From an early age, children in Cloetesville, South Africa are forced to struggle with the tragic consequences of their community’s significant socioeconomic issues. Historically an underprivileged suburb, Cloetesville is now home to families who range from the lower middle class to the extremely impoverished. Currently, over a third of Cloetesville’s residents are unemployed and have resorted to living in over-crowded informal housing. These living conditions have spurred the widespread occurrence of substance abuse, domestic violence, and HIV among Cloetesville’s families.
As a result, children from Cloetesville are often exposed to abuse and neglect. Tragically, these young people do not have access to any safe havens or stable resource centers in Cloetesville. Instead, the suburb’s orphans and abused children are faced with the daunting option of being sent to distant institutions far from their homes. This limitation has led to many children either being left in difficult conditions or forced to leave their community and all they have ever known.
Sam's project will offer an alternative for children in Cloetesville. It will fund the establishment and two-year operation of a small, community foster home for at-risk youth in Cloetesville. By partnering with Home from Home, a non-profit that has already successfully established 17 community foster homes throughout South Africa’s Western Cape, 6 children under the age of 12 will be able to live in a loving home. All 6 children will not only live under the care of a diligent foster mother in Cloetesville, but will also have access to specialized medical care, proper schooling, therapy, and opportunities to embrace the fun and adventure of a normal childhood.
Join Sam, and donate to this project to ensure 6 at-risk children can mature in a safe, loving environment within their community!
This project will support the purchase, equipment, supplies, and operations of the foster home for 2 years, including:
-property construction and renovations
-utilities and building maintenance
-furniture and supplies
-cost of food
-salaries for the foster mother and a part-time assistant
-school fees, uniforms, and school supplies for the children
The project will also ensure the 6 benefiting children receive the medical and psychological care they need to recover from their past trauma, including HIV/AIDS treatment and medications.
For many years, community members and social workers in Cloetesville have been concerned about the lack of options facing their community’s most vulnerable children. Orphans and abused and neglected youth are often unable to escape from untenable circumstances because social workers cannot place them in a safe environment where they can grow and thrive.
This project will begin to address this issue by enabling Home from Home to establish a community home that will allow 6 Cloetesville children to mature in a safe, loving environment within their community.
To successfully implement this project, Home from Home is grounding its work in community support. Home from Home will begin by partnering with two local churches and founding a committee of committed Cloetesville residents who will ensure the six foster children are loved and cared for once the foster home is opened. With this network established, Home from Home will use project funds to purchase and renovate a home. A foster mother will then be carefully selected for the home who will receive special training and support from community members and the partnering churches. Throughout the two years of operations that this project supports, Home from Home will provide social services and offer support groups to ensure the foster home remains efficient and effective.
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About Me: I have been taught since I was little that it just wasn't enough to "take space" - being a citizen who contributes to the world that sustains me is a most important life commitment. I've been in business for a long time, am invested in all people raising their consciousness and expect to see our project make a real difference in the lives of these kids.
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Carol W. donated to Cloetesville Foster Home Project! - about 1 year ago visit the project
Paul M. donated to Cloetesville Foster Home Project! - about 1 year ago visit the project
Raymond and Carol A. donated to Cloetesville Foster Home Project! - about 1 year ago visit the project
The Bakery House -. donated to Cloetesville Foster Home Project! - about 1 year ago visit the project
Hanover Natural Cleaners -. donated to Cloetesville Foster Home Project! - about 1 year ago visit the project
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