The Eastern Province Child and Youth Care Centre was founded in 1889 and is the oldest centre of its kind in the Nelson Mandela Bay. Our mission is to develop, empower, restore and reunite displaced children and youth to function purposely as well adjusted and productive citizens within their communities. In total we accommodate 80 children of all races between the ages of 4 and 18 years of age.
Our centre consists of 7 cottages caring for between 11 to 12 children per cottage. 80 Children between the ages of 4 to 18 years are provided with daily residential care and balanced meals by our 16 child and youth care workers.
Our special needs children attend schools like Merryvale, Westview and Happydale. Children are assessed by a psychologist to ensure correct placement.
Children need structure and routine and thus the basis is formed for discipline and accepting rules and boundaries. Focus is placed on strengths and acceptable behavior rather than on punishment and enforcing rules.
Basic health care related services are provided by our nurse who ensures that high health and hygiene standards are maintained. We also utilise both the state and the private health care sector to enlist the services of medical professionals.
In order for our children to develop into well rounded people, they must also be given the opportunity to grow spiritually. We have good relationships with various church groups in the community and children attend church services on a regular basis.
The Centre’s primary objective is to positively impact the lives of others via the empowerment of unemployed, underprivileged youth aged 18-25 in vocational skills and social development programs.
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