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JG Afrika upgrades Lindela Creche 

JG Afrika (Pty) Ltd, an engineering and environmental consultancy, was established in 1922 as Jeffares & Green, and rebranded in 2016 to JG Afrika. The firm provides consulting services in all fields of civil and structural engineering, as well as environmental services. Proudly independent, proudly South African and proud to service Africa, JG Afrika has built a strong reputation for offering innovative and sustainable engineering and environmental consulting services of the highest quality, for the benefit of the community and the environment.

JG Afrika is committed to the furtherance of education for children. To this end, the JG Afrika PMB branch reached out to the Children in Distress Network (CINDI) to identify an educational organisation in need of assistance. The Lindela Crèche, a community crèche based in Vulindlela, schools 65 children between the ages of 0-7 years old. In a bid to make a positive impact on the most children possible, the creche was decided upon as the recipient of the JG Afrika CSI initiative for 2018. Following a site visit,  the crèche was identified as requiring certain structural and aesthetic  upgrades as well as the provision of educational toys, books, puzzles etc.  JG Afrika employees donated various goods to the crèche as well as volunteering to undertake some manual labour to implement the various structural and aesthetic upgrades required. The result was the transformation of two rooms into colourful, productive and fun classrooms (with a patriotic twist) which will hopefully serve the children’s learning needs exceptionally well! A great day was had by all, and the JG Afrika staff are proud to have been involved in such a worthwhile cause.

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Annual General Meeting

“Children in Distress Network hosted its Annual General Meeting on Saturday the 29th of September 2018 .Thank you to our guest speaker Mr Lwazi Fihlela and to everyone who attended our AGM.

Thank You to Our Supporters. The work we do would not be possible without the generous support of our donors. We would like to thank all of the individuals and organizations, that have supported us in the past and will continue to support us in the future.”

 

 

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National Child Protection Week (CPW) is commemorated in South Africa annually to raise awareness of the rights of children as articulated in the Children’s Act of 2005.The campaign began in 1997 aims to mobilise all sectors of society to ensure the care and protection of children. The campaign is led by the Minister of Social Development.

 Child Protection Week allows us to shine a spotlight on children’s issues; highlight successes and identify what still needs to be done.

The Child Justice Act (Act No. 75 of 2008) establishes a separate criminal justice system for children in conflict with the law. The Sexual Offences and Related Matters Amendment Act (Act No. 32 of 2007) includes a wide range of crimes that commonly occur against children.While the Prevention and Combating of Trafficking in Persons Act (Act 7 of 2013), deals with the global phenomena of child trafficking.However, despite these and other protections many children still remain vulnerable to abuse, neglect and exploitation.

On the 28th of May 2018, CINDI celebrated Child Protection Week with members, and colleagues from Human Rights Commission and Legal Aid South Africa.Very often media including TV,radio and newspapers cover stories about children who are abused, abducted and even murdered, usually by strangers but it is important to know sexual abusers are more likely to be people known to the child.It is our responsibility as a parent to educate our children about safety.

People who want to abuse children often build a relationship with the child and the caring adults who want to protect them.Abusers use a number of tactics to ensure their victim's silence. Giving gifts, encouraging a child to keep secrets, blackmail, coercion and flattery are common tactics.

A child might be too scared to report that s/he was sexually abused. S/he might think that nobody will believe him/her because there is no-one else who saw what had happened to him/her or that s/he took too long to report the sexual abuse. However, this is not always the case and the protection of a child is a serious matter in court.

As a society we have a duty to do more to ensure that the most vulnerable in our society do not suffer abuse. It is in our hands to stop the cycle of neglect, abuse, violence and exploitation of children. By working together, we can create safer and healthier communities so that our children can thrive.

A very warm thank you to Jonsson Workwear for the donation of 67 blankets!

The children at Sondelani Bantwana Creche will keep warm this winter. 

Children in Distress Network identifies crèches requiring infrastructure improvement and brings these organisations to the attention of corporate funders wanting improve the conditions which the young learners face every day.

Should you be interested in helping a Crèche , please contact Mary on 0333457994 or send her an email at coms@cindi.org.za .

  03 April  2018

Pietermaritzburg, South Africa

 

We would like to say thank you to Atlas Plastics for generously donating 3 portable toilets. We were so honoured and delighted to see the excitement of our members (Community Crèches) while collecting the huts.

According to the preliminary findings of the department's national audit of ECD centres, ECD centres are battling with issues of inadequate infrastructure, inadequate equipment and supplies, a lack of practitioners and poorly trained practitioners, as well as inadequate health and safety measures, among other issues.

And according to the 2016 National Education Infrastructure Management System Standard Report, published by South Africa’s Department of Basic Education, states that of the 23 577 public schools in the country, 9 203 are forced to use pit latrines, while 68 have no sanitation facilities at all; 171 have no water supply, while 5 004 make do with unreliable supply.

Children have a right to basic facilities such as school toilets, safe drinking water, clean surroundings and basic information on hygiene. Water, sanitation and hygiene in schools creates an enabling environment which secures children’s dignity, safety, health and attendance in classes. Children are more receptive and quick to adopt and sustain change. They become agents of change among their peers, families and communities. Teachers as influential individuals, supported by the school management committees, play an important catalytic role.

CINDI identifies crèches requiring infrastructure improvement and brings these organisations to the attention of corporate funders wanting improve the conditions which the young learners face every day.

We are extremely grateful for the many generous companies, and individuals in the community for donating their time, money, and resources, allowing us to serve children and families.

We’ve all heard the proverb “It takes a village to raise a child” — and it certainly takes a village to educate one.