Since 1986, James House has been caring for, protecting, and bringing hope into the lives of vulnerable children and young people, and their families.
Today, James House reaches about 800 people per year through its comprehensive range of services, which include therapeutic residential care for children who have been abused, neglected and abandoned, family preservation services, community-based care for orphans and vulnerable children, support for child-headed households and for grannies caring for orphans, after-school care programmes, and youth development programmes.
Our services are offered under the banner of three programmes, namely:
The Residential Programme, which serves children who cannot remain safely at home for a variety of reasons. Services offered include individual and group counselling and therapy for the children, various life skills programmes, educational support, and family preservation services
Isibindi (Zulu for ‘Courage’), which provides community-based care for orphans and vulnerable children. Services offered include facilitating access to HIV/AIDS and TB testing and counselling and anti-retroviral treatment, the provision of food parcels, assisting caregivers to access government grants, educational support, including the supply of stationery and uniforms and the payment of school transport costs, support for child-headed households and grannies caring for orphans, a vegetable garden, training to help families function independently, focusing on budgeting, health and hygiene, and nutrition, and after-school care programmes.
The Life Centre youth development programme, incorporating life skills programmes for unemployed young adults and vulnerable primary school children, wilderness programmes, assistance for young graduates from the programme to find employment or access further education and training, and the Sibanye Youth Club, which offers cultural, sporting and community service activities for young people.
How the H&M Removals/James House Donate-a-Box initiative will make a difference
Poverty and unemployment are common problems that cut across all our varied programmes and diverse client groups. Most of the families we work with live in shacks, and the overwhelming majority are single mother families. There are also a number of cases where children who have been orphaned as result of AIDS care for their younger siblings, and of elderly women who care for their orphaned grandchildren.
The combination of severe overcrowding in the community in which we work, the use of candles and paraffin lamps, dry summer conditions and high winds, make the community very prone to fire, and every summer, shacks burn down to the ground, and the families affected have to rebuild their lives from scratch.
Against this background, we are in need of almost every household item imaginable, as well as non-perishable foodstuffs, clothing, stationery and linen. Every donated item will find a home in need and will make a real difference in the lives of the most vulnerable members of society – children in need.
Registered NPO: 009-677