VUYANI SAFE HAVEN  Eastern Cape

 

Vuyani Safe Haven is situated in the Eastern Cape and was established to care for street children and abused and abandoned children.  Martin Barnard visited them in August 2004 and found that they were in need of assistance and the children were desperate for love and attention. Chubby Chums has spent time with the founders and initiated programs for them.  They have proudly introduced gumboot dancing for tourists, have started a bead project where the residents make and sell jewelry items with the money being fed back into the home.  Chubby Chums is working very closely with Vuyani, telephonically and via email, and they are progressing extremely well.  Future plans are to open a hospice unit and a baby sanctuary.  Chubby Chums send products, clothing, etc. whenever possible and are continually working with Government on possible improvements for the home.

   

The Provincial Department of Social Development has given the home an old school.  The home has opened a Satellite Division for Vuyani Safe Haven 2, for street children, abandoned children, orphans and abused children. The home has 1300 street children in a Satellite Division. The soup kitchen was expanded. The home has now managed to get a Social Worker on the premises; and has sent the staff for early child development skills, to help the children with their problems. They get counseling on a day-to-day basis in a homely environment.

 

 We have built a loving relationship with Moira and staff, and regularly receive letters from the children who are longing to see Martin and begging him to come and visit again. We are getting permanent funding from all Departments to assist them.  

 

A further development is that Government is working towards foster Cluster homes for the children. The aim is to veer from institutionalization that means a maximum of six children are placed with one foster mother who will rear them as her own in a family orientated environment.  Food parcels are distributed to needy children three times a week.

 

VUYANI SAFE HAVEN  Eastern Cape

                                                                                                             

Vuyani Safe Haven is situated in the Eastern Cape and was established to care for street children and abused and abandoned children.  Martin Barnard visited them in August 2004 and found that they were in need of assistance and the children were desperate for love and attention. Chubby Chums has spent time with the founders and initiated programs for them.  They have proudly introduced gumboot dancing for tourists, have started a bead project where the residents make and sell jewelry items with the money being fed back into the home.  Chubby Chums is working very closely with Vuyani, telephonically and via email, and they are progressing extremely well.  Future plans are to open a hospice unit and a baby sanctuary.  Chubby Chums send products, clothing, etc. whenever possible and are continually working with Government on possible improvements for the home.

 

 

The home was originally registered to look after street children but due to the new children’s act everything has changed dramatically, all places must now be registered as child and youth care centre and have just done so in June 2014.

                                                                                                        

We are now in the process of registering the second for our special needs and older children to be placed in permanent care this is what we call foster cluster care.  Our founder Director has visited the home some time ago, but has been dealing with social development in Gauteng to get them properly registered.

 

Over the past years Vuyani Youth care centre has expanded dramatically, we would like to do a day care centre which will assist with the occupational therapy to reach out to their full potential in the children who are in the need of care.

 

We are now in the process of training our Youth care workers in the CYCC, as this is also one of the job opportunities for us to register our child and Youth care workers.

 

The department of social development has been involved in all the process of the CYCC; we have the clinic bus visiting our CYCC on the regular basis to render the services to the children in need of care.

                                                                                                          

We have also a ECD linked to our CYCC as we aim to provide the best possible programs for our children under the age of 5, the child and youth care workers are being trained to provide social economic development.

                                                                                                           

They also have a project were they make jewellery items and are participating in gumboot dancing.

 

We are also running life skills programs where we hope to encourage the children to take responsibility for their lives and their future.  We are also running a re-unification program where we aim to impact value of their biological family and to assist them in the transformation period.

 

Our founder Director is always communicating with the home through emails and telephone calls. we have just handed over our business plans specifications for 2015/2016.

                                                                                                           

We are also in the process of multi-disciplinary team of professionals, when we look back at our history of the home and how the home has develop over the years, we are proud to be at this stage, the children are still writing thank you letters to out Founder Director by thanking him for his involvement in the organization as they look up to us for strength and motivation.

 

Government cannot eliminate the scourge on its own and a multi-sector response is required to address and end child abuse, neglect

 

To give effect to the Republic’s obligations concerning the trafficking of persons in terms of international agreements; to provide for an offence of trafficking in persons and other offences associated with trafficking in persons; to provide for penalties that may be imposed in respect of the offences; to provide for measures to protect and assist victims of trafficking in persons; to provide for the coordinated implementation, application and administration of this Act; to prevent and combat the trafficking in persons within or across the borders of the Republic; and to provide for matters connected therewith.

PREAMBLE

RECOGNISING that the search for improved socio-economic circumstances and the demand for the services of victims of trafficking contribute to making persons vulnerable to becoming victims of trafficking;

CONCERNED by the increase of trafficking in persons, especially women and children, and the role played by organised criminal networks in the trafficking of persons globally;

SINCE the South African common law and statutory law do not deal with the problem of trafficking in persons adequately;

AND SINCE the Bill of Rights in the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa, 1996, enshrines the right to human dignity, equality, the right to freedom and security of the person, which includes the right not to be deprived of freedom arbitrarily or without just cause, and not to be treated in a cruel, inhuman or degrading way, the right not to be subjected to slavery, servitude or forced labour, and the right of children to be protected from maltreatment, neglect, abuse or degradation; and

MINDFUL of the United Nations Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons, especially Women and Children, Supplementing the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organised Crime, 2000, and other international agreements which place obligations on the Republic of South Africa towards the combating and ultimately, the eradication of trafficking in persons,

Parliament of the Republic of South Africa therefore enacts as follows:—