Lulisandla Kumntwana: Support and Foster Care for Vulnerable Children (97398)
MARCH 2013 UPDATE: Foster Coordinator Bathoko Nhleko was employed to assist the social workers with supervision of the foster cases.
We started a youth development program with PEPFAR funding. We were able to help 178 families with food parcels.
Houses were built for two needy families, and work has started on a third which will be completed with a team of volunteers.
Thirty-five children have been successfully placed in foster care.
Lulisandla Kumntwana (literally, Reach Out to the Child) is a church and community-based initiative and fostering agency that loves and cares for vulnerable children and orphans in and around Mseleni, South Africa.
Lulisandla Kumntwana started work in June 2002. Currently 20 staff and many volunteers cover an area of about 30 kms wide and 125 kms long, with a population of about 95,000 people. Over 5390 orphans have been identified and, so far, 3467 of them receive care.
The foundation of the project is the network of Family Support Teams, made up of local Christians. 56 teams with about 350 volunteers visit orphan families on a regular basis and offer practical, social, emotional and spiritual help. Four coordinators work with these teams, meeting with them once a month for feedback, planning and praying.
The program is a registered fostering agency, which means that children are assisted to access birth and death documents and IDs for them and their parents, foster parents are screened, home situations investigated, and cases taken to the Children's Court; children are placed in supervised foster care, and then assisted to apply for the foster child grant.
Amongst many other monthly activities, the program offers psycho-social support workshops which help orphans to deal with the emotional trauma of losing their parents and also give life skills training. Foster parents workshops also take place including the memory box project with the orphans and a support group for HIV positive teens.
Pastoral coordinators counsel individuals and families, help staff and volunteers to develop their spiritual ministry and assist with workshops.
The program works closely with the local schools to further care for the needs of the orphans as well as identify new orphans. After School Clubs offer orphans help with homework, games and crafts and life skills. Career Days in high schools are facilitated and five youth clubs run a weekly program for youth hosting inter-club competitions and coordinated outings. Some clubs have started income generating projects.
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Project Number: 97398 Current Funding Progress:
Note: Financial information is updated quarterly and therefore may not reflect the data reported in a more recent article.