R4.7m boost for Childline

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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.

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