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Tuesday, 28 March 2017 11:32
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Funds raised by the upcoming Protea Cullifest will go towards Help-Net Fund’s SafeHouse project. Help-Net is a non-profit organization that focuses on the care and rehabilitation of abused, neglected and abandoned children in our communities.

When a case of abuse comes to light, social structures, the Child Protection Unit and the Child Court remove children from their destructive living conditions and place them in a place of safety for an interim period, while the juvenile court decides about the child’s future residential allocation. The transitional periods can last from a couple of months to longer than a year.

There is a greater demand for places of safety than can be met, which means that the living conditions in some of these short-term homes aren’t any better than the child’s original home. Help-Net’s SafeHouse, with its team of principle care workers and house parents, provides hope for children in this position.

The aim is to introduce these children to a normal domestic routine which includes going to school, doing homework, taking part in extra-curricular activities and socializing with fellow house members.

Funds are allocated to basic needs, such as food, clothing and school fees, but also for professional psychological and social counselling, which continues even after the child’s departure to a permanent residence. Financial support is also given for chronic medication, physical rehabilitation and special schooling.

For more information, phone chairman Jaco Meintjies at 081-320-8924 or 012-807-2700.

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