SizaBantwana is committed to providing a bright and hopeful future to the children of our community. We currently have around 750 children, orphaned or made vulnerable as a result of HIV/Aids, that daily attend one of our care centres.
Located in Marite, Bushbuckridge – this project commenced in July 2008. It initial cared for 30 children, but the numbers of children has grown to 120 at end December 2010. The project functions from a double garage attached to a private home of one of the volunteer care givers. The facilities are very basic with cooking and storage of food situated all in one area. Minimal outside recreational equipment exist.
SizaBantwana is the implementing partner of a child & youth care programme called ISIBINDI for the National Association of Child Care Workers. This programme comprises a group of 13 child & youth care workers that visit orphans and vulnerable children at their homes. They provide comprehensive services, including support, homework assistance, medical care, help in obtaining government grants and give children love and care. More than 350 children are weekly visited by the team.
Siyakhula – Located in Marite, Bushbuckridge
This project commenced in May 2012, with 130 children attending with 5 care givers. The project functions from a garage separate from a private home, belonging to the
mother of one of the volunteer care givers. The facilities are very basic with cooking and storage of food situated all in one area. Minimal outside recreational equipment exist and the children play with permission on the grounds of a neighboring church.
Reading Power project
We aim to bring hope to children in a hopeless situation and believe that improved education is the only sustainable way to offer hope to the young generation. The Reading programme’s objective is to empower children by improving their English reading ability, by improving reading understanding and reading speed, through the use of effective computer technology. We are also endeavouring to create and promote a culture of reading with the children with a library that is stocked with donated books and magazines.
A reading development programme was started in June 2010 and SizaBantwana children from grade 2 to grade 9 (ages 8 to 15) attends from 13:00 to 17:00.
The computer reading laboratory runs scientifically developed software by “READING EXCELLENCE” that is accompanied by a work book. The software has been designed to be self-paced and allows for addressing the individual literacy needs of all users, simultaneously. Programme facilitators, employed by SizaBantwana, assist and oversee the sessions.