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Paying tribute to our ‘greatest treasure’

Paying tribute to our ‘greatest treasure’

One of Nelson Mandela’s most pertinent quotes was: “Our children are our greatest treasure. They are our future. Those who abuse them tear at the fabric of our society and weaken our nation.”

“This year’s Child Protection Week was supported by many events throughout the country, the main theme of the events was to highlight the sexual abuse of children in our communities.” says Lt. Sindi Nkosi. Our officers spent a week visiting community centres, local parks, schools and shopping malls distributing leaflets to highlight the need to protect children of all ages from sexual abuse. Children were given boxes with snacks, crayons and colouring in activities that highlighted messages about abuse and provided the 24-hour hotline number for reporting any such incidents – 0800 RESCU (73728).

The strong theme was ‘protecting me, protecting you’ – a theme that was shared by The Salvation Army teams and our partners the Teddy Bear Clinic and the South African Police Services. At a service at The Salvation Army’s headquarters in Braamfontein, Sergeant Lucky Mabizela of the SAPS FCS (Family Care Services) unit emphasised the importance of awareness campaigns about child sexual abuse. He explained it could take up to three years to finalise a case against a sexual abuser. This is because children are so traumatised by the abuse that they require extensive therapy, before they are able to testify in a court without suffering from secondary trauma. Sadly, there is also often insufficient evidence to secure a conviction in court.

When a child reports sexual abuse by someone in the family or who is close to the family, the immediate priority is to remove the child from that situation. He added that the SAPS rely on organisations like The Salvation Army to assist them in placing children in safe care.

Colouring in activities, ‘protecting me, protecting you’ leaflet and crayons are a few of the contents in the packs given to the kids during Child Protection Week.
Love comes in warm knits

Love comes in warm knits

Exquisite hand-knitted jerseys and beanies presented to the Ethembeni Children’s Home, were so special one felt they could have been inspired by top fashion couturiers.  They were lovingly made by the ‘knitting’ ladies at Riverside Manor Retirement Estate and the Bryanston Sports Club Bowls Section, says Major Bongi Zulu administrator at Ethembeni. This has been… Continue Reading

Vicious floods destroy much of KZN

Vicious floods destroy much of KZN

In April and May this year, deep in the night, the heavens opened up and unleashed the most vicious storms in KwaZulu-Natal, storms that not only ravished homes, washed away infrastructure, and worst of all took lives. Awakening to this massively destructive noise made the shock of the event even more devastating. Rushing floodwaters not… Continue Reading

A father-figure in spirit

A father-figure in spirit

Last year Lindiwe Ngcobo* matriculated with three distinctions, thrilling “Daddy” Owen, formally known as Lt. Owen Mutize. After quite a short time at Carl Sithole he endeared himself so much to the kids, so desperate for a family, that they started referring to him as Daddy. This is how “our children” think of Salvation Army… Continue Reading

The art of handling success

The art of handling success

Elizabeth* came to Joseph Baynes Children’s home in Pietermaritzburg as an orphan of just two years old. A happy and cheery child, she always excelled at school and it was no surprise when she passed matric last year with a university entrance. She is now at Pretoria University doing a three-year degree in Creative Arts.… Continue Reading

Kids face terror-loaded transition

Kids face terror-loaded transition

There’s a saying that’s attributed to some long-ago movie star “Old age is not for sissies!” Yet, in this day and age the challenges that face the young, who’ve come through massively disadvantaged backgrounds, are terror-filled. Nobody understands these more than The Salvation Army who have nurtured many such young people throughout their lives. Our… Continue Reading

Hope for the future

Hope for the future

Passionate and enthusiastic, Lt. Owen believes everyone is born with hope and a need to make a difference, sadly this hope is too often crippled in life by lack of opportunity. The Salvation Army has an excellent reputation for giving our children the kind of caring and attention that makes them excel. Of course, this… Continue Reading

The Reporter – Spring 2021

The Reporter – Spring 2021

The heartbeat of 80/156 broken hearts, now joined in a joyous reach for a good life, creates a symphony that vibrates through the Carl Sithole Centre in Klipspruit, Soweto. It was named after this Major of The Salvation Army who devoted his life to bettering the lives of young people and so help them rise… Continue Reading

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