Give a Child a Family

Our Work

Progammes

  • Child Protection Service

    Child Protection Service

  • Development

    Development

  • Temporary Safe Care

    Temporary Safe Care

What we do

Problem

Fractured Families and Absent Fathers

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Violence

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Children who are abused, abandoned, neglected

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Moral fibre

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Disparities

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Poverty and unemployment

Unemployment is particularly high in the Ugu district, with nearly one third of the population out of work. In KZN, poverty rates are highest among traditional households (46%), followed by urban informal (35%) and then rural areas (29%).

Poverty rates are also higher among female-headed households which make up 47 percent of provincial households.

Overall, the Ugu district is the fourth most deprived district in the province. The proportion of female-headed households is high (51%).

Lack of education

Children in Ugu are extremely vulnerable.

There are many children with developmental delays and disabilities. There is little certainty as to the exact number of children with disabilities in South Africa because of limitations in the survey data questions and the lack of a disability-specific survey in the country.

A UNICEF / DSD situational analysis estimated that there are 108 552 (2,7%) children with a serious disability in KZN, with greater prevalence in rural, as opposed to urban areas. The report notes that there are far more children with mild to moderate disabilities. The 2014 GHS found a disability rate of 4,7 percent among people five years and older in KZN (444 000).

Child poverty is very high in the province and especially so in Ugu. In 2007, based on the South African Index of Multiple Deprivation for Children (SAIMDC), KZN, alongside the Eastern Cape, had the largest numbers of municipalities with children living in the poorest quintiles (Wright, Noble, Barnes, & Noble, 2009). The burden of child poverty is higher in KZN than the national average and is the third highest in the country. In 2015 74% of children in KZN live in poverty on less than R 965 per month –in 2015 (more than 3 million children – 3,018,000), compared to a national rate of 62%. In 2015, 34% live in a household where there is no employed adult.

Child poverty levels vary across the districts of KZN. Ugu has the 5th highest levels of child poverty in the country and is the second most deprived district in the province.
Close to 3 million children in KZN receive the CSG (2,788,600) in 2017. In 2017, 92,060 children received the FCG (down from 142,114 in 2012). In 2017, 39,871 children received the CDG. KZN has highest number of CSG beneficiaries and the 2nd highest number of FCG beneficiaries after the Eastern Cape. The number has dropped because foster orders have lapsed because of the strain on the system and a failure to renew foster orders.

KZN has the largest number of children accessing the CDG
20 % of children (806,000) in the province live in households where there is reported child hunger (in 2015).
Most children in the province and Ugu live in fractured / disrupted families. Large numbers of children are orphaned, living without parents, living with aged caregivers or in child headed households.

KZN has the 2nd highest proportion of children who do not live with both parents and the highest proportion of children without routine paternal presence and care. Only ¼ (25%) of children in KZN live with both parents. Nearly half (45%) live only with their mothers (absent fathers) and 26% live with neither parent. There are 4000 child headed households.
KZN also has the highest proportion and number of orphans – double, maternal and paternal. In 2015, there were 170 000 double orphans in KZN, 159 000 maternal orphans, and 565 000 paternal orphans.

An estimated one third of mothers experience pre- and/or post-natal depression. Maternal depression is often not identified and has an adverse impact on children’s growth, health and development.

Children and their caregivers and families in KZN (and particularly the Ugu district) are exposed to factors that, in combination, undermine their rights to survive, be protected, and develop to their full potential. The multiple and specific combination of deprivations serve as poverty traps and fuel the inter-generational cycle of poverty and poor development – and as such undermine the achievement of development goals of the province and the country.

Communities are still reeling from the impact of HIV, poverty and a basket of social ills resulting in the break-up of family units. However, with the increased uptake of ARV treatment, there is renewed hope that family units will remain intact. There are still huge societal challenges to address in South Africa, in the Ugu District and other African countries.

It is Give a Child a Family’s desire to make a positive contribution towards solving some of the challenges over the coming years. Challenges that impact children and families are our primary concern. This has been so since our birth twenty-five years ago and for the journey ahead.

This envisaged expansion into the community is aligned with the South African government’s strategy of taking services to communities.

As we forge forward, our passion continues to burn high and our programmes will focus increasingly on building the parenting and socio-economic capacity of families, partnering with social work professionals and providing training and support – to achieve a strong child protection society and to fulfil our vision of children in secure families, because it’s where they belong!

Approach

Advocacy

Networking

Dialogues

Conferences

Innovative programmes and approaches

Preventative and Early Intervention programmes

Workshops and Training

Raising awareness

Impact

  • In 2017 only - over 600,000 children reached...

    through one programme – Social Justice training of 161 adults.

  • Impact of children and adults is difficult to measure...

    but must be hundreds of thousands.

  • Impact thousands of children and adults...

    with Protective Behaviour training and workshops in schools, crèches, clinics, etc.

  • Impact hundreds of parents...

    with Parenting Skills, Coping with Death and Trauma, and Healthy Living training and ongoing support groups.

  • Impact hundreds of Social Workers...

    with quarterly Social Work forums and training.

  • Impact organisations and government departments...

    with Capacity Building, workshops and training, not only in South Africa, but other African countries as well.