The Bethany House Trust strongly believes in social transformation as a tool to do nation building, and as such, executes the following programs:
Governance & Administration:
We believe that good governance is critical to manage the resources entrusted to us by our funders. Bethany House optimizes the social value of every donation. External auditors are retained for this purpose, whilst our internal auditor oversees the day to day financial management.
As a Child Protection Agency in terms of the Children’s Act, Bethany House provides a number of specialised programs for orphaned and vulnerable children and children at risk:
Child & Youth Development Centre:
(formally known as children’s home & baby sanctuary)
This centre, located across a number residential properties, has been operational since October 1999. It accommodates 60 children whose ages range from birth up to 18 years. The aim of Bethany House is to break the cycle of abuse in the child’s life and facilitate healing and re-integration into the community as a productive number of society. Following a holistic approach, the physical, educational, emotional and spiritusl needs of child victims are met. Teenagers also participate in an independent living program too prepare them for life outside the children’s home.
IKUSASA Child & Youth Development Centre (Street Children):
A shelter for boys working and living on the street is housed in an old church building in the CBD of Krugersdorp. This is collaboration between Bethany House and a number of community structures.
Cluster Foster Care (Boikhutso):
This program makes provision for a family to provide alternative care for up to six (6) children who are not their biological children. The Bethany House trust provides psycho-social support to these families whilst assisting them to create an enabling environment for the children.
Centre of Learning:
A range of parenting programs focusing on the needs of alternative care were developed in our Centre of Learning. Through these programs we equip prospective foster and adoptive parents with the skills necessary for alternative parenting. The “khulisani Abantwana Bethu” (Raise our children!)program has empowered many parents willing to look after children in need of a safe home. The program is recognised by MONASH (SA) as a short course. We believe that one of the primary solutions to house the millions of “aids orphans” in Africa will be through homes such as these. our success rate with placements is 98% compared to the industry average of 35%. That means that in only 2% of the cases where we placed a child with one of our trained parents, will the placement fail.
Realising the dreams and aspirations of the children in our residential care program is very important to us. In order to help them discover their own. unique talents, an educator assists them with homework and school assignments.
Child & Family Unit (Muldersdrift – OVC Outreach):
A large number of children were found to be living in child headed families is the semi-rural Muldersdrift community. The OVC outreach project assists these children to live a ‘normal’ life despite the unusual and extreme challenges they face.
Child & Youth Development (Vulindlela):
This youth empowerment program assists out of school youth (matriculants) to better their matric results with the hope to gain university entrance, assists them with compliant of CV’s and links them up with potential employers. Currently the team of youth who completed the Vulindlela program assists 2011 matriculants with school work in preparation for exams (because of teacher’s strike).
Pregnancy Care Centre:
The PCC assists girls with unplanned pregnancies to make good choices.
Food Security Outreach:
Approximately 50 families in the West Rand region are supported with food as part of our community outreach. Currently 170 people – mainly children – are fed.
Child Protection Services (CPS):
Schools Interventions (Victim Empowerment):
The program is registered as a “victim empowerment program” with the Department of Social Development and provides psycho-social services to children who are in West Rand based schools, to children who have to testify in criminal court proceedings (court preparation) and post-testimony counseling to children who have already testified in criminal court proceedings. The timely treatm,ent of trauma in children’s lives is critical to ensure healthy minds.
Intermediary Services for Child Witnesses:
To minimise trauma to child victims of crime who have to testify in criminal court proceedings, we provide trained intermediaries (social workers) to accompany the child witness to court and act as mediator between the child and the court. We provide services to Magistrates Courts on the West Rand and have acted on behalf of more than 3 000 child witnesses. Research findings from this projects were presented at a number of international conferences and were also published internationally.
This telephone service operates throughout South Africa as a child abuse advice and referral service. It is widely used by parents and caregivers alike who are in need of advice on the child abuse management system. The cell phone emergency service providers regularly patch crisis calls through to us ranging from family violence to child abductions.
This intervention offers a substance abuse prevention program to learners at schools in the West Rand and Soweto regions. In addition to the prevention program, learners who test positively for a banned substance are referred into our diversion program to prevent them from entering the formal criminal justice system.
A specialised investigations unit responds to and investigates cases of alleged sexual abuse, cases a pedophilia, child sex networks and occult related crimes. These cases are investigated in conjunction with National prosecuting Authority.