The Centre for the Disabled was established in 2008. It provides all-‐day care for children in the Du Noon Township of Cape Town and is the only one of its kind in the surrounding informal settlements. Currently the home cares for 34 disabled children between the ages of 18 months to 18 years old, ranging from those with mild physical and mental disabilities to children who are severely incapacitated. As many children in this underprivileged community have single or unemployed parents, they are subject to being left unattended and are vulnerable to abuse.
Miracles Happen ……
Through unwavering love, support and attention, miracles have been achieved. The centre provides more than constant care, it’s a safe haven. All too often stigmatized by society and cowered into silence, these disabled children radiate confidence and happiness. Many of them can perform tasks which some of their counterparts at government-funded special needs schools have never accomplished, like reading, counting and dancing.
• Learn about and work in a local township.
• Assisting the people that the rest of society does not understand or looks down on Learn how to look after physically and mentally disabled children.
• Make a large difference in a child’s life.
Information about the Children / Schools:
• Most of the children can speak English yet their home language may be Afrikaans or Xhosa.
• The children live in township called Dunoon.
• Children at the centre range from 2 – 18yrs.
• The children have a range of disabilities, including autism and celebral palsy.
Volunteers will help in the daily running of the programs for example:
• One on One classroom assistance
• Teaching classes
• Feeding the children
• Mind stimulation
• Volunteers will work 3 – 5 days a week with the Children
• Project starts: Every Monday
• Location: TableView, Cape Town
• Minimum duration: 4 weeks
Average Working Day:
The project runs for 3 – 5 days a week normally from Monday to Friday
The hours volunteers work will be dependent on the children they are working with.