Christelik-Maatskaplike Raad East London
We are the only non-profit designated child protection organisation in East London and split service delivery across the Buffalo City District with the Department of Social Development. Our child protection services include prevention, early intervention, statutory and reunification services, aftercare and adoption services to children and their families
We are also an accredited adoption service provider. We equip parents with parenting skills, facilitate support groups for foster parents and children and facilitate various child protection and life skills programmes for children and teens.
We also have a safe house for victims of gender-based violence offering respite and various counselling and other programmes through their 3 to 9 month stay.
Our Home Food Security programme initiative started in 2004 with one co-coordinator Mrs Christina Mdledle and 9 field workers to address the need for sustainable food sources in the poverty-stricken communities of Reeston, Ducats and Mzamomhle.
The project aims to improve sustainable livelihoods in these communities by focusing on the strengths and resources that already exist. CMR East London has a sixteen-year history of capacitating community members to not only grow their own food but to also grow and sell surplus fruit and vegetables to retailers to generate an income. In 2019 we introduced the concept of making jams from fruit grown and the bottling of vegetables. CMR’s Home Food Security Programme has been instrumental in creating a steady source of income for rural farmers. The introduction of making jams and bottling vegetables are entrepreneurial opportunities for the farmers that cut waste and improve income generated.
Child Protection is everyone’s responsibility!