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The Stephen Green Foundation. Where it comes to children – We Care - Care until Independence –. Proposed Residential Child Care Center (To be set up on a farm). Where it comes to Children – We Care. - Care until Independence -. All Children are a ‘Gift from God’. Who are we?.

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The Stephen Green Foundation

Where it comes to children – We Care

- Care until Independence –

Proposed Residential Child Care Center

(To be set up on a farm)

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Where it comes to Children – We Care

- Care until Independence -

All Children are a ‘Gift from God’

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Who are we?

The Stephen Green Foundation is an autonomous body, non-political, non-profit making and founded on Christian principles to promote all aspects of child care with specific emphasis placed on the children’s interests.

What is our purpose?

  • To promote all aspects of the provision of facilities for the care of children in need.
  • To provide a properly constituted and credible body to achieve the aims and goals of the Foundation.
  • To provide continuity and promote confidence in the Foundation’s projects and objectives.
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What are our main Aims and Goals?

  • To be directly involved in the care of children in need and the provision of facilities, training, education and tender loving care.
  • To promote and assist with providing guidance, training and education for all young people, in aspects that will improve their spiritual, moral, social and physical skills and knowledge, thereby helping to prevent troubled young minds.
  • To promote and assist with providing guidance, training and education for adults in aspects of child care that are presently under-emphasised or neglected.
  • To promote all aspects of children’s rights, and in particular their right to protection from abuse of any kind by adults and their right to loving care.
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The specific Aims & Goals of this Project

  • To set up and establisha child-care centre in a suitable environment that covers:
  • A peaceful country/farm atmosphere that is conducive to providing the therapeutical and spiritual healing necessary;
  • A “Place of Safety” to provide loving support and care for children in need of temporary care;
  • A home/homes for children in need of more permanent care;
  • A home to provide support and loving care for unmarried teenage mothers and their infants who are in need of care and assistance;
  • A fully equipped nursery and facilities for abandoned infants in need of temporary loving care;
  • The necessary infrastructure to provide facilities for recreation and training for the children of the centre;
  • Facilities on the farm to compliment as far as possible the supply of fresh food and produce for the centre.
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We support, promote and assist:

  • Focus on the Family Ministry
  • The Muscular Dystrophy Research Foundation of S.A.
  • The Child Protection Unit of the S.A.P.
  • Die Christelike Maatskaplike Raad
  • Child and Family Welfare Organisations
  • The Woodlands Mission

We also work in conjunction with

The N.G. Kerk “Die Vleie” Outreach Commission

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Please Note!

The next slide is INTERACTIVE and contains links to other slides to enable you to get more details on each individual subject or item.

Links on Slides

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Further Links

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What we Do!

(Click on Individual arrows to find out more!)

Tender Loving Child Care

Care of Abandoned Infants and Infants in need of care

Provide a Place of Safety

Overall Education of Children

Provide Crisis Pregnancy Care

Muscular Dystrophy Support Group

Child Care guidance, support and education

Home for Unmarried Teenage Mothers

Guidance, Support and Training for youths

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What we Have Done!

  • During the 14 years that The Stephen Green Foundation has been operating in Hoekwil area the following has been achieved.
    • Provided a home in residential care for 41 children, boys and girls between the ages of 6 and 19.
    • Provided financial support for 65 children.
    • Provided medical care to 52 children.
    • Provided specialized medical care (psychological) to 7 children.
    • Provided special counselling and guidance to 58 children.
    • Provided Spiritual guidance to +/- 245 children.
    • Provided on-going support, help and guidance to 26 families.

When it comes to Children – We Care – Care until Independence

The Stephen Green Foundation is a non-profit making organization equipped to manage this Ministry in a legal and ethical manner.

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Please Note!

The next slide is INTERACTIVE and contains links to other slides to enable you to get more details on each individual subject or item.

Links on Slides

Linked Slide

More Info

Further Links

More Info

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The Stephen Green Foundation

- RESIDENTIAL CHILD CARE CENTER -

Child Care Units

Infant Care Unit

Home for Unmarried Mothers

Click on the blocks for more details

Bunkhouse

Administration

(Office, Training

Councelling)

Chapel

Place of Safety

Farm Buildings

And

Workshops (3)

Map

- Proposed Initial Configuration -

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Thank you for your interest in our Child Care Project

For more information, or to become part of our team

PLEASE CONTACT US

The Stephen Green Foundation

P.O. Box 127 Hoekwil 6538 South Africa

E-Mail [email protected]

Phone (044) 850 1043

Fax (044) 850 1343

residential infant care unit
Residential Infant Care Unit

Goals & Philosophy

The purpose of this unit is to provide for Tender, Loving Care based on sound Christian morals and values in a Residential Infant Care Unit for abandoned infants and infants in need of care.

All over our country, babies and infants lie in hospitals, abandoned and in need of tender, loving care. Very often, for long periods. The vital importance in the development of these children in this critical time, for contact and loving care is a cause for great concern.

The goal of the Residential Infant Care Center is to provide a home environment for these children where they can receive the tender, loving care that they require and at the same time, the very best shot at life! Our job is to support, care for, guide, protect, enrich, help and in general, provide the very best T.L.C. that we can for the child.

All of this while remembering that our philosophy is to provide –

Care until Independence.

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The Overall Education of Children & Young People

  • We are involved in the overall education of children to assist in the formation of true and good VALUES, MORALS and IDEALS based on Christian Principles, covering:
  • Social Skills.
  • Basic Life Skills.
  • Good Health and Personal Hygiene.
  • Sports, Arts and Crafts.
  • Other Handicrafts.
  • Leadership and Inter-relational Skills.
  • Adolescent Preparation, Guidance and Education based on Abstinence before marriage.
  • Preservation and Conservation of Natural Resources.
  • Getting the most out of life.
  • Music and other forms of art

All of this, using the therapeutic value of the natural, rural, farm/forest type environment.

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An Approach to the Education of the Children & Young People of the Center

For practical reasons, as well as to provide the very best form of education for the children of the center, it is proposed that the A.C.E. education system be implemented. The children will be schooled at the center by suitable trained personnel.

  • Benefits
  • A good, Christian education
  • The children progress according to their ability.
  • They can grow in environment free from the negative influences of a normal public school.
  • Better use of the extra free time available through not having to travel to and from school.
  • Substantial financial savings in both transport and schooling costs, including uniforms.
  • Better control over the children in our care, their education and discipline.
  • The very best, practical approach to the education of our special children.

A technical education using the facilities at the Center will be available to children who would benefit by this.

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Training to be provided in 3 Workshops

As part of the Child Care Center

Also useful for maintenance on the farm

Engineering Workshop

For General Skills

Woodworking Workshop

Maintenance and also a useful trade

Blacksmith Workshop

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Training

Over a period of 47 years of working with youngsters, the need to provide some form of training, or occupational therapy for older boys has often arisen. The reason for this is:

  • To keep them occupied, whilst sorting out other problems.
  • To teach them skills that will assist in their independence.
  • As a form of occupational therapy to help heal troubled young minds.
  • To provide a means of learning to ‘do their bit for the home.’
  • As a source of income for the Center and the families.
  • To assist with the maintenance on the farm and the Center.

To be achieved by the provision of the Engineering, Woodworking and Blacksmith workshops. We have an immediate need for these facilities, and the provision thereof will be of immense educational and therapeutic value.

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The Stephen Green Foundation

Residential Home for Unmarried Mothers

Goals and Philosophy:

The purpose of this unit is to provide Tender, Loving Care based on sound Christian morals and values in a Residential Home for Unmarried Teenage Mothers and their babies.

Specifically aimed at catering for the needs of pregnant teenagers who land up in a Crisis Pregnancy situation without the support of their families or where for various reasons, the family refuses or is unable to provide the necessary support.

The goal of this Residential Care Center is to provide a loving, caring and supportive home environment for these young girls where they can receive the tender, loving care that they require and at the same time supporting, councelling and guiding them through the pregnancy and assisting them to get the best shot at life for both themselves, and their babies. Whilst one of our aims is to guide those who wish to arrange for alternative care or adoption, the provision of guidance in baby and infant care will be a prime goal for young birthmothers in this center who intend raising the child themselves. Our job is to be there for them whilst assisting them to handle the crisis situation that they are in. It is important to understand that we will be caring for two lives in this instance and always remembering that our philosophy is to provide –

Care until Independence.

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The Stephen Green Foundation

Residential Child Care Homes

Goals and Philosophy:

The purpose of these units is to provide Tender, Loving Care based on sound Christian morals and values in a Residential Care Unit or home unit for children in need of care.

Children very seldom land up in this situation due to any cause of their own. It is almost always due to circumstances beyond their control.

The goal of the Residential Care Center is to provide a home environment for these children where they can receive the tender, loving care that they require and at the same time, the very best shot at life! Our job is to support, care for, guide, protect, educate, help and in general, provide the very best T.L.C. that we can for the child.

All of this while remembering that our philosophy is to provide –

Care until Independence.

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The Stephen Green Foundation

Bunkhouse for Older Boys

Goals and Philosophy:

The purpose of this unit is to provide a base for older boys whose circumstances have resulted in them ‘dropping out’ or not being able to fit into a normal education system. Tender, Loving Care based on sound Christian morals and values in a more ’independent’ situation, whilst providing training in skills (including life skills).

Children very seldom land up in this situation due to any cause of their own. It is almost always due to circumstances beyond their control.

The goal of this unit is to provide a home environment for these children where they can receive the tender, loving care that they require and at the same time, the very best shot at life! Our specific aim is to give them guidance and a start where they can go out into the world and support themselves.

All of this while remembering that our philosophy is to provide –

Care until Independence.

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The Stephen Green Foundation

Residential Place of Safety

  • Goals and Philosophy:
  • The purpose of these slides are to provide findings and an overview and guide to the requirements for the provision of Tender, Loving Care based on sound Christian morals and values in a Residential Place of Safety, particularly as these are all traumatized children.
  • Specifically aimed at catering for the needs of short-term care for children in need thereof, in a Place of Safety, where THAT is the specific goal.
  • The goal of this Residential Care Center is to provide a loving, caring and supportive home environment for these children where they can receive the tender, loving care that they require and at the same time supporting, councelling and guiding them through this traumatic period in their lives. In the past 15 or so years I have conducted various studies relating to Places of Safety, as well as having been involved in the placing of children in such an environment. One fact was very obvious – there simply aren’t sufficient facilities to cater for the need in South Africa, and it is extremely difficult and traumatic to place a child, often of necessity in a hurry, in such a facility. I have had to deal with desperate situations that were created by the unavailability of a place in the available Places of Safety in our country. Some of the main problems involved are as follows:
    • There simply aren’t sufficient facilities available.
    • Those that are, are often far from the child’s home, family and friends.
    • (Continued)
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The social workers and Children’s Court presiding over the child are not able to retain easy contact and control if the child is placed in a home that is far away. Very often these people are the only link with security that the child has.

    • Most of the Places of Safety in South Africa have a very large percentage of residents who have been placed there due to serious behavioral problems, including criminal offences and sexual misdemeanors. This is simply NOT the type of environment to place an abused or traumatized child. Experience has proved that many of these facilities and institutions abound with sexual harassment and abuse by the inmates themselves.
    • A genuine Place of Safety, where the child can feel loved, safe and cared for is an essential need in the development of a Child Care Center by the Stephen Green Memorial Foundation.
  • Whereas some of the children requiring placement in a Place of Safety could well fit into, and be accommodated in one of our residential child care homes, most children in this position are fairly, or even severely traumatized. These children require a more specialized type of care. The basic principles of Tender, Loving Care still apply, but with a special form of empathy towards traumatized boys and girls. Love, patience, sensitivity and understanding are needed to provide for the needs of these wards whilst their lives are brought under some form of control, usually with intervention from the Children’s Court.
  •  It should be born in mind that there is a fairly high degree of responsibility that goes with the care that we will provide in this unit, first and foremost, the responsibility to the children themselves.
  •  It is important to understand that we will be caring for traumatized children for relatively short periods in this instance, and always remembering that our philosophy is to provide –
  • Care until Independence.
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We Provide Support

To families and victims of Duchenne

Muscular Dystrophy

Our support team is made up of caring Christians with experience in councelling caring, physiotherapy and support for these special children and their families.

This team is also available for support in all cases of terminal illness in children.

- When it comes to God’s Children – We Care -

We support the work of The Muscular Dystrophy Research Foundation

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We provide Guidance, Support and Education

In all aspects of Child Care

By promoting true Christian, family values and morals with specific emphasis on the value of the traditional family, abstinence before marriage and the value of all forms of human life. We also believe in the importance of the overall education of our children and the importance of preparing them to meet all the challenges that life holds

We subscribe to the mission, guiding principles and core values of Focus on the Family

For more details about Focus on the Family:

Phone (031) 716 3300 / 0860 339 333 Fax (031) 716 3333

Or their website : www.safamily.co.za or www.family.org

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We Provide Support

For Crisis Teenage Pregnancy

Our support team is made up of caring Christians with experience in councelling, caring, physiotherapy and support for these unfortunate young girls and their families.

We provide councelling, support and guidance whilst helping these unfortunate girls to handle the situation that they are in. Guidance is available throughout the pregnancy, and practical support is provided where appropriate and available.

In no way do we support abortion, but promote the choice of alternate care (adoption), where appropriate.

- When it comes to God’s Children – We Care -

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Residential Infant Care Unit

Goals & Philosophy

The purpose of this unit is to provide for Tender, Loving Care based on sound Christian morals and values in a Residential Infant Care Unit for abandoned infants and infants in need of care.

All over our country, babies and infants lie in hospitals, abandoned and in need of tender, loving care. Very often, for long periods. The vital importance in the development of these children in this critical time, for contact, enrichment and loving care is a cause for great concern.

The goal of the Residential Infant Care Center is to provide a home environment for these children where they can receive the tender, loving care that they require and at the same time, the very best shot at life! Our job is to support, care for, guide, protect, enrich, help and in general, provide the very best T.L.C. that we can for the child.

All of this while remembering that our philosophy is to provide –

Care until Independence.

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Farm Buildings

Store 1

Vehicles & Implements

Milking Shed & Dairy

Click on these links too!

Store 2

Feeds and General Store

Calf Pens & Stables

Pigs, Sheep & Poultry Sheds

Click on Workshops for more details

Workshops

Engineering

Woodworking

Blacksmith

Map

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Office & Admin. Building

This building will house the following:

Administration Office – Reception

Executive Officers Office

Conference Room – Training Center

Councelling Office

Library

Medical Examination Facility

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The Chapel

The Christian Base

Devotions

Quiet Place

Services

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