THE IMPORTANCE OF PARENTING SKILLS TRAINING

“It is not always easy to be a parent, but it’s doable. The more a child grows, the more you have to equip yourself to be able to deal with your child’s developmental stages. You will then know how to deal with difficult behaviours.” Important words to all parents from Nozuko Mtatambi, who has been…

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Prevent Abuse from Happening

Having a conversation with Lydia Gordon and Monica Nomlala about Protective Behaviours (PB) makes it clear how passionate they are about the internationally acclaimed personal life skills safety programme. “It promotes personal safety with children. It can be applied in all settings; for children, adults, parents, professionals, workplaces …. and, it prevents abuse from happening.”…

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Children and Youth on the Agenda

“The youth of today have skills. We must motivate and show them how to use it”, says one of Give a Child a Family’s (GCF) employees who have been participating in different awareness events in the area the last few weeks. This is the time of the year when matters around children and youth are…

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Child Protection Week 2021

Once again, we have reached the national Child Protection Week. Even, though GCF works with child protection every day, we support this week as a great reminder to the world around us that this is important. Children being victims of neglect, all sorts of abuse, violence and exploitation is real! It happens all the time,…

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Champions of Hope in Challenging Times

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The international week for Child and Youth Care Workers (CYCW) has just passed, but their importance in children’s lives should be appreciated more. Much more. Imagine a world without them? Some do not understand the knowledge, passion and effort they put into children lives. How hard can it be? They just take care of children.…

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The face of bullying – Part 2

Bulling is real and must never be ignored. A child can be targeted by a class mate, a group of them or peers in the neighbourhood or a sport club. Don’t forget that bullying also happens online. Whoever they are, what they have in common is that they “habitually seek to harm or intimidate those…

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The face of bullying – Part 1

Bullying is unpredictable and can happen to anyone at any time. It is common, but can still be difficult to discover if your child would be a victim. Firstly, let’s determine what bullying is, so we know what we are talking about. It is always unwanted, is repeated and somehow shows aggressive behaviour towards someone…

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“Help me, I cannot take care of my newborn baby”

It was weekend when the phone rang. The social worker from the local welfare office had an emergency situation. A mother in distress asked for urgent assistance. “Help me, I cannot take care of my newborn baby”.   The pregnancy was not planned for and the young woman already had parental responsibilities and a job she needed to pay…

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We made it! (Our journey to success during Covid-19)

In the beginning of 2020, things were looking good; excitement of the new year, new grades, new resolutions, like all other years. Teachers and learners were laughing and shouting with excitement about seeing each other after school holidays. We were not aware that things would be turned upside down and that a black cloud was…

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FINALLY!! I’m going home!

Jacob* was admitted at the GCF Temporary Child and Youth Care Centre a few years ago. Mr and Mrs Dube* found him, abandoned on the side of the road. What they thought was garbage in a black bag was baby Jacob.  They alerted the authorities and Jacob was then placed at Give a Child a…

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