Masizame, a registered Child and Youth Care Centre, believes that children need safe and steady families to create and establish their support bases. Masizame recognises the effect of the trauma of removing a child from his/her family on a child, and as such, fully subscribe to the Department of Social Development’s aim to shift the emphasis to family preservation through early intervention services.
Masizame Projects received R50,000 from StreetSmart Plettenberg Bay, towards a family reunification worker salary.
Henry’s story: At the tender age of one, Henry’s father was sentenced to 25 years in prison and to this day, they do not have contact. Henry`s mother moved to Plettenberg Bay in 2015 and here, he was bullied daily by his peers and as a result, dropped out of school.
In 2017, Henry started to visit the Masizame Drop-In Centre. We started individual sessions with him, because he was constantly fighting with other children and was unable to fully participate in life skill lessons due to his fidgeting. We noticed that he had an extremely neat handwriting and started to give him paragraphs to read and rewrite. Henry exceeded our expectations, as he was one of ten children that participated in this activity, and he was the only one that was not in the educational system.
With many individual and life skill sessions, Henry was now motivated to go back to school, and he was enrolled at the local school, Formosa Primary in June 2018. Although we don’t see Henry at the Drop-in as often, we still have regular check-in’s with him and his family.