Children are protected from abuse and neglect, are treated with dignity, are equipped to thrive within healthy and resilient families and are self-motivated to contribute positively to their community.
Masizame is a public, non-profit organisation established with the following aims and objectives:
2.1 to ensure that vulnerable children in the Greater Plettenberg Bay jurisdiction are protected from abuse and neglect and are treated with dignity;
2.2 to empower vulnerable children to reach their full potential by providing a range of high quality services including intervention, counselling, promoting family reintegration and developing resilient families.
2.3 to provide a Residential Child and Youth Care centre staffed by qualified child and youth care workers and appropriate ancillary staff which offers a comprehensive therapeutic programme incorporating a developmental approach in compliance with minimum standards as defined in Chapter 15, Sections 191-212 of the Children’s Act 2005 (Act No. 38 of 2005, as amended);
2.4 to provide a Drop-In centre as an outreach for vulnerable children and youth offering intervention and counselling services to make available positive recreational diversions, literacy, numeracy, life skills and practical job skills, to vulnerable young people so as to prepare them to lead productive, positive and community-oriented lives;
2.5 to provide a ECD Programme as an outreach service to orphaned and vulnerable children (OVC) infected and affected by HIV/AIDS and other chronic conditions by means of comprehensive early childhood development (ECD), feeding, hygiene and social skills programmes and supporting their families by enhancing their parenting skills;
2.6 to work in partnership with grant makers, donors, community members, faith based organisations and social service organisations, with enthusiasm, commitment, and integrity.
2.7 to operate with compassion, and be recognised as a proactive, transparent, cost-effective, team orientated organisation that is responsive to the changing needs of the vulnerable children in our community while making maximum use of its limited resources.
Some 15 million rural South Africans remain trapped in poverty, due to the social engineering of apartheid and the priority given to urban industries in the government’s economic policies. Reversing the damage of apartheid’s economic and educational policies and bridging the gap between rural and urban communities is a daunting challenge. Rural communities endure underdeveloped local infrastructure and an inability to communicate effectively through modern means, due to their physical location, with limited fixed line telephone access, no access to the Internet and inadequate cell phone signal coverage. Furthermore, the development of education standards and facilities in rural communities has been stunted by apartheid policy and limited improvement in the post-apartheid era.
In the understanding that development means the development of people , it is our objective to provide disadvantaged communities with the necessary tools and information to bring about their own development, and, in doing so , improve educational and economic standards in their communities.
To continually strive to be leaders and advocates in the field of disability, through service excellence and efficiency for children, their families and communities.
Sunshine Association is committed to empowerment, development and inclusion of children with intellectual disabilities and developmental delays in partnership with families and communities.