Polokong Children's Village
Polokong Children’s Village provides a loving home for 50 orphaned or abused children. The children – aged from 18 months to 18 years – have all been committed to our care by the State. We give them loving care, food, clothing and an education, as well as spiritual guidance and emotional support to help them overcome their unhappy start in life.
The village comprises five houses where up to ten children live together as a family, under the care of two childcare workers. Each house functions separately to ensure that the institution syndrome is not evident to either the children or to outsiders. The children attend local schools and enjoy participating in sports and cultural activities such as dancing and drama.
Home is where children find safety and security, where we find our identities, where citizenship starts. It usually starts with believing you’re part of a community, and that is essential to having a stable home.– Matthew Desmond
Distressed by the plight of the neglected children of Sebokeng, concerned members of the Society of St Vincent de Paul raised money and approached the Catholic Bishop of Johannesburg for permission to build a children’s home on Church land at Small Farms, Evaton.
Today, the village is a registered non-profit (086-601) and public benefit organisation (930033108) which not only cares for children placed by the State, but also reaches out to children in the community. 300 receive meals, while a further 100 attend our life skills and afternoon study classes.
Staff from the Polokong Children’s Village visit the homes of vulnerable and underprivileged children in the community to evaluate the families’ home circumstances and assist where needed. Children attending the ‘drop in’ centre receive:
- A balanced meal
- A lunch-box which they can take home
- Material assistance
- Afternoon study groups
- Life skills groups
- HIV/AIDS support groups
- Access to the library and computer room.
Reach out to a child
Although we strive to be as self sustainable as possible – and are very proud of our successful vegetable garden! – we appreciate help from caring individuals like you.
Be part of bringing a little hope and joy into the life of an abused or neglected child, by donating food, clothing, stationery, toiletries and sports equipment to the home.
Cash donations are also greatly appreciated as they can be channeled to the area of greatest need.