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NOVEMBER 2017

Give to our Christmas appeal and have your donation DOUBLED!

This year the Bishop Simeon trust has been selected to be part of the Big Give Christmas Campaign. Thank you to all of our supporters who have generously given so far. We are fundraising for a project to provide more Child Care Advocates to an area where they are desperately needed. The children of Ekurhuleni, to the South East of Johannesburg, face multiple challenges. 37% go hungry every day, 12% live without their parents and many children live in households led by other children. In such circumstances children are left vulnerable and experience high rates of depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress, peer relationship difficulties, suicidal urges, delinquency and homelessness. They are marginalised & disconnected from education, health & social welfare.

The Christmas Appeal project will reach 500 vulnerable children and young people in Ekurhuleni. It will help us assure that 12 Child Care Advocates are available to support children within community centres called Safe Parks. They will also be supported to build their skills to reach national standards that can help them qualify for statutory support. They will also help develop Youth Committees which will give children a voice in their communities. This will protect whilst creating solutions to the problems. We need you to make this happen!

From now until midday on Tuesday 5th December, your donations can be DOUBLED thanks to the generosity of our Patron Sir Michael Parkinson CBE and The Reed Foundation.
WHAT IS A CHILD CARE ADVOCATE?
Child Care Advocates are based at Safe Parks to help young people’s voices be heard and to help them to access their rights as children. They also support the young people in the arts and activity programmes taking place at Safe Parks as well as completing social work referrals as and when required.
Watch our appeal video to hear from Peer Education Programme Officer Sne about why your Christmas donation is so important.
Please share this video with your friends to help us meet our donation target!
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Linky works as a Child Care Advocate at Ncedo Thuso Safe Park

“As a Child Care Advocate I find joy in making the children happy. It pleases me that we are able to give children a safe space that does not only offer them food and assistance with school work, but also gives them an opportunity to explore their different thoughts. I am very happy to see the young people’s progress because they apply the knowledge we give them into their lives. 

I’ve found my purpose by helping these children, I am contributing to building the future generation.”

Help us to employ more people like Linky to support children in Ekurhuleni by donating to the Christmas Appeal.
Thank you from us all for your continued support.
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