Care and Support Orphans and Vulnerable Children (OVC) (Ages 6 to 18 years)
For the OVC Programme Tateni operates 10 Drop-in centres (After- school care centres) for over 400 OVC in Mamelodi. Eight of these are in Primary schools, one in a Secondary school and the tenth in a church that provide the following services for the children:
- Serving nutritious meals
- Help with schoolwork
- Educational Sport and Recreational activities
- Psychosocial Support Services both through and outside the Drop-in-centres.
- This includes the following activities for children and youngsters:
- Psychosocial and physical needs assesment
- Child and family counseling
- Referrals for social care and child support grants
- Parental support and guidance for child-headed households
- Educational and recreational outings
- Counseling and support groups
- Life skills guidance
- School subject choice and career guidance
- Access to further education, work coaching and job placement
- Extra classes for critical subjects like maths and science
- Computer literacy classes
Tateni manages to care and support its beneficiaries through donations and sponsorships. We have no income generating projects.
Tuesday and Wednesday (4 & 5th July) we visited the environmental centre in Mamelodi as a holiday program. The children learned how to treat the environmment in a sustainable way. They discussed terms like pollution, littering and recycling by playing different games.
Last Friday the 30th of June we celebrated the birthday of all children who have had their birthday during the last 3 months as usual in all our Drop-in Centres. Additionally it was the last day of school before holidays. The children ate a nice meal with a cake for dessert and got party packs before they went home.
Yesterday we had a visitor from GoGrow at our St. Francis Drop-in Centre. Everyone got their own pot and then our kind visitor explained how to plant and grow beetroot, spinach or lettuce. All the children could choose what they want to grow and then plant it themselves. In the end they took it home, with some extra seeds in their bags. In 3-4 weeks we will see what plant is the best and the winners will get prices! Thanks GoGrow for the efford and the donations!
Last week Tateni celebrated the Candlelight Memorial with children, teenagers and elderly with different events again. This has been a tradition in our organization as it is all over the world. Candles are lightened in rememberance of those who died of AIDS and in order to raise awareness about AIDS and HIV! Here some pictures: Also thanks to the African Methodist Episcopal Church for the kind donations!
On Monday Greenpeace Africa gave a recycling-workshop for our child-clients at the Saint Francis Anglican Church. The Greenpeace-team started with a play to raise the kids’ awareness of the importance of recycling. Afterwards Greenpeace provided paper and paint so that the children could draw some nice pictures of the nature. And last, but not least, Greenpeace gave every child a cap which they could take home. The children had a very fulfilled and informative day. Thanks!
After having an eye testing for all our children in the end of last year, we now had the same for the elderlys at the Tateni Office. Poor vision is often a reason for poor perfomance in school and very difficult to detect at an early stage by care givers, teachers or parents. We, as Tateni Community Care Services through our holistic approach to the children’s developmental wellbeing, have taken it opun ourselves to having professionals assisting us in having an eye test for all our beneficiaries.
On the first of December we had a Christmas party for all our young beneficiaries, 289 children from our Drop-In-Centres as well as the youth from the YOLO program. Every year this is one of the highlights for the kids. In the morning the buses fetched them from all over Mamelodi and brought them to the Moretele Park, a big park in Mamelodi. After the beneficiaries arrived they took over the jumping castles which they really enjoyed. Afterwards the real program began. The children rendered some activities that they had prepared over the last weeks. Some performed a dance, others a drama, song or speech. There were very different presentations. Pure Entertainment as well as very serious Dramas about challenges in their community. As the Christmas party took place on the World Aids day some of the dramas dealt with the issue of HIV prevention and HIV testing. So the day also rose special awareness of the children about aids. After the activities the kids got many different kinds of foot. For example, ice-cream, chicken, cake, not forgetting big party packs. Afterwards the kids where tired but very happy and the buses brought them back home safely. Thanks to City […]