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Give a Child a Family

Give a Child a Family

Give a Child a Family (GCF) is a registered Child Protection Organisation, Non-Profit Organisation and Public Benefit Organisation. GCF was established in 1992 in Margate, on the South Coast of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. GCF acknowledges that various stakeholders play a role in providing an effective Child Protection System and that holistic service should be available to orphaned and vulnerable children and families at risk. For the past 25 years we have developed and implemented Child Protection and ensured that children are safe and secure, wherever they are.

Programmes implemented include:

Child Protection Services
GCF CHILD PROTECTION SERVICES, is a Community Service for early intervention and preventative programmes focusing on empowering children, women, youth and families.  Here GCF aims to PROTECT, PROVIDE AND PROMOTE Family Strengthening, Adoption, Family & Foster Care, Protective Behaviour, Child & Youth Protection.

Integrated Development Programmes
GCF DEVELOPMENT (“Unlocking African Potential”), Development and Training.  GCF recognizes that within every African there is great potential to solve their own issues.  The process just needs to be DEFINED, DEVELOPED and DEMONSTRATED via mentorship and relationships.  Training is provided in Good Governance, Organisational Capacity Building, Training of Trainers, Social Community Dialogues, Social Justice and CPD Training for Social Services Professionals.

Temporary Safe Care
GCF TEMPORARY SAFE CARE is for orphans and vulnerable and abandoned children. This is where GCF aims to RESCUE, RESTORE AND REINTEGRATE children back into the community.

 

Please list links to your Website and Social Media Platforms here:

Give a Child a Family
Give a Child a Family Facebook
https://twitter.com/GiveChildFamily
Instagram
Linkedin

 

Describe in detail what your Organisation does:

 

  • Give a Child a Family (GCF) is a registered Child Protection Organisation, Non-Profit Organisation and Public Benefit Organisation. GCF was established in 1992 in Margate, on the South Coast of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. GCF acknowledges that various stakeholders play a role in providing an effective Child Protection System and that holistic services should be available to orphaned and vulnerable children and families at risk. For the past 25 years we have developed and implemented Child Protection and ensured that children are safe and secure, wherever they are.Programmes implemented include:

    Child Protection Services
    GCF CHILD PROTECTION SERVICES, is a Community Service for early intervention and preventative programmes focusing on empowering children, women, youth and families.  Here GCF aims to PROTECT, PROVIDE AND PROMOTE Family Strengthening, Adoption, Family & Foster Care, Protective Behaviour, Child & Youth Protection.

    Integrated Development Programmes
    GCF DEVELOPMENT (“Unlocking African Potential”), Development and Training.  GCF recognizes that within every African there is great potential to solve their own issues.  The process just needs to be DEFINED, DEVELOPED and DEMONSTRATED via mentorship and relationships.  Training is provided in Good Governance, Organisational Capacity Building, Training of Trainers, Social Community Dialogues, Social Justice and CPD Training for Social Services Professionals.

    Temporary Safe Care
    GCF TEMPORARY SAFE CARE is for orphans and vulnerable and abandoned children. This is where GCF aims to RESCUE, RESTORE AND REINTEGRATE children back into the community.

 

How long has your Organisation been operational?

 

  • 25 years

 

In your opinion, what has been the most challenging aspect of running your Organisation?

 

  • Political instability in KZN (government support and assistance with regards to funds) and fundraising in general for operational costs.

 

Describe your Nonprofit Journey in three words:

 

  • Rewarding, challenging, voiceless (government)

 

Do you collaborate with other Causes? If yes, would you like to mention them?

 

  • UNICEF – SA (Cash, Care and Protection) and Mozambique (Deinstitutionalisation)
    Interact – Social Justice (Rights and Responsibilities for children)
    Hope and Homes UK – Deinstitutionalisation
    Lakarmissionen – Governance and Funding
    Protective Behaviours SA – Child Protection
    Schools, SAPS (Anti-rape forums), local governments (Rights of the Child), Faith Based Organisations (Child Protection Policies)

 

If you had one Organisation wish, what would it be?

 

  • For people to really understand our cause and how much this is needed for child friendly communities and society.

 

In your opinion, which skills do Nonprofits in your Country lack?

 

  • Management skills and fundraising skills (Governance)

 

Looking back at your Cause Journey, what advice would you give a newbie Organisation?

 

  • Be willing to push to do the right things (professionally) without losing the heart and the passion of your cause.

 

If you could change one thing about the Nonprofit Landscape, what would it be?

 

  • NGO’s should be separated from DSD, it shouldn’t be under Government, it should be an administrative function.

 

Which Cause achievement are you most proud of? Feel free to elaborate on why and include any links

 

  • We developed a foster care programme from scratch (when there was nothing) and how that lead to things like working in other countries (Namibia, Mozambique, Kenya, Ethiopia, Rwanda, Burundi, Tanzania, Zambia, CAR, Swaziland, Uganda). That lead to us developing family strengthening programmes (parenting skills, coping with death and trauma, healthy living, food gardens) and that lead to working in the communities (schools, FBO’s, Social Justice) and all boils down to children in secure families and communities.

 

Last question, if your friends had to describe your Organisation in three words, which would they use?

 

  • Amazing, professional, excellent


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