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St George’s Home

The youth who come to us are initially, very angry and emotional young people. In their eyes, they have been rejected not only by their families, but by society too. For those who have lived on the streets, life has been nothing short of tough and challenging.

Many of our young people are unable to read, write or even speak English. They were never taught and were never given the support they needed. In some cases, they are unaware of basic life skills such as hygiene, communication and basic morals and values.

These young people are sent to us for various reasons. For some, their families have abandoned them and the child has resorted to living on the streets. For others, they have been abused and neglected by their families. This has resulted in them not being able to cope with the world around them. In other instances, the child has extreme learning difficulties and is unable to cope in mainstream schooling. These young people are referred to us by external social workers from either the Department of Social Development or other organisations.

All of the issues the youth in our care face boils down to the fact that their family and society has not given them the love and support that they are so desperately searching for. A child who has not been given love and support tends to act out in ways that may not make sense at the time. They do not understand why they have been treated the way they have and sometimes display behavioural challenges. An example of a behaviour challenge is a child who breaks windows or vandalises the property at the home such behaviours are an indication of their inability to cope with their daily lives.

St George’s Home is dedicated to helping our youth to reach their greatest potential with a strong emphasis on providing quality care and love so that they have an opportunity to experience a stable foundation to build a wholesome, healthy and independent life.

This includes providing the youth with an alternate form of education, namely the ABET (Adult Basic Education Training) Programme which focuses on meeting the special educational needs of individual young people who are unable to cope in mainstream education and who have fallen out of the system. ABET is offered to all young people five days a week for 4 hours per day. The ABET programme offers level one up to level four which focuses on 6 learning areas, Mathematics, Human and Social Science, Economic Management Science, Communication in English and Life Orientation. The ultimate aim of the ABET Programme is to ensure that when a young person completes ABET level 4, he/she is able to read and write competently thereby increasing their chances of entering the formal employment sector. Young people who manage to successfully complete the ABET programme can then apply to write the ABET matric exams if they so choose. The ultimate aim of this programme is to relieve the rate of illiteracy within the communities that we serve and to provide young people with ample opportunities to grow and develop into responsible and productive members of their families and communities.

Further to this, upon completion of the ABET level 4, each young person is offered further vocational training in a field of their choice. Examples of some of the vocational training undertaken by young people include; plumbing, electrical, call centre training, computer training, hairdressing, dressmaking, etc. The aim of the vocational training is to ensure that young people are empowered with a skill that can enable them to obtain employment. Upon completion of their training, the programme also aims to ensure that young people continue to have access to support and assistance even after they have managed to secure employment and have exited the programme. Mentorship is provided to ensure that young people have mastered the skills required to sustain independent living and address challenges through lawful means.

St Nicolas Home / St Joseph’s Home

The children at St Nicolas Home / St Joseph’s Home have come into our care as a result of extreme physical, sexual and / or emotional abuse or neglect.

Such cases are reported to a Social Worker from The Department of Social Development or Child Welfare, by a concerned family member, school teacher or member of the community.

The Social Worker is then required by the Children’s Court to conduct an investigation. The investigation has to be conducted within a 90-day period.

St Nicolas and St Joseph’s Home caters for children between the ages of 5 and 18 who have been abused, neglected and abandoned by their families or where foster care has broken down leaving children without adequate support and care.

The programme helps children discover their inner strengths, recognise their own potential and identify opportunities available to help them overcome life’s challenges. The programme also offers hope and encouragement so that they can take the next step in their lives. The home is dedicated to providing children with quality care and love and a homely environment. Here, the children’s physical, educational, emotional, health and social needs are met with.

During the time that the children are in our care, work is done with the parents or family of the child in order for the child to return home. Our social worker works closely with the family by conducting therapy sessions and workshops with them. These programmes help the family to be able to understand the child better as well as develop the skills to properly care for the child. The ultimate goal is to reunite the child with their family. In the case where the child cannot return home, a relevant foster family is found for the child.

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