Mseleni Children’s Home (87330)
Play is important work! The Christmas holiday got off to a great start with a party on the beach at Sodwana, South Africa, organised by a local company. The children played games, ate delicious food, and each received a box of presents.
And work is important play! The teenage boys worked together with their care worker to mix cement and make blocks. Then, together with the middle range of boys, they worked to construct a chicken house. This activity taught the boys skills as well as how to work together towards a goal.
While play and work are absolutely vital to every child’s healthy development, the children at Mseleni Children’s Home have all been abused or abandoned, which can make learning to relax and play a lot of work. Care for such traumatized children is limited and not available from the government in the rural area of Mseleni. They need special care to help them deal with the problems arising out of the abuse.
All children attend therapeutic and activity groups and psycho-social workshops to enable them to deal positively with trauma, develop self-esteem and a sense of self-worth. This will help them to reintegrate into their community and lead fulfilled lives. The children are also involved in the greater life of the community. In the Home they experience the love of God through the care experienced.
Mseleni, which cares for up to 40 children between the ages of birth to 18 years (or 21 years if they are still in school), has a vision to see children raised in the love and discipline of the Lord in such a way that each child grows to his or her full capacity (physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually).
The children live in “cottage units”—the boys and girls have their own units—to create a family atmosphere. Christian child care workers provide 24-hour residential care.
The Home is registered with the Department of Social Development. The government pays subsidies for each child but these are not sufficient to offer appropriate care and education at the home. Donations are used to improve the children’s lives for example through therapeutic and activity groups, fun outings, birthday celebrations, new equipment, toys or sometimes a bicycle, to name a few. Those who move into adult life or into tertiary education often need a hand until they are fully settled.
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