CHILD & Youth Development Programmes

To support orphans and vulnerable children in rural communities, the Ndlovu Care Group has launched the Child & Youth Development Programme. Needy children are identified and visited. They take care of the children’s well-being, which does not only include health, social and emotional well-being. The economic and living conditions are also taken into account and improved, with an emphasis on future development and employability.

Ndlovu Nutritional Units

Prevent and treat malnutrition of children and improve their nutritional situation through education of the mother/caregiver and change in the home situation.

Child Headed Households

Ensure basic needs such as clean water, food, shelter, health care and safety for orphaned and vulnerable Children. Ensure that the Child Headed Households are assisted with social skills to manage their extreme severe conditions of growing up without parental guidance of family assisted support.

Community Disability and Rehabilitation Programme

Provide basic rehabilitation services to the disabled children in our community with the involvement of the parents and their family. It is the aim to take the rehabilitation programmes into the household, improve the households to the needs of the disabled child and destigmatise the Community for a better acceptance of the family.

Schools &
Pre-Schools

The Ndlovu Pre-Schools apply the government approved Early Childhood Development approach, which is an innovative and inspiring approach to early childhood education.

Chill Hubs

The Ndlovu Chill Hubs were established to be created a conducive environment for children & youth to come and visit, relax, read a book, watch a video, make home work, become computer-literate and have access to social services. A save heaven for children in an environment of poverty.

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We believe that effective interventions can break the cycle of poverty but because we are not funded by the government, we solely depend on donations to continue serving the communities of Sekhukhune District. 

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Ndlovu Nutritional Units

The first thousand days in the life of a child are the most important days of their life. Malnourishment and the lack of minerals and vitamins are the root cause of neuro-developmental disadvantages. During childhood, under-nutrition causes children to have less energy and less interest in learning, which negatively influences cognitive development and academic performance. Under-nutrition will also affect physical growth and maturation, thus affecting growth rate, body weight and ultimately height. Malnutrition is often the cause of acute health problems, especially in children. In the Ndlovu Nutritional Unit, affected children are thoroughly examined and nourished until they have reached their normal weight. At the same time, the parents are taught by trained advisers how to prevent malnutrition of their children and improve the nutritional situation in the family. They learn how to create a vegetable garden and how to cultivate it. They are also taught all different kind of life skills through which they can improve in their daily existence.

Child Headed Households

In South Africa 3.7 million children are labelled as “Orphaned and Vulnerable Children” of which 150 000 live in “Child Headed Households”. The care of these children is an important focus of the work. The main priority is to ensure basic needs such as food, shelter, health, care and safety. When no relatives can be found, and family support van be established, these children are taken in our programme and housing will be provided. Existing houses of the family will also be renovated and made secure in order to guarantee basic safety and security. The shelters have secure windows and lockable doors. They stand on a fenced area. The houses give the children protection, security and an official residence — the basic requirements for everything else. These children continue to receive Ndlovu Social Work Services including assistance to secure official identity documents (many children lost parents before acquiring their IDs), access social grants, which in most cases is the only source of income for the household. While the children and youth are still in the Ndlovu Child Care Programme they are encouraged to take part in our Sports Programme, Drama ARTS & Culture Programme and, of course, our Ndlovu Youth Choir. Most of these children have matured, found jobs, etc and are now documented citizens of SA with a future perspective.

Community Disability and Rehabilitation Program

Care for the Disabled has a prominent place in the Ndlovu Child Care & Youth Development Programme. Mentally and/or physically handicapped children are often not integrated into society, often they do not receive adequate medical care, and the vulnerability of these children is enormous. Studies show that poverty, lack of access to nutritious food, exposure to environmental factors and pathogens, and social and other risks affect the quality of life of the disabled. Parental education how to handle a disabled child in the family is often not available. Households are often not able to afford the adaptations needed for the disabled child. Social and community stigma are so cruel that the disabled child is often hidden in a shack behind the main house. The nature of the abuse experienced by disabled children is often related to the nature of their disabilities: mentally and physically disabled children are at an increased risk of sexual abuse whilst those with learning disabilities are especially vulnerable to neglect and bullying. The result is a lifelong dependency on family care. 

The Jorishouse is a Community Rehabilitation Centre for Disabled Children whereby the disabled child and their caretaker are invited to participate. The child will undergo a thorough rehabilitation programme under the supervision of an Occupational Therapist, the mother/caretaker will be educated to perform and continue these tasks in the home setting. The household will be investigated and adaptations will be made to facilitate the care of the disabled child and the community will be approached to undergo a learning and awareness process how to accept and support a family in its community looking after a disabled child. Day Care Ceday care centre dedicated entirely to these people. The support is based on the Conductive Education System, where the children as well as the parents are trained. They are shown how to deal with the respective disability and how the children can be supported. It is a day programme. The children are not taken from their families. Three days a week the program is in the house, three days the employees go home to the families, look at the life situations on site and give practical, individual help on how the everyday life can be mastered more handicapped accessible.

Schools & Pre-Schools

The Ndlovu Pre-Schools apply the government approved Early Childhood Development approach, which is an innovative and inspiring approach to early childhood education. Children who do not attend school are encouraged to enrol and it is also ensured that the school fees can be raised and the school uniform bought. School drop-outs are convinced that they should return to school. 

To support the children, the Ndlovu Care Group arranges leisure activities and homework supervision for these children to improve their life skills, resilience and educational opportunities. The children are also distracted from their difficult lives by play and sport. Social integration, conversation, school incentives and support are also part of the programme. All orphans and needy children of school age from 1st to 12th grade are supported.

Chill Hubs

The Ndlovu Chill Hubs were established to be the natural follow-up centre for school-going children and youth to attend. The Chill Hubs is governed by a Social Worker assisted by Community Skills Facilitators who guide and teach the children on computer training, after school tutoring, IT training, a library service, as well as advices for problems around sexual and reproductive health, drug and alcohol abuse, domestic violence etcetera. In essence the Chill Hubs offer a safe space to spend afternoons and school breaks.

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