Abraham Kriel Childcare: From heartache to hope and care
2009: NLTDF grant R2,9 million
Abraham Kriel Childcare looks after 770 children from Gauteng, all of whom have come through the Children’s Court and share painful experiences such as neglect, abuse, hunger, illness and physical and emotional pain.
Some of the youngsters have physical or mental disabilities. Some have already had to deal with the effects of HIV/AIDS. Some are newborns and others are already 18. No matter what their race, gender, age or language – their common experience has been suffering as a result of irresponsible behaviour or inability by people who were supposed to care for and protect them.
The organisation’s services are diverse and make provision for children with complex trauma, those with other special needs, an “impact school” where healing and development can happen in an unthreatening environment, three residential campuses and seven satellite homes spread across suburbs, and programmes for child-headed families.
Every Rand received from the NLDTF grants goes a long way to provide the children with necessities like food, clothing and medical attention – but as importantly with therapy and counselling to put children on the path of healing and with education to enable them to stand on their own feet one day.