R4.7m boost for Childline
THE Sibaya Community Trust has taken the Childline Crisis Centre under its wing by committing a grant of R4 million over the course of the next four years.
The trust also facilitated necessary repairs to the crisis line centre at a cost of R469 500.
The newly refurbished facility was recently officially handed over to the Childline Crisis Centre.
“Sibaya Community Trust is pleased to be able to contribute towards necessary repairs and upgrades to the building to ensure counsellors as well as visitors, which include young children, are safe.
“As a non-profit organisation, the Childline Crisis Centre relies heavily on the support it receives from the public and concerned corporate citizens to continue providing its essential support services to abused and neglected children,” said Sibaya Community Trust chairperson Tristan Kaatze.
Childline KwaZulu-Natal is a nonprofit, non-governmental organisation that provides services to abused children and their families in the province.
The organisation was founded as a result of the escalating increase in the incidence of child abuse cases.
The organisation has since 1986, expanded its mandate to ensure holistic services to children to not only respond but heal and prevent child abuse. Childline assists over 30 000 children annually.
It provides an accessible and immediate crisis and counselling service for children, families and communities 24 hours, seven days a week.
The crisis line is accessible on a mobile network and Telkom landline at no cost to the caller.
Childline operations manager Adeshini Naicker said: “The Sibaya Community Trust has been the sole donor to our Crisis Line Call Centre for the past five years.
“The R4m they have awarded us with will see our Crisis Line operating for the next five years.
“Childline KZN management and staff are immensely grateful for the ongoing support from Sibaya Community Trust.”
Sibaya’s CSI manager Kudzai Mqingwana, operations manager Tristan Kaatze, and trustee of the Sibaya Community Trust Vivian Reddy, with Adeshini Naicker, Sunitha Latiff and Mervyn Sigamoney of Childline.