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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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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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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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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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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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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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Harsh words an abusive husband shouts to his wife. He openly beats her in front of their children on a regular basis. If the children start to cry, he grabs them by the arm and drags them to another room in the family’s home. He locks the door so that he can continue the abuse…

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A beautiful day… sun shining, wind blowing, flowers blooming, rolling green hills, battered roads, all leads to an area called Kwanzimakwe. After a beautiful service at Freedom Gate, it was time to head South for the afternoon with our Give a Child a Family Foster Care Team, Monica Nomlala, Hazel Nondumiso Gigaba Cele, and Nomvuyi…

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I traveled through the rolling hills of KZN today on my way to Celebane which is about 60 kilometres away, where we have a Foster Care Support Group.  Humble, beautiful people. The session started after everyone had arrived, with a song and a short devotion. So inspiring to see the Foster Parents and listen to…

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Introduction… As I embark on this journey of healing and telling my story, there are many things that I do not remember. I realized that I had blocked out some of the horrible memories as they were just too painful, or I didn’t even realize that I had blocked them.  I have been told from…

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