Therapeutic Residential Care and Development for 65 Boys Aged 7 to 17
•Cape Town continues to have large numbers of children who come onto the street to live, work and beg.
•The street environment is too harsh, abusive, exploitative and detrimental to children and their physical and mental health, they need to be transitioned off the street and into care as quickly as possible.
• Street children are usually not able to move directly back home due to family dysfunction and because of the unsettled nature of street children who exhibit behavioural and substance abuse problems.
•Street children are traumatised children because of the chronic neglect, physical and mental abuse and exploitation they have suffered, they therefore need a therapeutic residential programme to address these issues.
•Street children have substance abuse and behavioural challenges as well as developmental and education delays.
•Street children require consistent and ongoing support and live in a “fight or flight” emotional state, sometimes absconding back to street life as soon as life gets challenging.
•Children who live, work, and beg on the street need a residential based programme to successful transition away from street life and back to their families.
To provide a well-resourced facility situated within a stable welcoming community environment so children reconnect with community life and develop sound peer relationships