July Newsletter 2021

 NPO Number 002-213 / Tel: 033 387 4004 
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Dear Alert Engine and Motus Parts… We appreciate you.

We have 75 children in our care and assistance is always required. During this month, Alert Engine and Motus Parts, one of our Business Partners; made a significant contribution by arranging for custom fitted new mattresses to be manufactured and delivered for all our children. An official handover was conducted by Mr Len Pillay from the Alert Engine PMB branch. Thanks to your generosity our children are enjoying peaceful and comfortable sleeps!

Pictured above is Mrs Fiona Balgobind (General Manager), Mr Len Pillay (Alert Engine) and Ropah Mashoko (Child Care Manager)

Programs: Self Awareness
Self-awareness plays a critical role in how we understand ourselves and how we relate to others and the world. Being self-aware allows you to evaluate yourself in relation to others. Unit 3 senior boys had their own self awareness program which aimed to understand themselves better as well as their relation to the world. They divided themselves into two groups and had group discussions on the topic. They focused more on the Internal (inward understanding of values, passions and aspirations) and External (how others perceive you) awareness. 
Our 135 year journey…Frequently Asked Questions!
We tend to get a lot of questions regarding the day to day running of the home as well as admission ins and outs. On this segment we will attempt to answer as best as we can the questions that we encounter on a day to day basis.
  • What are your operating times? The office is officially open from 8H00 and closes at 16H00 (Monday to Friday), however the home is operating on 24/7 basis and this includes public holidays and weekends. Often the Management team members at the office way before 8am and leaving only after their duties for the day are accomplished.
  • Are the children home schooled? No, all our children attend nearby schools. We place children at Mainstream government schools, Special schools to meet the needs of our children with special needs, and at Newton School for those with Learning Impairments. Depending on the time of placement, we place at numerous schools in surrounding suburbs and our dedicated drivers transport children daily to and from all activities including school, therapy, medical appointments, etc
  • Do you have a principal for the home? For some reason historically all Childrens’ Homes were perceived as some form of school, and till today we have many who assume we are still a school! This is where the most senior person managing the Facility became known as a Principal. For all intents and purposes, over 90% of the now known Child and Youth Care Centres, are qualified and registered Social Service Practitioners working within the children’s sector. At PCH, we have a Director/General Manager, our management team and the core service providers are our Child and Youth Care Workers. (CYCWs)
  • Do you have caregivers? In Children’s Homes, the core staff have historically been called caregivers, house mothers, baby sitters! After numerous years of advocacy in the sector, Child and Youth Care Work, is now recognized as a Profession and is being regulated under the SA Council For Social Service Practitioners. This ensures that trained and registered workers are employed to provide Quality Child Care Services.
  • Are all children in your care orphans? All Child Care facilities have different ratios of children placed for different reasons. They can be placed because they are an orphan, was abandoned, or their health and safety was compromised due to some form of neglect or abuse on the part of the biological parents. This last reason is true for more than 80% of our children at PCH.
  • How are children placed at our home? An investigation has to follow any referral for assistance. This is conducted by a Child Protection Organization, and after such investigations a recommendation is made to the Children’s Court, who then makes a final decision on the Child’s placement. A Children’s Home is the absolute last option in the Child Protection System, once all other options have been exhausted. So No…we can not accept any general referral from the community, and yes…the child is formally placed via the Children’s Court authorizing the most senior person running the facility to become the Legal Guardian of each child placed under their care.
  • Do you take children who live on the street? All children placed into a Child and Youth Care Centre have to be accommodated by the Programs that are offered to meet their unique needs.  Children Living on the Streets (CLOTS) require a different program to manage their unique needs, as they often find it difficult to live in residential care and comply with the structures and routines that are part of our daily programs. Hence, there are separate NGOs supporting them.
#Humble beginnings
#135 years of Grace

Find out more by visiting our Website
We will continue the journey in the Aug Newsletter ….

Covid 19 – Vaccination time…
On the July 2021, few of our children received their covid-19 jab. Last year we experienced some hardships when few of our children contracted covid-19. This year when the government gave a go-ahead for children with special needs getting vaccinated, we did just that. Like the tests that were conducted during that time, our children took the need like pros. Mid-July, our staff also heeded to the call of protecting their loved one by receiving the vaccine. Praying for greater and brighter future with covid-free. 
This month, a few of our over eighteen year old young adults with special needs received their covid-19 vaccinations. We are fully aware of all the complications and challenges a positive Covid Case incurs, after experiencing this in the past year. This year when the government gave a go-ahead for children with special needs getting vaccinated, we did just that. Mid-July, our staff also heeded to the call of protecting their loved ones and themselves by receiving the vaccine. A coordinated plan was implemented to ensure that all the staff of the facility were vaccinated. 
Introducing the new kid on the block-YOCO
Transactions made with simplicity. We often encounter people who want to purchase or make a donation on the spot and the problem is always the fact that we don’t have a card machine to complete this transaction. That is why we have a new and quick way to make payment. It’s simple as 123…remember to tap, swipe or insert your card to complete a transaction.
KFC-Add Hope
This initiative partners with over 138  beneficiaries to ensure that children are receiving a nutritious meal daily. Add Hope raises money through customer donations added at the till or on the Add Hope website, as well as donating a percentage of KFC profits as its own Corporate social responsibility.
This is how it works:
When buying a meal you simply Add R2 for Add Hope to your bill…
Donations are also made by KFC…All that donations goes to the KFC Social Responsibility Trust…who then allocates to suitable applicants
(This Campaign feeds nutritious meals to over 120 000 children every day in South Africa, and PCH is one of their beneficiaries)

Your R2 really does go a long way, and reaches us
to serve our children on a daily basis, so don’t hesitate to make your R2 pledge today!

Don’t forget that our DONATE button on the website is operating….
Yes, as a Donor you can make a cash donation in your own time, at your leisure.
Kindly visit our website on and select any amount you wish to donate.
You can use any Visa Debit or Mastercard for both Cheque and Credit Card options.
Your banking details remain confidential and that information will NOT be available to any one besides your yourself.
So please do feel free to support us through this easy and safe method of donating!
Its easy: all you have to do is go to any participating BP, Engen or Caltex garage, fill up and notify the attendant of Litres for Education, providing them with our unique number #509 …..and 10c  per litre goes towards PCH. The wonderful thing is that
you DON’T pay an extra cent more.
Just remember to say the next time you are filling up – Litres for Education #509.
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