Parenting programmes

When Kevin and I trained two classrooms with 44 people from Soshanguve and New Eersterus on 16 April 2015, I knew this was a God given dream come true.
We often present the Botswadi parenting training. But for the last 3 years I had this growing conviction that it is not enough. Many people get trained and never use it. Maybe they are scared or always have to answer to other priorities rather than hosting parenting groups. My thinking was that regular mentorship sessions for trained group leaders could make the difference. It would motivate them to start group work and also relieve their fears of not knowing answers to difficult questions.
It was part of my planning to pilot such a parenting programme in Soshanguve last year. But… I also faced other priorities.
That was when the Department of Social Development in Gauteng stepped in and asked us to send in a proposal for a parenting programme in Soshanguve, New Eersterus and Diepsloot. We became their service providers, training DSD Officials and community members as group leaders in our well established parenting course.
The group leaders have to find group members and present weekly sessions while we meet them for three mentorship sessions. In July we will train them in our newly developed UBABA UNATHi (Daddy with us) father involvement course and follow the same pattern. We will end with a Spring Day workshop, celebrating, giving out certificates and sharing more valuable information.
It took hard work to get to 16 April. But 44 information hungry people sucked in all they could get. They beamed: “Now we can go and make a difference!” “This will mean so much to our people.” Some WhatsApped me: “Parents say they can now connect with their children.” Patrick said: “We have three sessions a week. The children must see we stand together. We even made ourselves Botswadi T-shirts.” Caroline and Elizabeth said: “There are too many parents who need this. Can I have 2 groups?” Denis aims at hosting three groups.
Ignoring this dream would have meant leaving 44 people plus 10 group members each, plus their families in darkness, not knowing how to get to the light. Now they can see…
Erna Rheeder

SAVF doen ‘n beroep op die regering om maatskaplikewerker salarisse aan te pas.

SAVF LOGO SAVFhet die Wes-Kaapse Departement van Maatskaplike Ontwikkeling se
aankondiging verwelkom, dat die Departement maatskaplike werkers wat in diens is van nie  Nie-winsgewende organisasies (NWO’s), se salarisse met 40% gaan aanpas.

“Ons hoop dat ander provinsies spoedig hierdie voorbeeld sal volg en die teenstydigheid in die vergoeding van departementele maatskaplikewerkers en NWO maatskaplikewerkers sal regstel”, volgens Marieta Kemp, SAVF Direkteur: Maatskaplike Dienste.

“Dit is noodsaaklik dat die aanpassings so spoedig moontlik gedoen word regoor Suid-Afrika.  Die meeste NWO’s gaan gebuk onder erge finansiële druk; verskeie het geen keuse as om deure te sluit nie, terwyl ander gedwing word om dienslewering in te perk.”

ʼn Salarisaanpassing sal NWO’s se hoë personeelomset beperk en meer fondse sal ook na dienslewering gekanaliseer kan word. “NWO’s verloor gereeld ervare maatskaplikewerkers wat teen ʼn hoër betaling by die Departement gaan werk. Dit beïnvloed die kontinuïteit van ons dienslewering. Daarmee saam, is maatskaplike werk gegrond in die verhouding tussen die maatskaplike werker en die kind, familie of bejaarde wat behoeftig is. Om ʼn goeie verhouding op te bou neem tyd. Wanneer daar ʼn hoë personeelomset is, of die deure van ʼn NWO gesluit word, is dit die weerloses individu of gemeenskap wat aan die kortste end trek”, sê Kemp.

Verder gebruik NWO’s dikwels eie fondse om self salarisaanpassings te maak.  Hierdie fondse moet eerder spandeer word op dienste wat namens die Departement van Maatskaplike Ontwikkeling gelewer word.

SAVF, as een van die grootste NWO’s in Suid-Afrika, doen ʼn ernstige beroep op alle provinsiale Maatskaplike Ontwikkelingsdepartemente om die voorbeeld in Weskaap te volg deur salarisse aan te pas, voordat nog NWO’s deure moet sluit as gevolg van ʼn tekort aan fondse.

Going down – going up…

I come from a very comfortable, warm and loving family and home with outstanding parents and siblings – aged 36 and 17. I have been an extremely successful business lady for many years and even had my own business (personnel agency) at one time.

I ALWAYS STOOD TALL…

…UNTIL that day when my twin sister committed suicide. My Dad passed away and my wonderful Mom, battling to survive on an oxygen machine, was turning blind.

Everything was becoming too much for me and I tried to escape and forget all the heartache, sorrow and hardship … with alcohol.

During the course of your life an elevator will stop and you will get in. You have to choose which button to press … the top one or the bottom one. My finger accidentally slipped and I pressed the wrong button. I started leading a life in darkness and on bottom level with even more sorrow, worries and heartache and without faith – almost for a year.

It took some time for this elevator to STOP. The doors eventually opened… on the 1st floor. Glaring at the light I stepped out and I saw what looked like a shining star with hundreds of little sparkles shooting from it!

I asked the Lord to “pump me up” and give me courage to carry on and walk that extra mile. I listened to many suggestions and then decided to seek help at the so called shelter. I had my integrity and pride and wondered about staying at a shelter for homeless people. On arrival, I felt very sad, disgusted with myself and so confused… I asked the Lord to take my hand to enable me to ride this gravel road and regain my self-respect and turn my defeat into victory. I will be successful again!

Days and weeks passed and I realised this shelter was actually a home with so much care and concern and I received constant understanding, love and care from Mrs W Hansen, the social worker. This makes me feel like a woman of pride. She was always there for me when I needed answers or help when I was in doubt or in need.  Zelda and the most understanding Yvonne were also there to share light with me with much kindness and respect and they gave me strength.

At all times Mrs Hansen had so much patience with me during this bumpy road and through all my difficulties. She supported me in so many different ways as I kept on stepping forward and headed towards my new adventure.

Despite my wrongdoings, SAVF never gave up on me. They are constantly concerned about me and my wellbeing with so much love. There is an open heart and hand for all my needs. This gives me courage.

I’m feeling strong and proud of myself, but am reminded that I could stumble again. But I have not fallen again!

My deepest appreciation for so much unforgettable love from the SAVF management. They used all possible methods in my interest regardless… They have made me a WOMAN OF WORTH.  I STAND TALL ONCE AGAIN. I will never forget what SAVF has done for me. I will always love you.

I want to share my happiness and love with you and hope you will ride with on this journey as I pursue success. “Your love is a far better teacher than duty!”

SAVF Colour a Life. 2014.

For more information on this publication contact Marietjie at:  marketing@savf.co.za

Moenie swanger tieners verneder nie – verskaf eerder seksopvoeding

“Eerder as om swanger meisies na Robben Eiland te verban, moet die regering en ander rolspelers proaktief optree en aan ouers die nodige gereedskap verskaf om voldoende seks-opvoeding aan kinder te gee’, volgens Erna Rheeder, SAVF FAMNET koördineerder.

Dit volg nadat President Jacob Zuman, gister, in ʼn toespraak genoem het dat tiener-ma’s se babas van hulle weggeneem moet word, om eers weer herenig te word nadat die ma’s hulle skoolopleiding voltooi het.

Volgens Rheeder is daar baie faktore wat bydrae tot die tienerswangerskap situasie in Suid-Afrika. ‘Tienerswangerskap is kompleks.  Bydraende faktore is, onder andere, armoede en onvoldoende seks-opvoeding aan beide meisies en seuns.  Die stigma rondom tienerswangerskap vererger die situasie vir al die betrokke partye. President Zuma se uitsprake, wat swanger meisies verneder, doen bitter min om die hierdie tienersma’s te motiveer om hul skoolloopbaan te voltooi’.

Die Regering en ander rolspelers moet eerder daarop fokus om ouers toe te rus met die nodige gereedskap om bruikbare ouderdom toepaslike seks-inligting aan kinders oor te dra.  Navorsing wys dat ouers die primêre opvoeders is as dit kom by seksuele kwessies. ‘Wanneer ouers nie hierdie rol vervul nie, kry kinders seks-inligting van hulle vriende en die media, wat dikwels ʼn skewe voorstelling van die werklikheid is’.

Rheeder sê dat die SAVF met President Zuma saamstem dat dit nie grootouers se plig is om klein-kinders groot te maak nie, maar dat grootouers eerder ʼn ondersteunende rol moet speel in die lewens van beide die tiener – ma en pa. ‘Tiener-ouers moet toegelaat word om hul skoolopleiding te voltooi, maar moet terselfdertyd ouerskapsvaardighede ontvang om sodoende goeie ouers vir hul kinders te wees.  Goeie ouerskap behels dat daar ʼn sterk en gesonde band moet weet tussen ouer en kind. Sò ʼn band kan nie gevorm word as die ouer en kind geskei word nie. Groot-ouers en die gemeenskap is die ideale mentors vir jong ouers’, sê Rheeder.

Daar is goeie oueropleidingsprogramme beskikbaar regoor Suid-Afrika. “SAVF FAMNET verskaf basiese oueropleiding asook opleiding in vaderbetrokkenheid. Die Parent Centre in Kaapstad is ʼn uitblinker as dit kom by oueropleidingsprogramme.  Een deel van hierdie program fokus op die uitbreiding van tienerouer vaardighede.  Daar is dus geen tekort aan oueropleidingsprogramme in Suid-Afrika nie.  Die programme moet egter geïmplementeer word op alle vlakke, in ons skole en gemeenskappe’.

Hierdie vaardigheidsprogramme voorkom verskeie maatskaplike probleme, geweld en gesinsverbrokkeling. Dit maak gesinne sterker, soos in lyn met die Wit Skrif oor Gesinne, wat in 2014 vrygestel is.  Die subsidiëring van hierdie programme deur middel van Regeringstoelae moet ʼn prioriteit wees’, volgens Rheeder.

Kontak Erna Rheeder of SAVF FAMNET by   erheeder@savf.co.za vir meer inligting oor ouerleidingsprogramme.

REPLY ON SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT BUDGET 2015: SAVF

The 7.1% (7.1 billion) Social Development budget increase is a much-needed lifeline for the 16.4 million South African’s that won’t be able to survive without it. It is, however, not a sustainable solution to the poverty crisis in South Africa, according to Marieta Kemp, SAVF Director Social Services.

Every year more than 90% of the social development budget is allocated to the Grant System, while Non-profit organisations (NPO’s) receive less than 4%.

There is no instant poverty solution. High levels of inequality and a history of oppression create a complicated situation that wont’ be solved by grants alone. Therefore, Government need to shift its approach from Welfarism to service based development. NPO’s play an intricate part in service-based development, but is hindered by a lack of funding and cumbersome bureaucratic processes.

The State has withdrawn on many levels from social development services, leaving NPO’s to fill the gaps. It is impossible for NPO’s to fill these gaps without Government support. NPO’s play an important role in empowering those that utilise social grants with the objective that services rendered by NPO’s, will eventually reduce the dependency on grants and create independence. Increasing NPO funding will therefore create a sustainable solution to the growing demand for social grants.

SAVF is one of the largest NPO’s in South Africas. In the past year, SAVF has reached more than 1.8 million people through services rendered in the following fields: social development – including services to families, child – and youth care, as well as care for the aged and disabled.

SAVF develops program that assist new and upcoming ECD-Centres.

The first 7 years of a child’s life are the most important in terms of their development. It is during this time that it is imperative that not only are their needs met, but that they receive responsible and adequate developmental care. It is for this reason that the SAVF has developed its Early Childhood Development (ECD) Program, by names of “The SAVF ABC Programme for emerging ECD Centres’.

The program is focussed on new and upcoming ECD centres with the aim of helping centres to reach a standard suitable for registration at the National Department of Social Development. The program covers everything carers and teachers will need, with regards to child care and their developmental needs.

The program includes detailed and practical information with regard to admissions administration, examples of daily routines, educational programs, possible menu’s as well as the tools to compile a budget for the ECD centre. Ongoing facilitation and support is also offered to the ECD centres by the SAVF to assist in the compilation and implementation of the above requirements. The ECD program also aims to assist carers and teachers in the fulfilment of their duties as well as offering them ongoing support and training if and when needed.

In order to qualify for affiliation and assistance, the emerging organisation will have to adhere to the guidelines as set out by SAVF, which includes that the ECD centre hasve the support of the community, accepts the SAVF’s constitution and mission, as well as the completion of the SAVF’s application process at the cost of R30 per annum. Once affiliated, the ECD centre will receive ongoing support, guidance and information from the SAVF as stipulated in a specific annual agreement between SAVF and that organisation. The ECD centre will not, however, receive monetary assistance from the SAVF and remains an independent organisation. The focus is rather on the dissemination of knowledge that SAVF has gathered over many years in its involvement in early childcare development, while managing 33 ECD centres in 5 provinces.

For more information on the SAVF ABC Programme for Emerging ECD Centres, please contact Rozelle Bantjes, at SAVF Headoffice: 012 325 3920 x 2058 or services@savf.co.za

Nie-Winsgewende Organisasies en die begrotingstoespraak

Op die vooraand van die Minister van Finansies, Nhlanhla Nene, se 2015/2016 begrotingstoespraak, spreek  SAVF, in die hoedanigheid as ‘n Nie-winsgewende organisasie (NWO), die hoop uit dat die Begroting voorsiening sal maak vir verhoogde befondsing vir NWO’s gemoeid met maatskaplike ontwikkeling.

Volgens Marieta Kemp, SAVF Direkteur: Maatskaplike dienste word die maatskaplike ontwikkelingsbegroting hoofsaaklike op maatskaplike toelae spandeer, terwyl bitter min fondse na NWO’s gekannaliseer word. In die verlede, is meer as 90% van die begroting aan  maatskaplike toelae spandeer, terwyl NWO’s met minder as 4% oor die weg moes kom.

Die ongelyke toekenning van begrotingsfondse veroorsaak dat beide die Regering en NWO’s weerlose Suid-Afrikaners faal. Dit voorkom die daarstelling van ʼn gunstige omgewing waarin omvattende, geïntegreerde en volhoubare sosiale ontwikkelingsdienste gelewer kan word.

Die Staat het verder ook onttrek vanuit verskeie vlakke van maatskaplike dienslewering, met die veronderstelling dat NWO’s hierdie dienste moet lewer.  Dit is egter onmoontlik vir NWO’s om die funksies te verrig sonder die nodige befondsing. NWO’s speel ʼn belangrike rol in die bemagtiging van mense wat maatskaplike toelae ontvang. Maatskaplike ontwikkelingsdienste wat deur NWO’s gelewer word, fokus daarop om mense se afhanklikheid van toelae te verminder met die einddoel dat mense op ʼn selfstandige wyse ʼn lewe sal kan maak.  Die befondsing van NWO’s is dus ʼn volhoubare oplossing vir die toenemende aantal mense wat van maatskaplike toelae afhanklik is.

Increase in Overall Poverty is Alarming: SAVF replies on StatsSA Poverty Report

“Non-profit organisations (NPO’s)  and Government should work together to tackle the rising number of South Africans living in overall poverty”, according to Marieta Kemp, SAVF Director: Social Services. This follows after Stats SA released a report that show that more more than 27 million South Africans (25.8%) live in overall poverty. The report shows an increase of 6.2% in overall poverty levels in comparison with a similar national poverty line study conducted in 2000. South Africans living in overall poverty refer to those that survive on under R779 per month, as per Stats SA’s rebased upper bound poverty line (UBPL). While the report shows that the change in the poverty gap among the extremely poor increased with only 0.3%, the change in the overall poverty gap is disconcerting, Kemp said. “SAVF is of the opinion that the more than 16 million social grants contribute to the small increase in people living in extreme poverty. This is definitely a step in the right direction and show that social grants are crucial. The statistics on overall poverty, however, shows that grants does very little to aid the poor in escaping the deprivation trap’. A multi-pronged approach is needed to tackle the increasing number of South Africans that live in overall poverty. Non-profit organisations are crucial to this approach. “Established NPO’s play a vital part in the empowerment of the poor. These organisations reach vulnerable people at grass root level and create opportunities that counteract poverty”. There is, however, a growing concern among NPO’s that government is not creating a conducive environment in which these organisations can function. “The late payment of subsidies, unnecessary administrative burdens and finance policies that does not benefit the sector are factors that influence the relationship between NPO’s and Government negatively. This, in turn, contribute to the high overall poverty levels of South Africans’. About SAVF: SAVF rendered welfare and welfare related services to more than one million people during 2014. This includes services with regard to: child and youth care, statutory work, foster care and care in children’s homes, developmental programmes, job creation and life enhancement programmes, support to individuals and families in combating poverty and support to the aged and disabled persons. Marieta Kemp, SAVF: Director Social Services