Thursday, March 19, 2015

Teaching kids they are special

Lerato Mmethi from the Teddy Bear Clinic

According to The Teddy Bear Clinic, every three minutes a child is raped in South Africa.
 It was with this in mind that Carryou Ministry and two interns from the University of Johannesburg arranged an education session for the kids at the creche at the Elandsvlei Drop-in Centre on the outskirts of Randfontein.
 "The event was part of World Social Work Day on 18 March," says Bachelor of Social Work student, Portia Thulo, who, together with fellow student, Precious Maleka, was involved in putting the event together.
 University students studying for a Bachelor of Social Work degree are required to complete practical and field work.
 As such, the University of Johannesburg works closely with Carryou Ministry and two third year students are currently attached to our organisation.
 Trainers from the Teddy Bear Clinic in Krugersdorp used dolls to teach the tots that their bodies are special and they must not allow themselves to be touched inappropriately.
"Child abuse is a huge problem in many societies and we believe children need to be taught right from wrong at an early age," says Precious Maleka.
 "I believe we have taken an important step in the lives of these kids," says Carryou Ministry General Manager, Rev. Lawrence Mabaso, "and we will certainly be exploring the possibilities of working with the Teddy Bear Clinic, to take this information to other schools and facilities in the area."

 The Teddy Bear Clinic offers resources and assistance to abused children. Visit their website for more information or help.

The drivers of the event. (l - r) Patrick Zulu (Teddy Bear Clinic), Sarah Moshoeti (Teddy Bear Clinic), Portia Thulo (University of Johannesburg), Lerato Mmethi (Teddy Bear Clinic), Brenda Nahola (Carryou Ministry), Rev. Lawrence Mambaso (Carryou Ministry)

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