Vulnerable Child Support, Cape Town
- As an Orphaned and Vulnerable Children volunteer, you will spend your mornings assisting at an Emergency Care Home for Abandoned and Orphaned Children, which was established to care for neglected children aged between 0 and 8 years and a variety of after-school care facilities for children aged 6 - 14, which provides a safe place for youth in the immediate hours after school.
- Your volunteer work will largely be made up of implementing a fun plan of activities at the homes to help the children with their basic development needs, creativity, sociability, gross motor skills, language, numeracy and rhythm. You will plan and implement fun activities with which to achieve these goals and nurture and care for these abandoned children, where one-on-one attention is also essential for these children to develop into adults.
- Choose from full time Orphaned and Vulnerable Children volunteering or combine this with another volunteer activity to broaden your volunteer experience, whether this be assisting in a healthcare programme, joining our gender empowerment project, sports development or teaching and youth development volunteering.
- Explore the city of Cape Town with must do activities like climbing up Table Mountain, visiting Robbin island and the Cape of Good Hope
- You will live and work in one of the most vibrant and cosmopolitan cities in the world
A little care and support can go a long way and as a volunteer on this project you can use educational games and fun activities to help children and youth on their way to a brighter future.
Home to just under 2 million people, Khayelitsha is the largest township in Cape Town. Locals live in a vast range of housing from shacks built of wood and iron to larger permanent buildings with limited ablution facilities and communal standpipes for water.
The Emergency Care Home for Abandoned and Orphaned Children was established to care for abandoned and orphaned children aged between 0 and 8 years. This area of Cape Town has been hugely affected by HIV/AIDS and on average 60% of the children taken into the home are HIV positive.
Once the children are medically and emotionally stable, the home will look to place them with a foster family so the children can be reintroduced into a family environment. Your volunteer work will largely be made up of implementing a fun plan of activities at the home to help the children with their basic development needs.
This will include social play, arts and crafts, gross motor skills, language, numeracy and rhythm. One-on-one attention is also essential for these children to develop and enable them to progress into pre-school. Your assistance will also be required as a healthcare volunteer. Health checks need to be done daily to monitor children’s vital signs and keep medical records up to date.
Should children need medical attention, you will support the health assistant with appointments at the local clinic. As volunteer brings something unique to the community projects in terms of expertise, interests and skills, and each person has the chance to make a difference.
You will also have the ability to design your own project and volunteer experience by combining your focus with other volunteering opportunities like teaching, gender empowerment, sports coaching, or healthcare.
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