KIDS Care and Support Trust (KCST) is a Community Based Organization, working in 3 different townships/areas Rethabiseng, Refilwe and Zithobeni, addressing around 450 children, who are infected or affected by HIV/AIDS. And this number of children is still growing rapidly.
KCST has implemented a holistic programme, which focused especially on the resilience and the well being of the child, including psycho social support, feeding scheme, camps, after school activities, homework supervision, support groups, bereavement counselling, etcetera. This programme is led by Child Care Workers, who are trained volunteers and they are the role model, surrogate mother/father, friend and counsellor for the children. They receive only a small stipend for their services.
They have care centres in the three areas mentioned above where they minister to the needs of these children. Since 2005 Emmanuel (and later Grace) have been coming alongside to assist. Our main focus has been an annual Christmas party. This outreach has two arms:
- The party itself which caters for 120-150 primary school kids
- The gift boxes (we have done up to 300 boxes) so that each child at the party gets a box, but that there are boxes for other children who could not come to the party.
The banking details: Kids Care and Support Trust
FNB Cheque acc: 62179098043
Branch Code 270350
Ref: Feeding Scheme.
The PBO number for the tax returns is as follows: 930026795
Here’s a poem Theo found published on http://www.hlanganani.org.za/kidscorner.php while researching Kids Care Support and Trust:
My Mom was good when it was bad
My mom was everything
My Mom was a solution when I had a problem
My mom was a light in the dark
My mom was a smile when I was sad
My mom was my strength when I was weak
She was a shoulder to cry on when I cried;
MY umbrella when it was raining
My mom was a blanket when it was cold
Mom was plan B when I did not have plan A.
She was my tears when I was crying,
She was my patience when I was impatient.
My mom was the best amongst the rest.
She was a rainbow after the rain
There is one thing that my mom could not be and
if she was able to be, she should have been…… and that is me!
My mom was my inspiration;
She was my encourager when I was discouraged
My mom was a lady of dignity!
She was my voice when I could not speak
My mom was my compass when I lost direction.
My mom made dreams come true;
She made every moment turn into a success.
She gave me a life full of opportunities and left it in my hands.
So now it is up to me whether I make use of them or do I drop them and leave them behind. ASK YOURSELF!
That’s a question!
By John S. (17 years ) from Refilwe
Kids Care and Support Trust
This is what makes supporting this work so important.