ACVV PE SUID is a child protection organisation which was established by volunteers on 14 April 1927.The service was decentralised to Walmer Township in 1971. The ACVV PE SUID is one of seven branches in Port Elizabeth. It is a nonprofit welfare organisation which does not discriminate against religion, race, gender or creed. The mandate of ACVV PE SUID is to provide and facilitate effective and efficient service delivery to the vulnerable groups of society, the poorest of the poor, the marginalised and the disadvantaged groups in the working area. The ACVV PE Suid area includes the Marine Drive, Summerstrand, South End, Forest Hill, Humewood, Walmer, Walmer Township, Walmer Heights, Walmer Downs, Charlo, Springfield, Greenshields Park, Seaview, Lovemore Park, Mount Pleasant, South End, Part of Newton Park, Mangold Park, and Linkside.
The organisation’s vision is to support and empower effectively functioning family life as the core of the community. Its mission is to develop, support and sustain disintegrated family units within poverty-stricken communities by the deliverance of strength based and capacity building programmes.
Main activities and services – projects / programmes / events, etc.
The rendering of statutory services regarding the Children’s Act, 2005 as amended. This includes ensuring the safety and protection of children, placement in foster care or child and youth care centres where applicable, family restoration services.
- Stop the Pain;
- Child Protection Week;
- Prevention of Older Person Abuse;
- Winterhoop (collection of blankets, food and warm clothing for the vulnerable families);
- Buyiselekhaya Soup Kitchen (feeding 147 children on a daily basis);
- After Care Programme (For 60 grade one learners who need assistance with their homework to enable them to pass, also receive one meal a day during school terms);
- Holiday Programmes (For children and youths, parental guidance workshops);
- Bath Project for abandoned and abused babies to be cleaned and dressed properly before further services are rendered;
- Full day care facility run for 80 pre-school children in Forest Hill, which includes a grade R class;
- The President’s Awards Programme for Youths – ACVV P E Suid has youth on all three levels (bronze, silver and gold);
- Food Parcels to vulnerable families that do not have any food due to unemployment or illness, houses burning down or floods;
- Back to school project – provision of stationary, school clothes and school bags;
- Clothes and blankets to vulnerable families and families who lost everything due to their houses burning down and floods; and
- Counselling sessions.
ACVV P E Suid’s challenge is the lack of funding. ACVV P E Suid is struggling to get sponsors/donors which will enable the organisation to keep on rendering its services. Some services had to be terminated due to lack of funding.
ACVV P E Suid has the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of families, children and youth who are utilising the organisation’s services. Currently the staff in Walmer Township has to render out services from two small offices (five staff members per office), due to the demand for services within the community, it becomes impossible to assist all clients that come to the office.
Impact/contribution to society
During 2011/2012, the organisation reached 15 890 individuals through service rendering. Fifteen pre-school facilities in the community were mentored and were assisted to start the process of applying for nonprofit organisation (NPO) registration. Currently, these crèches accommodate between 60 and 100 children each. The crèches have to be monitored weekly to enable them to become fully registered and operational crèches addressing the growing need within the community. Thirty youth members where empowered with various skills, recreational opportunities, service education and adventurous journey opportunities (as part of the TPA programme).This programme creates positive support systems for these marginalised youth in order to realise their potential. During December, a Christmas party was held for approximately 100 children, 30 after care, 30 youths and 40 foster children as part of social relief. Winterhoop (emergency relief, clothing) was provided to 78 families. 66 Families are receiving parental guidance, 105 children are in foster care and 38 in child and youth care centres.
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