Putting children first
Chubby Chums was established in 1999 to help address the needs of the many children left destitute by poverty, disease and abuse. What started as a two-man operation (by Martin Barnard and Tony Graham), working out of an enclosed verandah has grown to incorporate 30 children’s homes. With their transparent and open approach to all they do, even government departments are opening their doors and, more importantly, their purse strings for the children.
The founder/director, Barnard, has always had a great love for children. His compassionate nature inspired him to begin a very special organisation for abandoned, physically, sexually abused and malnourished children. Martin then realised the great need to assist HIV/AIDS mothers, children and orphans. His integrity as a child protection officer is endorsed by the Department of Welfare – Johannesburg and Pretoria, and he is working with local, provincial and national government to address the needs of the various communities. He would do anything to help the disadvantaged communities. Chubby Chums has outreach programmes like soup kitchens, feeding programmes and vegetable gardens.
Child protection is everybody’s business;
- No-one has the right to abuse;
- Be aware, and be safe;
- Working together to stop child abuse;
- Working together to stop child neglect and child exploitation;
- Working together to promote the importance of early childhood development; and
- Working together to report child abuse, neglect and exploitation.
Assist Chubby Chums to help the children, as well as to advance the best interests of children in all matters affecting them, to promote and enable the realisation of the rights to survival, devilment, protection and participation. Assistance is also required in mobilising resources at all levels for children‘s needs and development.
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