Project: Social Work and Community Development
Area: Community Development
Coordinator: Ncumisa Mpahleni
Description: The extended family is still intact in a township like Nyanga, but has been made fragile by the forces of poverty, urbanization and the psychological legacy of apartheid. There is a need to train and support the women, men, grannies, aunts, neighbours and older siblings – families of whatever sort – who take on the role of caregiver to a vulnerable child. For maximum psychological support, the mothers or primary caregivers will need to be kept together with small children in their care when they are ill or depressed – in a congenial environment – and supported physically and emotionally.
Our Social Worker has abused children referred to her from the Wynberg Magistrate’s Court for counselling, to prepare them for their court appearances and to educate them around their rights and responsibilities. Our Social Worker helps Etafeni’s clients access grants – the team of social workers, auxiliary social workers and community care workers is committed to seeing that better parenting practices and secure children become the norm in Nyanga.
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