Save the Children Fund Cape.
Our work in the community
Health, Nutrition and Early Childhood Development project for children, predominantly aged 0 - 6/7 years - the critical age for early development.
Our volunteers personally deliver and distribute nutritious food products approved by professional staff at the clinics we serve. Children in need of our support are placed on our programme by the senior clinic sisters and social workers who serve the clinic district. In addition, children in need are referred to SCF by St. John’s Ambulance and the Department of Social Development. We are currently working with the Nyanga and Weltevreden Clinics. In addition we assist a tuberculosis support group at Samora Machel and the Khululeku HIV and Aids support group at Brown’s Farm. These are all located within the greater Cape Town metropolitan area. Once registered on our programme the mother or care giver brings the child to be weighed by the clinic staff every two weeks, enabling us to monitor the child’s progress. Because children come to the clinic regularly for their nutritional assessment, the clinic is able to check their immunisation records, and general well-being, thus further safeguarding the health of the child.
Fund-raising for food
While we share the name ‘Save the Children’, a high profile international organisation, we have been separate and self-funded from the outset. No member of our committee or volunteer force receives any salary or payment of any kind. Every cent of our funding therefore goes to the benefit of truly needy children. Food distribution currently costs us R100 000 per month. This is a substantial amount for a small private group to raise, but negligible in terms of the need. We do all our fund-raising ourselves and we do not receive funding from any other Save the Children Fund organisations.
Collections and donations
Bread and sandwiches from schools, Easter eggs, Christmas gifts, clothes, blankets and essential items.
"We worry about what a child will become tomorrow, yet, we forget that he is someone today"- Stacy Tauscher