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New BeginningZ has been in operation since 2001, with the main focus being Children living and working on the streets.
In 2003, due to HIV/Aids Pandemic we included Child Headed Households to our focus group and in 2004 we had to include yet another vulnerable group - abandoned babies and toddlers.
We cater for children between the ages of newborn up to 18 years. It is of paramount importance to us to render services and programs that is in the best interest of every individual child that we deal with.
Just as soon as you think you've seen the worst of cases, you come across yet another one. Abusers don't discriminate against colour, creed or age. Child Abuse is rife in our country and unfortunately not nearly enough is being done to protect the future of our country, the children. Government is shirking their responsibility when it comes to providing for destitute families therefore making it increasingly difficult for the poorest of the poor to survive.
Abuse & Poverty are the main contributing factors to street children and abandoned baby statistics in our country.
To build an infrastructure in terms of creating & implementing projects & programs to facilitate the growing need for services to the increasing number of abandoned, abused, neglected babies, children living, working & begging on the streets as well as orphans and vulnerable children in and around Tshwane.
It is of Paramount Importance to render various services that is in the Best Interest of the Child / Children in our care.
More information: http://www.newbeginningz.org.za/
Who We Are
Women and Men Against Child Abuse was founded in 1997 as a Non-Government, Non-Profit Organisation. It is a Section 21 Company and is recognised by the South African Revenue Service as a Public Benefit Organisation with Section 18A tax exemption status.
The spiralling increase in incidents of child abuse in our country necessitated the provision of specialised child-abuse facilities, as well as the introduction of preventative programmes to break the complex cycle of abuse.
The cycle of abuse is such that it has a domino-effect, and the number of people whose lives are affected by just one incident is immeasurable. This proves very costly to society in general, as child abuse can have a profound impact on the emotional, behavioral, cognitive, social, and physical development of children. In some cases this results in lifelong loss of potential, and chronic mental and physical health problems.
Our first Kidz Clinic opened its doors in Boksburg in June 2000, and the Kidz Clinic in Alexandra was opened in December 2003. With funding from Pick 'n Pay our third clinic officially opened in Orange Farm in May 2006. The Kidz Clinics are one-stop child-friendly centres providing free medical and psychological treatment for children who have been sexually, physically and emotionally violated.
The Kidz Clinic also features a replica of a real-life courtroom, where children who are required to testify against their perpetrators in court are introduced to the legal system by court preparation officers. Here, simulated court sessions are held, during which children are prepared for court procedure. This important process minimises their fears and prevents secondary trauma to the child.
By identifying the need to introduce effective measures to prevent the abuse of children, our organisation introduced three preventative and support programmes that deal with education, rehabilitation and counseling.
Women and Men Against Child Abuse has been extremely outspoken in its offensive against child abuse. The organisation has also been instrumental in raising awareness, which has led to growing public support. By breaking the silence surrounding the sexual abuse of children, and highlighting the inadequacies within government structures, the organisation has made great strides and effected positive change in many areas.
More information: http://www.wmaca.org.za