Youth and Children Program

KZNCC WORK ON YOUTH AND CHILDREN

We have a fully functioning office rendering support to Youth, Orphans and Vulnerable Children. The matters of concern in our Province are:

 

  1. Orphans

“A combination of political violence and the spread of HIV/AIDS left KZN with the highest number of orphans among the provinces.”Dr Zweli Mkhize, Minister of Health.

 

  1. Children  in Prostitution

The Network against Child Labour reported in 2018 that there were 67,000 children engaged in prostitution in South Africa. Recent media reports indicate that child prostitution is rampant in Durban and Pietermaritzburg in KZN. In Imbali, Dambuza and Richmond areas KZNCC is facing difficulties regarding when discouraging prostitution and transactional sex involving sugar daddies. In these cases guardians or neighbours very much welcome sugar daddies because they say they also benefit material paybacks in the form of alcohol, cigarettes or food.

 

                                                                                                    

  1. Child/Youth Headed Homes

UNICEF estimates that there are 150,000 child headed homes in SA. According to a Department of Social Development report in 2006, only 6% of these households had a member of older than 15 yrs.

  1. Street Children and youth in substance abuse.

In KwaZulu Natal there are over 6000 kids living in streets. Reports indicate that some of these children were more than 10 years on the streets, with no ID’s, no employment; turning to petty crime to survive.

  1. Children/Youth affected by human Trafficking

According to the SAPS Missing Persons Bureau a child goes missing in SA every 6 hours. These children are used in prostitution or in gruesome rituals

  1. Youth  in Trouble with the Law

“SA’s child prisoners are being detained in appalling conditions-locked up 13 hours per day, denied education and access to social workers and psychologists, and being viciously assaulted` (Report by the Civil Society Prison Reform Initiative)

-It was also found that 85% of Prison Officials dealing with children had no training to work with children

  1. Teenage pregnancies / Children having Children

Teenage pregnancy is common where female children at the ages of 12 to 14 years of age are reported to be pregnant and bearing children. In 2012 at one school in Zululand 65 children got pregnant. It is estimated that one in three girls has had a baby by the age of 20. (David Harrison CEO, LoveLife)

-In some schools in KZN 60-70% of girls are pregnant. Associated activities in these schools are drug abuse, gang activities and coercion.

 

                       

Our Objectives are:

Promote the wellbeing, resilience and dignity of children who live in exceptionally difficult circumstances and are not easily accessible because of their location, their work or their circumstances.

 

  • Mobilize local churches, local ecumenical organizations, local business and local families to practically contribute sustainable solutions to the plight of children at risk, protect children and promote children’s rights. (Strengthening community based initiatives and social safety nets);Workshops to develop skills of children, raise awareness and educate communities so that there is an increased respect of children’s rights.Strengthen existing strategic networking and partnerships among stakeholders in order to exchange and expand knowledge, skills and experience, strengthen capacity building and lobbying and advocacy for child rights and increase human and institutional resource mobilisation by December 2019;
  • Increase child participation where appropriate in all issues that concern them from community, district to provincial level, considering their evolving capacities;

Increase the percentage of children with birth certificates in KZN by at least 25% by December 2019;Increase new school enrolment of OVC in KZN by at least 25% by December 2019, while ensuring retention of OVC in primary and secondary schools;

Increase access to nutritious food, health services, shelter, water and sanitation for all OVC by December 2020;

Reduce the number of children who live outside of a family environment by at least 25% by December 2020 (this includes children living without adult guidance, children living on the streets, and children in institutions).Street Children are exposed to risks such as substance abuse, prostitution, health hazards and crime.