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South Africa: Durban, one of the most prosperous cities in South Africa, is a magnet for very many children and young people from peri-urban or rural areas. However, children hoping for a better life are soon exposed to the dangers on the streets of Durban. We support the street children project Tennyson House, run by our local partner Youth for Christ/KwaZulu-Natal, an organisation that has been working mainly with girls since 1996. Please support our on-site project work with a donation or sponsor a child.
We work together with the organisation “Youth for Christ/KwaZulu-Natal” (YFC/KZN) dedicated to working with street children since 1996. YFC/KZN carries out projects for and with homeless and endangered young people and their families. These families generally come from the surrounding areas of Durban and Pietermaritzburg.
Tennyson House is the only street children project that supports girls in Durban. The girls are between the ages of ten and 25. The project work includes:
Returning to the family home: It soon becomes apparent which girls are unwilling to return home expecting that they will be disciplined and which girls find it more difficult or even impossible to go home immediately. The Tennyson House staff is in close contact with state social workers and the courts. Tennyson House develops an individual plan for each girl to plan steps that will enable her to return to the family home. Interim steps include weekends home stays and workshops at the Tennyson House. The parents are invited to talk about issues such as parent-child relationships, violence and sexuality.
Preventative work: Tennyson House places particular importance on preventive measures to ensure that youths don’t end up on the street in the first place. “Drop-in centres” have been set up in recent years in several locations around Durban where children can do their homework, take part in recreational activities or education courses on HIV/AIDS. The children’s parents are also involved and are encouraged to visit courses on how to effectively deal with their problems. Families in which one or both parents are sick or dying are provided with active assistance and support.
Project No. 72281