Item No.1 South Africa, Care Givers for Vulnerable Children

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    Care givers project


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    A care values Board

    There is tremendous appetite for VIHASA in South Africa.  Bea Juries the Programme Director for the Novalis Obuntu Institute/Gale Hansen the country coordinator  ran the full VIHASA Programme in 2011, one module a month  from April to November, for Caregivers who work with vulnerable children. These include institutionalised children, youth awaiting trial and children infected and affected by HIVAIDS.

    For the carers,  the needs of the children in their care come first and supercede their own personal needs, even family. There is a stoic acceptance bordering on servitude; the care work is not regarded as duty and is carried out with dedication and without much compliant. Given this, the final module 'Valuing Yourself'  came as a wake up call and for the participants who had attended previous sessions, this  was a culmination of months of training and growth in their personal and professional lives.

    The response to the training as a whole was extremely positive.