MASIGCINE
Children's Home

Registered Welfare Organisation:
003-483 NPO

12 School Street
Mfuleni
PO Box 1106
Kuilsriver
7581
South Africa

Tel: +27219010052
Fax: 0866594291

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NEWSLETTER – 2011 – FIRST QUARTER

In this issue of our newsletter you will read more about the organizations we liaise with, be updated on our children and see some of the photos of them outside the parameters of the home. We also tell you more about our new manager, new staff and introduce you to our staff and members of the board.

Children:

Since January 2011, 5 children were reunited with their families and 9 children are pending foster care finalisation. All the children that are placed on a long term section 35 (1) (a) / (b) are doing well under the care of their potential foster parents.

One of our older boys left Masigcine in arrangement with his psychologist and has moved to SA Children's Home. He has been reported to be adjusting well to the environment at the school and the new home.

YAY's:

In March, one of our babies left the home on a closed adoption.

One of our children with cerebral palsy was regularly being hosted by a very caring family. With the individual attention, love, care and support of this family he made good progress. They took him to his doctor's appointments and to see specialists for assessments in order for him to get transferred into the best care facility according to his needs. He has now been moved to a specialised care facility on a probation period of three months. Our social worker and the family visited him and are happy to report that he is thriving!

Sad news:

It has been a very sad period for us, as four of our children, (2 sets of twins) lost their mother's this term. Although they do not realise the full impact of this, our staff are very supportive and caring.

Staff:

About our staff members

Masigcine appointed a new manager, Sydene Cloete early in February 2011

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We want to congratulate our staff members who received awards for outstanding performance for the months January, February, March and April 2011.

January- Theodora Mtunzi
February- Lydia Mtsiba
March- Princess Mtsiba
April- Noveline Blooms

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Please see in the grid below our staff and board members, their positions and their time of service:

NoNamePositionTime of service
1Lucas PlaatjieBoard Chairman
2Boyce WilliamsBoard member
3Michael de BeerBoard member
4Xolile FulaBoard member
5Kgobe MahlabaBoard member
6Margaret NdalaBoard member
7Miriam LetsabeBoard member
8Hilda de BeerTreasurer
9Sydene CloeteManager3 months
10Nomalungelo MjwaraSocial worker10 months
11Lydia MtsibaSupervisor20 years
12Noveline BloomsCleaner14 years
13Monca MakoliCleaner1 month
14Princess MtsibaCook2 years
15Hilda XhiniCook13 years
16Olga MhlontloChildcare worker10 years
17Selina MpokoChildcare worker17 years
18Theodora MtunziChildcare worker18 years
19Gloria SpuyerChildcare worker10 years
20Magnolia GoniChildcare worker15 years
21Cynthia MdoloChildcare worker10 years
22Eunice ChebekhuChildcare worker10 years
23Nozuko NdabeniGeneral workerTemporarily
24Andile MaguduGardenerTemporarily

As you can see, most of our staff has been with Masigcine for several years, so our children grow up in a stable environment with people they know, love and trust. That is just what they need to make them feel safe and give them a sense of security.

Some of our staff at work

Lydia, our staff supervisor at workNoma, our Social worker
Princess is busy cooking lunchIvy, busy with educational activities

Members of the Board at a conference in April

Hilda and Xholile discussing the fruitful event(From left to right) Michael De Beer, Xolile Fula, Boyce Williams (Front) Hilda De Beer and Sydene Cloete
Xolile, Sydene and Michael are trying to figure out how to connect the laptop to the television.In the end we had to admit defeat and resort to the laptop. Hilda edited the documents as we went along.

Working together with other organisations and volunteer involvement

We had students from YALE visiting Masigcine for the first week in March.

In general there has been a steady increase of volunteer involvement and donations coming to Masigcine

We are still working together with AVIVA, who provides most of our volunteers.

More about AVIVA:

AVIVA - (Volunteering in South Africa ) offers international volunteers the opportunity to make a vital contribution to Communities and Endangered Wildlife while enjoying a life changing, hands on volunteering experience in South Africa. We work together with AVIVA and they provide us with overseas volunteers.

The AVIVA volunteers work three days shifts at Masigcine. When they are on shift, they sleep at the home in our volunteer's room.

One of our AVIVA volunteers spending time with our little ones.

This is especially rewarding for emotionally mature volunteers, who are able to see the positive difference their contribution has made to the lives of some very special young children.

AVIVA volunteers taking our kids on an outing: Pirate boat trip

We work together with ARISE to find suitable host and foster parents and match them with our children.

More about ARISE:

ARISE and Masigcine:

Arise conduct the initial phase of the host parent programme. This involves host parent recruitment, information giving, assessment and screening of hosts, and connecting them to Masigcine Children's Home.

As organisations dedicated to caring for children, both Masigcine Children's Home and Arise seek to encourage and facilitate people to offer the optimum care to a child that they can. We are partnering together to promote longer term 'Host Parenting' whereby an adult will develop a positive on-going relationship with a child, as opposed to one-off interactions with different children.

The services ARISE provides to Masigcine:

Hidden Halo's makes our children's birthdays special:

Hidden Halo's is a NPO that visits the home once a month, to have a birthday party for all the children who celebrated their birthday that specific month. They also brought the Easter bunny to the home and of course he dropped off some Easter eggs. Needless to say, our kids loved the experience!

Outings and Charity and church involvement:

Our AVIVA volunteers took our children on a pirate boat trip. As you can see, they had a blast!!!

More Pirate Boat trip photos

Community family church took our kiddies up Table Mountain the morning of 12 March and to the Spur for lunch.

At the aquarium with the Community family Church

Community Family Church took them to a production at the Baxter theatre on Saturday 2 April 2011.

They are so blessed to be part of such a loving and caring community (All Babies are excluded from outings)

We want to thank all our donors/sponsors that have been contributing towards Masigcine

Here is a list of our donations since January this year:

Asphalt(financial)
Fuch foundation(financial)
D. G. Murry Trust(financial)
General auditors SA(financial)
Mr. Aubrey Kuphe(financial)
Mr. Derrick Letsaba(Groceries and nappies)
Breadline for Africa(financial)
One of our volunteers(financial)
SA Airports(Gift voucher - MAKRO)
Maren and Kristine(AVIVA volunteers, donated money they raised together with their drama school in Norway)
SASKO(donating delivering all our bread)
Herbal life(health shakes and soups)
Go Africa Go Germany(financial)
Donaldson Trust(financial)
NG Kerk Kuilsrivier(financial & Groceries)
Mnr. Gert van der Merwe(financial)
Capitec(financial)

Masigcine Children's Home, wants to give a special thank you to Shoprite, Mfuleni who thought of us, despite their misfortune. In February 2011 the Shoprite in Mfuleni burned down and they donated their disposable nappies, ear buds and some towels to us that were not damaged in the fire. We trust that they will be up and running again soon!

Thank you to all the individuals and organizations that dropped of clothes/shoes/toys and books and did not always leave contact details.

Cooling off on a hot summer's day in a swimming pool, donated to us by Jellie Spinder

Goals:

Our main goal and desire of course is to reunite our children with their families or to place them with a family who will adopt them as their own.

To raise and get funds to furnish our home with at least one vehicle, to take our children to doctor appointments, to hospital, to court and on outings.

We want to get more and more people involved to make a change in the lives of children in need.

Thank you

On behalf of the children, board members and staff at the Masigcine Children's Home we would like to convey our heartfelt thanks to each and everyone for your ongoing support and goodwill towards our home.