Caring for the Carers in South Africa

Our work is about supporting children, helping them remove the obstacles in their life that prevent them from accessing education, being safe and being healthy. We want to make sure that they can make the most of the incredible potential each one of them possesses.

To achieve this, we work with local community partner organisations. We think that this is the best way to reach children and provide the best quality support. Our partners have the expertise and knowledge that means they can best understand the lives that the children lead and the challenges that they face. They know how to negotiate the most sensitive of community and cultural issues. At no point do we ever believe we alone know best.

We also know that this is no easy task. The caregivers who provide direct support to vulnerable children confront issues that none of us want to think about. It is vital that they do so to help children to find safety, to heal and to cope. So that they can build a better future. But this itself places incredible demands on our caregivers.

It is with this in mind that this year we have supported our caregivers with the provision of personal counselling support for themselves. After a year of the pandemic we were concerned that the additional pressures this created only added to the burden that they are asked to carry. We are very aware that we need to be mindful to care for the carers we work with too.

We have received a very positive response from our friends in South Africa on this initiative and have been delighted to hear that it has been helpful for them. By helping them we know that we will equip them to better help children in the months and years ahead, as the pandemic slowly subsides in South Africa and we begin to understand the long term impact of it all on the health and wellbeing of children in the most vulnerable circumstances.

We will make sure that we are prepared to help children and our caregivers through and beyond the pandemic to a better future for them all.