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Tuesday, 25 June 2019 11:17
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Kungwini Welfare Organisation’s Child and Youth Care Centre in Zwavelpoort closed down due to financial constraints. This centre for children with special needs was launched in 2010 by the Department of Social Development (DSD) in cooperation with Kungwini Welfare Organisation (KWO).
The project ran successfully over nearly a decade, making a change in the children’s lives.

“As with all projects in the welfare sector, finances are a challenge,” said a spokesperson for KWO.  “It being a Child and Youth Care Centre it produced various additional expenses, such as extra mural activities, individually developed advancement programs for each child and new clothing every season.”

According to KWO the subsidy received from DSD just did not cover all the expenses and with limited additional willing sources of income, it became increasingly challenging to keep the doors open. This caused the KWO’s executive committee to take the decision to inform DSD that they will no longer be able to proceed with this project.

The Child and Youth Care Centre when it celebrated its fifth birthday

“Children are very important to us and we did thorough planning for the placement of these children,” said the spokesperson. Where possible, the children are reunited with their families and the others are placed in facilities equipped to deal with them. A handful of children that are of age has been placed in Paul Jungnickel Home for adults with disabilities. 

“We were very privileged to be part of this amazing project and the children will always be in our hearts. It is emotionally no easy task to close a children’s home and many staff members cried when they heard the news.”

The new plans for the building that housed the Child and Youth Care Centre is to use it for people with disabilities that are older than 60 years. “We will be able to house 22 residents when the application is approved by the Department of Health,” said the spokesperson. “The oldest person staying at Paul Jungnickel Home is 80 years old and it will give older people more privacy being separate from our younger residents.”

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