesburg.  
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They had recognised the impact of HIV/AIDS on families and the need to provide care to those living with infection and their children. Today Leth'themba has an Early Childhood Development Centre that provides support to over 70 children aged 2-6 years old and a Safe Park which supports 45 young people from 7-18 years old. We have been working with them to develop a Youth Committee to develop leadership and confidence, but also assure that young people have a voice in their communities. We are very grateful to our Patron, Sir Michael Parkinson CBE, who has personally supported Leth'ithemba for many years. The literal translation of Leth'ithemba is 'to give hope. Follow the links below to find out more from the staff and children at Leth'ithemba themselves:  

Tholakele Centre of Hope

Tholakele

Tholakele Centre of Hope provides support to vulnerable children in Springs.  
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Tholakele is led by Tilly, who manages Safe Park support to at least 50 children each day, assuring that they receive counselling support, referrals to clinics and social workers where needed. We have also been working with the young people at Tholakele to develop a Youth Committee which will help support services within the Safe Park, as well as build leadership and youth led advocacy in their community. 

Tshepo Hope

Tshepo Hope

Based in the centre of Tsakane, to the South of Springs, Tshepo Hope has a Safe Park and an Early Childhood Development (ECD) centre.  

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The team at Tshepo Hope provide care and support to over 400 children each day. The ECD takes care of 50 children from the early morning until the late afternoon, they also receive pre-primary school education. The Safe Park operates in afternoon. Children between the ages of 6 years to 18 years receive a meal after school as well as homework assistance from CCA’s. They also do extramural activities that consist of acting, dancing and singing. We are now working with them to develop a Youth Committee within the Safe Park to help provide opportunities for leadership development and youth advocacy in their community.  

Tshilisanani Safe Park

Tshilisanani

Tshilisanani Safe Park is based in Daveyton, close to Benoni, an area where 30% of the population live in informal settlements.  
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Tshilisanani Safe Park is led by Esther, who works with her team to provide daily support, counselling, homework clubs and meals to around 50 children. Their focus is on assuring that there are circles of care and protection around children, from their families, to the community based support from Tshilisanani and then reaching out to those services provided by the State. We are working with Esther and  the children at Tshilisanani to help them to develop a Youth Committee to help drive forward their work. 

Uthando Care Centre

Uthando

Uthando Care Centre provides support in Tsakane, to a part of the community neighbouring that area supported by Tshepo Hope.  
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Uthando is led by Catherine and her team who provide support, counselling, advice and homework club assistance to close to 150 children each day. Their biggest challenge at present is working towards securing land and a building which they can fully devote to the Safe Park services. 

Historical partnership work:

Tecford - Enablement Centre for the Disabled

The Bishop Simeon Trust worked with Tecford for many years. This is a project in the township of Jouberton, where the Tecford Enablement centre works with disabled adults to provide training, employment, social and sporting opportunities to those with physical and learning disablilities.

Imbiza Safe Park and Early Childhood Development Centre


Imbiza is a small community initiative in a poor settlement on the outskirts of a former gold mining town called Orkney in North West Province. Imbiza was started in 1998 by a group of unemployed women who saw the huge neglect within the community and felt compelled to make a change however big or small. Imbiza now runs as a small but thriving Safe Park. The Bishop Simeon Trust worked with Imbiza to help them develop their Safe Park and Early Childhood Development Centre. Through the partnership with the Bishop Simeon Trust Imbiza grew significantly. Imbiza now receives investment from other organisations along with some state funding, providing a safe, caring environment for children living in this desperately poor community where they not only receive high quality support, but also an essential meal a day and psychosocial care. 



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