Since 1992, Kids Haven is focused on protecting homeless children and children in crisis, and giving them a future. Kids Haven uses the PACE home-schooling system in the Bridging School Classes for general remediation of the children. It offers very basic Literacy and Numeracy skills – up to a Grade 3 level. This is a critical programme in the process of stabilizing the behaviour of children new to Kids Haven.
Kiley’s story: Kiley came to Kids Haven in 2017 and spent a term in the Bridging School Programme. Her assessments showed that she was coping with the work but she struggled with the school routine and was disruptive and easily distracted.
The Bridging School facilitator, Priscilla, worked well with her in the Programme and with patience and her constant positive experiences in the classroom, she settled down. Kiley was placed into formal school in January 2018 and she is very happy. She loves her teacher and has made friends. Kids Haven has received feedback from the School that Kiley has been elected a leader in her class.
“Kids Haven would like to thank StreetSmart SA for covering 30% of the salary costs for this essential project. There are very few funders who are willing to cover salary/staff costs which are absolutely essential for consistent programme delivery. We appreciate the understanding of StreetSmart SA in knowing how valuable salary support funding is to our Organisation.”
StreetSmart Johannesburg has contributed R30,000 to Kids Haven, towards the salary of the Bridging School Programme facilitator.