Changing Lives in South Africa

At any one time we work with up to ten community based partners in South Africa. Our focus for direct support is Ekurhuleni Municipality in Gauteng Province in South Africa. Ekurhuleni has the second larges township in the region - 400,000 people - who experience the most acute impacts of poverty and HIV/AIDS, but without the level of support attracted by better known areas in the region. With our support in 2019 we achieved the following with our community partners in Ekurhuleni:

# 2,000+ vulnerable children received daily support
# 13 local community led organisations supported
# 17 teachers, Child & Youth Care Workers and Auxiliary Social Workers supported
# 8 Youth Committees established
# 11 youth led campaign films
# 360,000 daily meals were provided
 
Find out more about our achievements in our Annual Review 2020. All of this support has been provided in partnership with the following community based organisations:

KATHA Day Care

KATHA Day Care is based in Katlehong, part of a large township to the South East of Johannesburg. KATHA provide support to children of all ages. We have been working closely with them on the development of their Safe Park services and moving towards full statutory alignment of their facility since 2019. Their Youth Committee is very active and have made two campaign films, to be released in Spring 2020.

Nigel Community Care Centre

Nigel Community Care Centre is based Duduza, part of the sprawling townships of Ekurhuleni close to Nigel and Springs. They provide support to children of all ages and we have been working closely with them on the development of their Youth Committee and Safe Park services since 2019. Take a look at the brilliant campaign film made by the youth at Nigel, more to be released in 2020!

Amablesser (2019)

Rearabilwe Ekurhuleni Community Care

We have worked with Rearabilwe Ekurhuleni Community Care Centre since 2019 in two seperate Safe Park centres that they have established in Daveyton and Tsakane. Daveyton is close to the town of Benoni whereas Tsakane is close to Nigel. Rearabilwe is a South Sotho word which means "We have been answered". We re supporting both Safe Parks to develop their services to meet statutory standards, so that they can qualify for state support in the future, as well help them establish Youth Committees. Take a look at the remarkable films made by the youth in Daveyton - more to be released in 2020!

Malume uya Lumana (Tsakane - 2019)

Reiger Park Community Crisis Centre

The Community Crisis Centre is based in Reiger Park connected to the township of Boksburg, part of the sprawling townships of Ekurhuleni. We have been working with them since 2019 to help them build their organisational capacity as well as their service standards to help qualify for sustainable statutory support. We have also helped them to establish a Youth Committee who have been working on their community and peer campaign films for the last year - to be released in 2020!

Historical partnership work:

The Bishop Simeon Trust has been supporting local community based organisations in South Africa for 30 years. Below are details of some of those local partners that we have previously worked with over that time.

Tecford - Enablement Centre for the Disabled

The Bishop Simeon Trust worked with Tecford for many years. This is a project in the township of Jouberton, where the Tecford Enablement centre works with disabled adults to provide training, employment, social and sporting opportunities to those with physical and learning disablilities.

Imbiza Safe Park

Imbiza is a small community initiative in a poor settlement on the outskirts of a former gold mining town called Orkney in North West Province. Imbiza was started in 1998 by a group of unemployed women who saw the huge neglect within the community and felt compelled to make a change however big or small. Imbiza now runs as a small but thriving Safe Park. The Bishop Simeon Trust worked with Imbiza to help them develop their Safe Park and Early Childhood Development Centre. Through the partnership with the Bishop Simeon Trust Imbiza grew significantly. Imbiza now receives investment from other organisations along with some state funding, providing a safe, caring environment for children living in this desperately poor community where they not only receive high quality support, but also an essential meal a day and psychosocial care.

Bambanani Centre

Bambanani was founded in 2002 in Dukathole, most of which is an informal settlement by Germiston to the East of Johannesburg.Initially Bambanani provided home based care for those living with HIV, but later started providing support to vulnerable children whose lifes had been impacted by the HIV epidemic. Bambanani now supports 50 children each day who receive early age education support and one nutritious meal each day. With support from the Bishop Simeon Trust and one generous family of our supporters in the UK Bambanani was able to identify a new larger area of land which could accomodate all their work and provide a much bigger playground for the children and activities. The staff at Bambanani also care for elderly residents in the community by cooking and delivering food to their homes once a week. We also supported Bambanani to develop a Safe Park programme to provide extended support to older children in Dukathole.

Bad Boyz (2019)

Bonisiwe Safe Park

Bonisiwe Safe Park has been a place of hope for the relatively remote community in Magagula Heights, close to Katlehong township, since 2007. Established by Patricia, Bonisiwe consists of a Safe Park which provides support to vulnerable children, as well as home based caring services for those living with HIV/AIDS. The Safe Park takes care of over 260 children and their families, providing counselling, referrals to social workers, health clinics and a healthy meal each day. Bonisiwe Safe Park has established a vegetable garden that helps them to provide meals to those in need. Bonisiwe takes care of children up to the age of 18. We worked with them to develop a Youth Committee to help with the development of their Safe Park, provide peer support and to develop future leaders in the community. The Youth Committee helped to secure land for the development of an improved Safe Park facility.

Human Trafficking (2019)
Discrimination: Nqobile's Story (2017)
Sexual Abuse (2017)
Xenophobia (2017)
An interview with Kanyisile (2017)

Daggafontein Repheleng Safe Park

Daggafontein Repheleng Safe Park is a sister organisation to KwaThema Repheleng Safe Park. Based in the neighbouring community of Daggafontein where the majority of people live in an informal settlement, part of the community which host the most acute of social, economic and child protection issues in South Africa. They provide support to 68 children each day and like KwaThema Repheleng have the ambition to develop their own secure and safe facility for their Safe Park and Early Childhood Development centre. We supported them to provide counselling, support and one meal a day to the children they assist, as well as develop to the national standards which apply to their services.

Good Hope Centre

The Good Hope Centre serves the community in another informal settlement in Germiston, neighbouring the work of Bambanani in Dukathole. They have been established since 2008, with an initial focus on provision of support to younger vulnerable children aged 2 to 6 years old through an Early Childhood Development centre. They support over 60 children each day, with pre-primary education, social development support, health referrals and one meal a day. We helped Good Hope to explore to develop their service to reach older children and young people in their community.

KwaThema Repheleng Safe Park

KwaThema Repheleng Safe Park was established by Dudu in KwaThema in 2005. It all started when Dudu felt the need to buy groceries for children who were in need in her community. Dudu found out that most of the children had problems in their homes and took it upon herself to take care of 20 children at the time. Today KwaThema Repheleng Safe Park provides support to over 80 children each day, providing counselling, homework support, a safe space before and after school, social worker referral support and a daily meal. We helped them to develop a Youth Committee to support their outreach work to children and identify permanent premises for their services. 

Interview with Dudu, Project Manager at KwaThema Repheleng (2017)

Leth'ithemba

Leth'ithemba was founded in 2006 by a group of local community members in Vosloorus township, near to Alberton to the South East of Johannesburg. They had recognised the impact of HIV/AIDS on families and the need to provide care to those living with infection and their children. Today Leth'themba has an Early Childhood Development Centre that provides support to over 70 children aged 2-6 years old and a Safe Park which supports 45 young people from 7-18 years old. We worked with them to develop a Youth Committee to develop leadership and confidence, but also assure that young people have a voice in their communities. Our very kind Patron, Sir Michael Parkinson CBE, personally supported Leth'ithemba for many years. The literal translation of Leth'ithemba is 'to give hope. Follow the links below to find out more from the staff and children at Leth'ithemba themselves:

Phendulani's Story - Full Film (2017)
Trailer: Phendulani's Story (2017)
An Interview with Lorraine Koape, Safe Park Coordinator at Leth'ithemba (2017)
Mike tells you what Leth'ithemba means to him (2017)
Anita's letter to the President of South Africa (2017)
An interview with Fezeka (2017)

Tholakele Centre of Hope

Tholakele Centre of Hope provides support to vulnerable children in Springs. Tholakele is led by Tilly, who manages Safe Park support to at least 50 children each day, assuring that they receive counselling support, referrals to clinics and social workers where needed. We worked with Tholakele to develop a Youth Committee to support services within the Safe Park, as well as build leadership and youth led advocacy in their community.

Tshepo Hope

Based in the centre of Tsakane, to the South of Springs, Tshepo Hope has a Safe Park and an Early Childhood Development (ECD) centre. The team at Tshepo Hope provide care and support to over 400 children each day. The ECD takes care of 50 children from the early morning until the late afternoon, they also receive pre-primary school education. The Safe Park operates in afternoon. Children between the ages of 6 years to 18 years receive a meal after school as well as homework assistance from CCA’s. They also do extramural activities that consist of acting, dancing and singing. We are worked with them to develop a Youth Committee within the Safe Park to help provide opportunities for leadership development and youth advocacy in their community.

Crime Doesn't Pay (2016)
Naniki's Story (2016)
Time Wasted can be Regained (2016)
Mamello le Paballo (2016)
Heaven Hugged Me (2016)
Ukuhamba Ukubona - To Walk is to See (2016)

Tshilisanani Safe Park

Tshilisanani Safe Park is based in Daveyton, close to Benoni, an area where 30% of the population live in informal settlements. Tshilisanani Safe Park is led by Esther, who works with her team to provide daily support, counselling, homework clubs and meals to around 50 children. Their focus is on assuring that there are circles of care and protection around children, from their families, to the community based support from Tshilisanani and then reaching out to those services provided by the State. We worked with Tshilisanani to help them to develop a Youth Committee to help drive forward their work towards national standards. 

Uthando Care Centre

Uthando Care Centre provides support in Tsakane, to a part of the community neighbouring that area supported by Tshepo Hope. Uthando is led by Catherine and her team who provide support, counselling, advice and homework club assistance to close to 150 children each day. We helped them to develop a Youth Committee, improve their facilities, identify land for the esablishment of a permanent facility and helped drive forward their work towards national standards.

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