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22 August 2017

Urbanvest Foundation:

Outline of what we do, our challenges and what service we provide, ages, gender – challenges

 

“Peas in a Pod” is the project of Urbanvest Foundation. It is a place of safety and child and youth care centre. It was established specifically to provide a safe place for girls from the age of 2 to 17 years who have been abused. Since inception most of the girls who were placed with us had been sexually abused. This is the only house in Pretoria that caters specifically for abused girls. In spite of numerous applications for funding to the Department of Social Development no funds have been received.

 

Our challenges are related to the limited funds we have to our disposal to care for our charges.

 

We need to move to a safer house in the suburbs but do not have the funds to do so. The house we currently occupy, is gifted on a monthly basis. The area around the house deals with violent crime on a daily basis. A suitable house in a suburb will cost around R1,5m.

 

We need funding for specialist therapy for our victims of abuse. We do have monthly donors but we are running short on a monthly basis with R5,000 just to keep our doors open. At present our children receive counselling at the University of Pretoria.

 

We would love to take our children on a weekend camp once a year. There are simply no funds for this.

 

We need school clothing on a bi-annual basis as these little ones grow.

 

At present Peas in a Pod boasts 18 beneficiaries (staff consists of 3 live-in house mothers and 15 girls). Of the 18 beneficiaries 2 are white (children who have been abused).

 

These Children are placed in our care by the SAPS (police) as well as social workers from various statutory organizations.

 

From the moment a child is placed with us we take care of that child as if she is our own. We have her medically assessed and place her in an appropriate school. She gets help with her schoolwork from tutors and becomes part of the “Peas in a Pod” family. We integrate her into a functional family environment and teach her the importance of self-respect and respect for others.

We shall welcome training to deal with abused children. However one house mother has been with us since we opened in 2010, another has been with us almost 2 years and the third has been with us since the beginning of 2017. We do in house training.