Child Wel­fare cel­e­brate in chang­ing times

Talk of the Town - - News - LEBOGANG TLOU

CHILD Wel­fare hosted their AGM last week at the Word of Truth Min­istry, where great news was shared re­gard­ing the chil­dren cur­rently be­ing catered for by Child Wel­fare.

The event it­self, al­beit humble and mod­est, was a gath­er­ing of good peo­ple who spend their time in ser­vice, cel­e­brat­ing this year’s ac­com­plish­ments for chil­dren in need of care.

Child Wel­fare Port Al­fred is a non-profit or­gan­i­sa­tion, re­spon­si­ble for the wel­fare of the needs of chil­dren un­der the age of 10 who have no one else to call fam­ily.

“To raise some­one else’s child is not an easy task,” Child Wel­fare man­age­ment com­mit­tee chair­man Arthur Isaacs said.

Isaacs thanked all his staff, from so­cial work­ers to vol­un­teers, and es­pe­cially foster moth­ers at the or­gan­i­sa­tion’s fa­cil­i­ties. “They are the ones who take care of our chil­dren. Thank you for look­ing af­ter them, we ap­pre­ci­ate you,” Isaacs said.

Ac­cord­ing to Child Wel­fare trea­surer Gun­ther Jo­hannsen, the or­gan­i­sa­tion had suf­fi­cient funds to keep it run­ning for about a year, af­ter meet­ing all its fi­nan­cial obli­ga­tions. “We only had Lotto fund­ing in this fi­nan­cial year,” Jo­hannsen said, ex­plain­ing that the Lotto Fund only pro­vided funds ev­ery two years.

“We have just over R800 000 in the bank,” said Jo­han­nesen, who bade a per­sonal farewell to the Child Wel­fare com­mu­nity, which he has been a part of for the past 10 years.

Even though the or­gan­i­sa­tion re­ceives so­cial grants, Isaacs wished to dis­pel the false no­tion that a so­cial grant equated to free money.

Isaacs said peo­ple tended to as­so­ciate gov­ern­ment grants with riches.

He said that even though the or­gan­i­sa­tion had money in the bank; it needed to take a more cor­po­rate take on man­age­ment pro­ce­dures, as the in­crease in sup­ply and de­mand in the na­tional econ­omy had led to an in­crease in fi­nan­cial pres­sure.

Isaacs said as more NPOs opened up, child wel­fare had been pushed lower down the fi­nan­cial sup­port list.

He said the main fac­tor be­hind the de­crease in sup­ply in a cli­mate of in­creased de­mand fell on na­tional gov­er­nance in South Africa.

Isaacs ex­tended an in­vi­ta­tion to all to join and help the Child Wel­fare com­mu­nity.

Pic­ture: LEBOGANG TLOU

LOOK­ING AF­TER THE CHIL­DREN: The Child Wel­fare Port Al­fred AGM was well at­tended, with Nd­lambe mayor Phindile Faxi at­tend­ing to hear the good news about how Nd­lambe chil­dren with­out homes are be­ing well taken care of. From left, the com­mit­tee for 2017-18 is chair­man Arthur Isaacs, Lyn­del Moodie, Heather Le­icher and Ruth and Tim Cock­bain

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