Ndlovu Nutritional units
The first Ndlovu Nutritional Unit (NNU) was established in 1996 and three more strategically placed NNU’s soon followed with a fifth recently at the Ndlovu Bloempoort Mini Campus. 1 out 4 children grow up stunted due to malnourished.
The Ndlovu Pre-Schools apply the government approved Early Childhood Development approach, which is an innovative and inspiring approach to early childhood education.
The Ndlovu Chill Hubs were established to be the natural follow-up centre for school-going children and youth to attend.The Chill Hubs offer computer training, after school tutoring, IT training, a library, and a safe space to spend afternoonsand school breaks with a full time Social Worker in attendance.
Orphaned & Vulnerable Children and Child Headed Households
In South Africa 3.7 million children are labelled as “Orphaned and Vulnerable Children” of which 150 000 live in “Child Headed Households”. According to the different levels of the Maslow Hierarchy of Needs children are provided with physiological, safety and security needs continuing towards normalization. The families in these households have been supplied with the means to develop and maintain vegetable gardens to be self-sufficient, but lack of skills and lack of access to water remain a problem to upkeep sustained gardens. These children continue to receive Ndlovu Social Work Services including assistance to secure official identity documents (many children lost parents before acquiring their ID’s), access social grants, which in most cases is the only source of income for the household. Most of these children have matured, found jobs, etc and are now documented citizens of SA and are still in the Ndlovu Child Care Program.
Community Disability and Rehabilitation Program
Ndlovu Care group provides an integrated care for the disabled which is very family orietnated in a day-care centre. An Occupational Therapist makes an individual program for each of the admitted children and teaches the well trained Community Health Workers how to implement the therapy.
The disabled children are often double handicapped with severe mental and physical limitations.
The Community Health Care Worker is the educator of the mother/caregiver who is fully involved in the therapy so that at home the care can continue on a daily basis. The children are daily provided with nutritious meals at the centre.
The Community Rehabilitation for the Disabled Program also enters into the houses of the disabled children and facilitates improved living circumstances through the provision of ramps, walking frames, security beds, a bath in the house and teaches all the family members how to assist in the improvements.
Having a Disabled Child is in our community still a problematic, stigmatised issue. Therefore our community Health Workers also go into the community and have an awareness program entering into community dialogues to create a different perception.