Project information

The future in their hands - South Africa

Transforming young lives in some of South Africa's poorest communities by supporting orphans and vulnerable children to access and to remain in education. Working with community based organisations and drawing on the expertise and determination of local people to establish a vibrant civil society.

January 2016 - December 2017

Charity information: Bishop Simeon Trust

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  • Need

    Need

    The terrible legacy of Apartheid and the epidemic of HIV/AIDS has left almost 3 out of 5 children in South Africa still living in poverty, many on less than £1 a day. We have been heavily involved in rebuilding civil society in South Africa since the brutal repression of the Apartheid era. We bridge the gap between the existing welfare provision and communities where poverty, illness, informal housing and lack of basic paperwork severely limit people’s access to support and education.

    Solution

    Our projects enable orphans and vulnerable children to access and stay in education. We do all we can to remove the obstacles that stand in their way, believing that learning has the power to unlock potential and transform lives. With our partners in the community, we make sure that children and young people have food, clothing and a safe place to be; we help them with vital paperwork; and we provide home based carers for ill family members, freeing the children to attend school.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Helping local organisations build quality, sustainable services that support orphans and children

    Activities

    » Developing 16 Safe Parks in the Provinces of Gauteng and Mpumalanga: multi-purpose centres providing support, food and a safe space for children.
    » Training and support for Safe Park staff to deliver high quality services to orphans, children, and the terminally ill within their communities.
    » Bridging the gap, to ensure vital services for orphans and children while the skills and capacity of local partners are being developed.

    Monitoring attendance at the Safe Parks; number of orphans and vulnerable children entering further education; perseverance rates; resilience surveys; educational partnerships.


    Aim 2

    Helping local partners access statutory funding to sustain their work beyond the end of the project

    Activities

    » Helping local partners to reach the standards set by the proven and nationally recognised Isibindi Safe Parks model.
    » Helping local partners to reach national standards in Home Based Care for the terminally ill.
    » Helping local partners reach national standards for Early Childhood Development.
    » Supporting local partners with advocacy skills, so that they can influence and inform local and national government policy for children.

    Use of an organisational self-assessment process; monitoring of advocacy interventions; level of statutory support secured; agreements signed by local organisations and the state.


  • Impact

    Impact

    10,000 orphans and vulnerable children from some of the most disadvantaged communities in Gauteng and Mpumalanga will directly benefit from this project: transforming their lives and their future chances; building a more just society for all. We will track pupil progress and use qualitative data from structured interviews conducted by key adults with whom trusting and supportive relationships have developed over time. Local groups will gain state support and recognition, to ensure their future.

    Risk

    The main risks are project drift or inadequate controls (financial or otherwise). We minimise these as follows: using an Organisational Self-Assessment Model aimed at assuring quality and promoting clear channels of communication; by providing community based organisations with training and support in the use of this model; by working to Memorandums of Understanding and a clear Scheme of Delegation with each of our partners; through quarterly and annual monitoring.

    Reporting

    In addition to statistical measures, the presence of two full-time staff members will boost our access to individual stories and progress updates - direct testimonies from our service users. We feature these in newsletters, in reports to funders and on our regularly updated website.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £290,089

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      Amount Heading Description
      £95,294 CCAs Child Care Avocates - stipends
      £44,471 Home base carers Home based carer - stipends
      £50,824 ECDs Early Childhood Development teachers - stipends
      £48,000 Running Costs Bridging running costs for 20 local organisations for 2 years
      £51,500 Capital - Safe Parks Capital Development:14 new Safe Parks and refurbishment of 2 to national standards

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Major gifts £35,000 Conditional
    Regular giving £38,500 Conditional
    Corporate support £16,500 Conditional
    Events £28,000 Conditional
  • Background

    Location

    10,000 orphans and vulnerable children from some of the most disadvantaged communities in the South African provinces of Guateng and Mpumalanga will directly benefit from this project: transforming their lives and their future chances; building a more just society for all. These Provinces are home to two great cities - Johannesburb and Pretoria - but also to hundreds of informal settlements that surround them. Teenage pregnancy, HIV/AIDs infection and child-headed households are high.

    Beneficiaries

    Communities and children whose lives have been unjustly blighted by the legacy of HIV/AIDs and the long-lasting fallout of a society riven by the Apartheid regime. We are part of rebuilding civil society in a democratic South Africa where previously engagement, activism, volunteering and mobilising were repressed or banned. We want to empower coming generations to show that these blights can be overcome in a peaceful way, just as Apartheid was overthrown.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Bishop Simeon Trust has helped change the lives of more than 30,000 children in its 25-year history. Our focus has always been on education and, as a small charity, we are able to adapt quickly to need in order to make the greatest impact. We bridge the gap between the welfare provision that now exists and communities where poverty, illness, informal housing and lack of basic paperwork severely limit people’s access to support.

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    People

    Martin Keat

    Director

    Bafana Kunene

    Programme Coordinator (South Africa)

    TBC

    Project Officer South Africa

How we help

£90

a CCA to support 10 orphans per month