Project Update: Village of Hope
Since having joined the Thembalitsha team in 2015, Tim Afrika, Project Manager had been tasked with the possibility of exploring Village of Hopes registration with the Department of Social Development.
In this time, trying to understand the registration process, Tim made contact with DSD’s regional head, Mr Jurine Blankenberg who had advised the exploration of various options while studying legislation. VOH was introduced to an array of Mr Blankenberg’s colleagues and fellow social workers within in the greater Grabouw area, resulting in well-established working relationships with all social work organisations, which we now hold today.
After a lengthy process, the application documents had been delivered to the DSD offices on the 21st September 2015 after which we received conditional registration for the 28th July 2016, which was then later extended to the 30th of June 2017. This July, Village of Hope has been granted full registration as a Child and Youth Care Centre until 30th June 2020.
· We are now entitled to apply for funding from the DSD. The funding covers costs per child and a part of the salary of the social worker. Thereafter a certain percentage (8% – 10%) would go towards administration costs.
· VOH will form part of DSD's quarterly engagements where a host of topics are discussed; funding cycles, centralised admission systems, behavioural challenges of children, an extension of court orders etc.
· VOH will have access to various support services from DSD.
· VOH will be invited to training workshops, seminars etc.
“I need to acknowledge Mr Blankenberg for his knowledge of registration processes as well and the contacts he holds in DSD, as well as Barbara and Lameez for researching information and contacting our associates for a letter of support, scanning loads of documentation, and safely storing all the information. It is because of all of this, that today we have blue prints of all these processes.” – Tim Afrika