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I Care

I Care was launched in June 2002 by the LHC Foundation Trust, a registered NPO Organisation) and PBO (Public Benefits Organisation). I Care is dedicated to finding a sustainable solution to challenges facing street children in South Africa. Our programme is holistic and covers Awareness, Outreach, Rehabilitation, Housing/Shelter, Education and Skills/Job Creation. Awareness: I Care educates the public that giving money to street children actually keeps them on the street. Our motivation to the public is: ‘Don’t give me money, give me a future’. There are so many other ways they can help.

Outreach: I Care establishes relationships of trust with children, essential for further intervention to take place. I Care have Hope Centres in Durban and Johannesburg where the children’s basic needs are met i.e. medical, nutritional and emotional. It is a safe place to come to off the streets and it is from here we are able to begin their rehabilitation or reunification process.

Rehabilitation: I Care run three Khuthaza (encourage) rehab programmes each year. The 3 month Christian based programme is run over 3 months. We work with the children assisting them to overcome substance abuse, provide life skills training, HIV Aids education and counselling and many other relevant subjects. We have a rehabilitation facility with the capacity to take 20 boys per programme. The children are accommodated in this facility while they attend the programme and whilst there our aftercare team are assessing the home situation and preparing the family for reunification. Those boys that are unable to return home, for various reasons – (see pie chart), will be taken into one of the I Care family homes

Housing: I Care have 3 purpose-built houses in Lower Ilovo and a rented house in Boksburg, Jhb. Each house a family of 6 children and 2 house parents. We re-create a family unit for the children. They remain with I Care for a period of approximately 18 months while a long-term solution to their home situation is arranged.

Education Many street children have missed out on formal education and lack basic literacy and numeracy skills. I Care have registered a school to prepare children for going back into mainstream education.  Others attend special needs schools while staying with us.

Skills Training I Care work with children until they progress into adulthood, and work to provide an avenue for their entry into an independent self-supporting lifestyle. This avenue often entails rehabilitation at an adult rehab centre and then placement within a company or on a formal skills training programme.

Statistics

Donations to date

R 47 321.00

Fundraising target

R 60 000.00

Funds raised offline

R 2 856.00

Donor Messages

nixon
Very inspiring.
G edwardes
It's great the work that you guys are doing....your slogan is so apt...especially in todays society in South Africa....God bless
Anonymous
Thanks for doing it for the kids, its more than most people have done in their whole lives!
Stuart
I Care are such a brilliant organisation with what they're doing and the way they go about it. Well done cyclists.
D & D
Well done guys. A good effort
Anonymous
Practical way of showing God's love and bringing hope to once hopeless hearts:)
DKDNJ
May your committment inspire others to care for the children and the poor
Anonymous
To GOD be all the glory-Well done team-We are very proud of you xxxxx
A. N. Other
A worthy cause

Activity feed

Wesley Men's Breakfast donated R 1 435 to I Care via iRun4iCare
06 Feb 2013 R 1 435
Mark donated R 2 000 to I Care via iRun4iCare
31 Dec 2012 R 2 000
Roanne donated R 600 to I Care via iRun4iCare
31 Dec 2012 R 600
Anonymous donated R 200 to I Care via iRun4iCare
28 Dec 2012 R 200
Topup donated R 300 to I Care via iRun4iCare
10 Dec 2012 R 300