Newsletter Feb 2013

JUST ONE CHILD

Newsletter Feb 2013.

As we start the new year, we thought we should update all our supporters and donors on the progress of Just One Child NPC and of each child living in one of our houses.

Thabang House.:                    Housemother:   Mavis                       Assistant: Ida.

There are five children that live with Mavis.

Thembelihle Ngqavu  (Thembi.)  D.O.B 3/11/2001

Thembi is in  Grade six and attends the Wendywood Primary school in 2013. The school is  conveniently  situated only two blocks from Thabang House. Wendywood Primary is a government school, with reasonable fees.

Petra Dyonasi .D.O.B. 23/11/2001.

Petra is also in Grade six at the Wendywood Primary school.

Joseph Sizani  D.O.B.22/1/2002

Joseph is in grade five this year at St. Davids Marist Brothers. This is a private school which has given Joseph a bursary until matric. Joseph participated in various sports last year at school and seemed to enjoy being part of the Rowing Team.  He also took  a leading role  in a play during the first half of the year.

Siyabonga Nene  ( Bongi) D.O.B.22/11/2002

Bongi attends Unity College which is a special needs school. This school is situated about 20 kms north west of Thabang House. As a result , Bongi is taken in our minibus to a pick up point 10kms from our Thabang House where he collected by the Unity school bus. Unity is an expensive private School which thankfully gives us a 75% discount on its monthly fees. Despite this, with the school bus costs, it still costs R2500.00 per month. He really settled down nicely at the school in past years, but this year he seems a little unsettled with his new teacher. He is in the intermediate 2 class.

Ian Ntsindantsinde D.O.B. 17/2/2003

As many of you know, Ian has severe cerebral palsy. After an operation  on his ankles,and with splints on his shoes, he is now able to get around quite quickly and even runs at times. In 2011 he was at Sunshine nursery school but in 2012 was too old for the school.We placed him at a school for cerebral palsy children called Forest Town. However they said his level of cerebral palsy was too severe for him to cope at Forest Town. We eventually placed him at a special school in Alexandra in 2012 called Nokuthula, but they subsequently asked us to remove him as they believe he is also autistic, and they could not cope with him. As a result he is not at school this year yet as we are still trying to find one that will accept him.

Flatlet at Thabang House:           Mother: Margaret.

Thabang D.O.B.28/9/1999

Thabang is the child who has a severe heart defect and has had open heart surgery in the past. Despite his heart surgery, his heart is on his right hand side and he does not have the same stamina as other children. He has a mild form of Cerebral palsy as well, and he attends Forrest Town School. The school fees are also very high, but fortunately they only charge R1200.00 per month for Thabang.

Esther. D.O.B. 22/4/1996

Esther will turn 16 this year. She has returned to the rural areas to live with her Grandmother.

 

Lourdes House.                                         Housemother: Mercia Dipela.

Janet Adams D.O.B.31/3/2004

Janet Adams is in Grade Three at Wendywood Primary School this year.

Valentia Ngwenya D.O.B. 17/3/2003

Despite the fact that she is turning 11 this year, Valentia is a very small girl and looks more like an eight or nine year old. She is also at Unity College and catches the same school bus as Bongi. Her cost of schooling, although hugely discounted is also R2500.00 per month after discounts. She is in Intermediate one this year.

Mpho Mutapa 6/9/2003

Mpho has got  Treacher Collins Syndrome and was also born with a cleft palate and no properly formed ears. He turns ten years old this year and attends St. Vincents School for the deaf. The school charges R6000.00 per month but gives us a 80% discount, charging us R1200.00 per month. As a baby, he had surgery for his cleft palate. Subsequently he had surgery to have  Baha fitted, which is a titanium connection made though his skull ear and a hearing aid is attached to this. As a result he can hear and speak.

Monwabisi Rhadebe. D.O.B. 22/7/2006

Monwabisi is the youngest of all the children and started in Grade one this year. Despite the fact that we registered him in 2011 and again in March 2012 at the Rivonia and Wendywood schools, we were unable to get him into either school. These schools were the closest government schools and we have had to send him to a private school 20 kms from our house. While it is a lovely school, the monthly fees of R1800.00 per month and the fact that it is in the opposite direction to all the other schools has put more pressure on us.

Summary:

With Esther going to live with her grandmother, the number of children we care for has reduced to ten, eight of which have been placed at our homes by a court order.

We are thrilled that nine of the remaining children have progressed to their next grade at school and hope we are able to keep this momentum going. We need some prayers to help us find a place for Ian.

While many have various medical problems and three are hiv positive, their medications have been working effectively and there have been no major medical problems this past year. Unfortunately we still do not know what the long term effects of anti-retrovirals may be on children who have been receiving this medication from birth.

Gallo Manor nursery school.

The Gallo Manor Nursery school was originally taken over by the  Just One Child Organisation in October 2005. The reason was that many of the children from Just One Child were attending the school at a very cheap rate and the school was closing down. As a result we took over the running of the school on the basis that we had to spend money for the children of Just One Child to be able to attend the school.

By the end of 2011, we no longer needed a nursery school as all but one of the children were at primary school and because we had kept the rates at the school at a minimum to help the local community, many of whom lived in Alexandria, it was costing us about R10,000.00 per month to keep it running.

We were going to close on 16 December 2011, when an individual offered to try and help run the school for another year to see if we could make it a viable proposition again. Thus we ran it for another year, but unfortunately the net monthly cost was still in the R10,000.00 a month region, money which we could ill afford to spend considering we have ten growing children to care for., The school closed its doors for the last time on 30 November, 2012.

 

 

 

Just One Child Charity shop.

We have a charity shop on the premises of the Thabang House, which sells any goods that are donated to Just One Child which we cannot use. The shop costs  nothing to run as there is no rental and the gentleman who opens the shop on a Wednesday and Friday is not paid. The shop makes about R1000.00 per month, which certainly helps with our expenses. We are hoping to open the shop more regularly in 2012 and hopefully generate more income.

Monthly fixed costs

The monthly fixed costs of running Just One Child are as follows:

Salaries for 2 x Housemothers, assistant and driver:                      R20,000.00

Repayment of house.                                                                                           3,000.00

School Fees:    Wendywood               R1000.00

Spark.                                     1800.00

Unity                                      5000.00

Forest Town                         1200.00

St Vincents.                          1200.00                                    10,200.00

Rates and water                                                                                                   1,500.00

Food, clothing and cleaning.                                                                          5,000.00

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Minimum fixed monthly costs.                                                                    R39,700.00

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Thus if we average the costs across all ten children, the average cost per child is R4,000.00 per month. Bearing in mind that these children are getting the best schooling and medical assistance for each ones particular disability, this cost is well managed, we believe.

Where does the money come from?

At present we still have no fixed form of income, although we are involved in running another non profit company known as Lourdes House retirement home. This home which can accommodate 36 residents can make a profit of R20,000 to R30,000 per month if all rooms are occupied. Unfortunately this is never the case as we normally have between two and three rooms available.  However this is an area we are working on in future to try and generate income from this source for Just One Child. We have had a bad start to 2013 with a number of residents passing away and we currently have six rooms available , two of which are double rooms. Until we are able to fill these rooms, we will be running the home at a monthly loss.

Fortunately for Just One Child, Donors and sponsors very often appear when they are most needed. When we first started ten years ago, the bulk of the donations came from a group of supporters in the UK.  When the global economy declined in 2007, the international source of donations gradually dried up so that by 2008 we were receiving very little funds from the UK, America or Europe. In 2009 The Insurance Institute of Gauteng appointed Just One Child as one of the three charities it would support, the two other charities being an old age home an an animal shelter. This has helped us immensely over the past four years with us receiving R76,000.00 in the first year, and the amount growing each year so that last year we received R200,000!  This was unbelievable and yet without this superb contribution we do not know how we would have coped. Unfortunately 2012 was the last year that Just One Child will benefit from the Insurance Institute of Gauteng as they Institute rotates its sponsorship every three to four years to give more charities a chance of support. This does leave a big hole in our funding for 2013.

In November 2012 we received R130,000.00 from the Lotto Fund which was superb. We had four different  family donors in Australia who really surprised us with their very generous donations. In South Africa we also have a number of individuals and families who have been very generous with their donations. There are also Companies such as Investec Bank, Toyota Rivonia, Protea Hotels, Builders Warehouse, Reach for a dream, Woolworths, Woolworths Food, The Fruit Spot, Cheffettes, Tshwane Motgase Distributors, KBH Group who provided either very generous donations of cash, or provided entertainment or regular weekly provisions of food free of charge. There are also many individuals who have made a difference, and  special mention must be made of Dr Enrico Maraschin at Morningside Clinic, as well as Dr Hockman at Linksfield Clinic, who both not only treat our children for their medical problems free of charge, but also get their colleagues to do the same should they have to refer the children . There is also Mrs Marilyn Rozental who has done a huge amount to raise donations of various goods and collected many items for sale in the charity shop.Then there are literally hundreds of other people who have donated goods to the shop, helped entertain the children, helped the children with homework, assisted with transport etc, etc.

It is really amazing how we have received so much support and assistance in keeping Just One Child operational, and the fact that you have received this e-mail means that you are one of those people who have either done something to make a difference to our children’s lives, or you have requested more information to ascertain whether you can make a difference. Thanks to everyone who helped last year, your support is truly valued.

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