Presidentia Child and Youth Care Centre
On the 20th of July 2004 people from the Dutch Reformed Church in Kroonstad gathered together to look at the possibility to open a child and youth care centre in town. During the meeting they took note of the following:
1) there are more than 50 children from Kroonstad in the children’s homes in Bethlehem and Bloemfontein;
2) that a process of decentralisation and transformation of the children’s homes to smaller child and youth care centres had already started.
The churches decided to take responsibility for a child and youth care centre in Kroonstad. We found a suitable house in 89 Marais Street in Presidentia. NG Welfare bought the house from Mr. Spahmer. We did some alterations according to our needs. The first chairman was Rev Barry Fourie and the Vise Chairman Mr. Christo Barnard. Mr. Wynand Smit was the chairman of Finances and Mrs. Tillie Fourie for Child Care. On the 17th of August 2005 we applied for registration in terms of sec 30 of the Child Care Act.
The centre accommodates 12 children - 6 boys and 6 girls. Children come from various cultural groups and their ages differ from 3 years to 18 years.
- The management and the child care worker ensure that the child’s basic needs are met by making sure that he/she has a safe house, food, clothes and education.
- The youth care centre make use of the services of a social worker.
- Every child has an individual care plan and the multi therapeutic team evaluates the achievements annually.
- We teach them various life-skills: hard skills like cleaning their own rooms and help to lay a table and washing dishes.
- Soft skills like teaching them respect, how to make choices, decision-making, how to handle relationships etc.
- The social worker also arranges for weekend and holiday leave to the child’s parents or host families.
- The social worker and the child care worker often have discussions about a child – in this way they work together as a team.
The kids in primary school attend the Sentrale Volkskool not far from the centre. Our children participate in sports like athletics, rugby and netball or cultural activities.
The secondary school pupils either attend Kroonstad Secondary School, Afrikaans Secondary School and Johan Slabbert School. All the schools are within walking distance from the centre.
All our children attend the Dutch Reformed Church Kroonheuwel. They go to church every Sunday morning and attend Sunday school. They love to go to the “Cool Kids” - a youth group every Sunday afternoon. Religion is a high priority at the centre and every child has his/her own Bible and there is time for devotion.
Outstanding trademarks of the centre
- The centre involves the community. We receive donations like equipment, clothes and groceries from the community.
- A local hairdresser cuts the children's hair for free.
- Literacy material like books and magazines for school projects.
- Sponsor a child’s therapy at a professional therapist like a psychologist, occupational- and speech therapist etc.
- Somebody who can help with extra mathematic classes.
- Financial assistance for a school leaver who wants to study .
Motivation to get involved
Many people say that there is more meaning in being able to give than being able to receive. It is when you give of yourself that you really give!
I HAVE ONE LIFE AND ONE CHANCE TO MAKE IT COUNT FOR SOMETHING! - Jimmy Carter
Postal address :
P.O. Box 6061
Street address :
Telephone no : 056 – 213 4112
Social Workers Office: Telephone no: 079 673 2065
Fax no: 056 - 213 4209
Child Care Worker: Mrs. Elize van Zyl
Relief CCW: Vacant
Assistant: Me. Janette Majavu
Laundry assistant: Me. Cecilia Bochedi
Social Worker: Mrs. Ester Johnson
Chairman: Mr. Wynand Smith
V/Chairman: Mr. Chris Theron
Finance: Mrs. Jorinda Swanepoel
Childcare: Mrs. Tillie Fourie
Buildings: Mr. Riaan Swanepoel
Secretary: Me. Anna Mulder