Frequently Asked Questions
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+ How many children do you have?
We have 31 children in the houses and 155 children in the Early Learning Centre. There are 7 boys in the student’s house in the youth independent living program for the over 18’s.
+ Where do the children come from/how do you get them?
They are placed by Social workers from Social Development or any other Child protection Organisation like CMR or FAMSA via a court order.
+ Why are the children placed?
They are placed because their circumstances do not allow them to be where they are. For instance, they are orphaned, grossly neglected or abused. These children are then regarded as vulnerable.
+ Where do you get the funding to operate the organisation?
We sometimes get once off or once a year financial donations, but we also partner with individuals, businesses, churches who contribute on a monthly basis. We also get many other donations like food, clothing e.g. which helps us with the needs of the children. Every bit of assistance is important to us, as all the drops fill the bucket.
+ What is your biggest challenge?
We have different big challenges! To raise vulnerable and traumatised children is a challenge in itself. We have to repair emotional scars. We have financial challenges especially to have enough operational funding. We also have challenges because of the area in which we operate, Ya Bana is in a semi- rural area with limited infra-structure - no electricity and/or sufficient water and roads.
+ What is a Child and Youth Care Centre?
This is a place that provides a home for six or more children outside of the family environment. A child and youth care centre provides a child or youth with a home, food, clothing and care and developmental programmes aimed at the specific needs of the child.
+ Why are the children removed from their families?
The children who are placed in child and youth care centres are there for many reasons, but mostly because they need to be kept in a safe place where they are properly cared for, and they may have parents who are unable to give them that care or parents are deceased or cannot be traced. But these are not the only reasons why a child may need to be placed in a child and youth care centre.
+ How are the children placed from their families to Ya Bana Village?
The children are placed at Ya Bana by court order- Chapter 9, Section 151, where
If a social worker, police official and or teacher is concerned about a child and believes that the child needs care and protection, he or she can go to the Children’s Court and show the magistrate the child needs protection. A social worker needs to investigate the social circumstances in the child’s environment.
There are times when the children are placed without a court order available immediately- Chapter 9, Section 152 where A social worker or police official may believe a child is in urgent need of care and protection and any delay will endanger the child. The child may be removed without a court order and placed at Ya Bana. The Social Workers at the Department of Social Development are notified within 24 hours as well as the clerk of the court.
The court may order that the child needs to be moved from the home, the social workers from the Department of Social Development and Local Child Protection Agencies then bring the child to Ya Bana.
+ How long do the children stay at the village?
The children’s Act in South Africa stipulates that a child must leave a Child and Youth Care centre when they turn 18 years of age. The village however has a youth living centre that gives the children who have turned 18 years to complete their education, learn independent living through a variety of programmes aimed at achieving this. A separate contract is entered with each young person stating the date of exit from the village.
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