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Pastor Watt writes the following about the uMephi Project, and we would like to share it with you:
“Some see a hopeless end.
Umephi sees an endless hope!”
The uMephi managing team is one of the organizations in South Africa which carries the vision to comprehensively change the destiny of orphans in South Africa in a significant way. Their strategy for these children is called the uMephi Project and focuses on giving children new homes and families where they will grow up under the guidance of caring substitute parents.
The goal is to ensure that an orphan is raised in the same environment of normality as any other child that is fortunate enough to be cared for by its biological parents. This strategy has the following benefits:
· These orphans are proud to be human. Being brought up within a family life brings them on par with anybody with whom they interact on a daily basis
· Being cared for by parents who have the passion to dedicate themselves to children, and to assure them of a quality of life that matches any other normal household standard around them
· As much as orphans are negatively affected by the trauma of losing their biological parents, these fragile children recover remarkably when the parents they have lost are replaced by parents who have been professionally trained through the uMephi project to nurture them until they reach maturity. They behave as normal as any other child around them.
· The compassion of other role players within the uMephi project also ensures that these children are given an opportunity to equip themselves for a bright future. Bursaries are granted to those who have the aspiration to study at a tertiary establishment. Others have the opportunity to be trained by institutions that specialize in specific skills development. Once qualified, efforts are made to ensure that these grown up children will be employed to earn their own income.
· Furthermore, these children are given proper medical care and if any other specialised attention is required it is caringly given to them.
THE UMEPHI STRATEGY
The uMephi strategy consists of three disciplines. The question of caring for orphans is more complex than most people may think.
The FIRST discipline is that a typical orphan, as described above, is cared for in a house known as a “FOSTER HOME”.
The SECOND discipline of care is the removal of children from their parental homes due to neglect, maltreatment or sexual exploitation. Understandably, these children are traumatised and will have developed a big sense of inadequacy. When social workers are informed about such cases, these vulnerable children are removed and taken to one of uMephi’s “CHILD & YOUTH CARE CENTRES”. Here they receive the care to which they are entitled while the Welfare Sector takes an active part in trying to rehabilitate the parents. Should the Welfare Sector succeed with its remedial strategy with the parents, the children are returned to them. However, should it not happen, and the Welfare Sector is of the opinion that the parents are no longer fit to care for the children, blood relatives are approached in an attempt to re-establish the children in an extended family context. Children will only be permanently re-united with the family if they comply with the strict criteria required by law.
The THIRD discipline of care is for orphans who have been diagnosed by physicians as terminally ill or disabled. These children are taken care of at the uMephi “SPECIAL NEEDS HOMES” with a Special Care Programme. The parents who provide care here are specifically equipped to lead these children with empathy and dignity to their inevitable demise, or caring the disabled as persons with special needs. Community organisations such as Hospice and other medical personnel are continuously involved in supporting the parents. At these homes children are cared for with tenderness and abundant love so that they can die with dignity. Parents who manage these homes perform an unenviable yet noble task. Communities have great regard and appreciation for such parents.
Currently uMephi is in the process of building Foster Homes for orphans in rural areas, in provinces as Kwa-Zulu Natal, Eastern Cape and the Free State. Although funding is received from government for the building of the homes, funds are needed to equip these homes in order to meet the basic needs of the children.
In total uMephi have 67 homes spread all over the country in which the three disciplines operates.
THE OUTCRY IS UNPARALLELED
The value of a child’s life cannot be calculated in monetary terms. Nothing can be too much to ask in order to positively change the destiny of a child in need. If it is considered that there are more than two million children in South Africa who are living in undesirable circumstances, and that the uMephi project shelters 570+ children each night, one realises how unimaginably big the problem is at grass roots level. Eighty percent plus of all children are black. The uMephi management is conditioned to expand continuously but it is understandable that this depends entirely on donations and sponsorships received. To comply with the high standard laid down by the government, adding to it our motto of giving the children cared for the best, the approximate cost per child per month is R4,500.
The hundreds of people directly involved in the uMephi project country wide are at unity that we need to expand rapidly. The unmatched result of this more intensive strategy justifies an accelerated strategy. This program not only produces well matured citizens, but more rewarding is the fact that it provides leaders for the advancement of a developing South Africa, and Africa as a whole!
uMephi is grateful for support from the government, but is heavily dependent on support from the private sector to make ends meet. Tax relief applies on donations as well as BEE points for those who donates and gives to this worthy cause.
EBI and ECOIS wants their members to join hands in supporting the UMEPHI orphan initiative. When making an EFT transfer, please indicate EBI or ECOIS. Confirm payment with details to: email@example.com
Banking Details: ABSA (632005); Acc no - 1055280769
Pastor Robbie Watt, Church Triumphant.