Project Initiative and Purpose
The Safe House was opened to meet the growing needs of abandoned orphans and motherless babies, children of all ages in the area. Starlight is set up to admit children irrespective of their gender, race or special educational needs the centre will provide a safe, loving and caring environment for these children, to help them grow in the hope of securing a promising future for them.
Still under 18 and still within the legal orphan category, Starlight will help grow all the children in their care till they are at the point they will be able to go into the society and fully fend for themselves given the guidance from the safehouse various programs etc.
Educational support, HIV and Aids, information provision, referral services, nutrition support, psycho-social support, recreational activities and social welfare/support. Also, in a situation where the Centre felt unable to provide or make availability to any specialist help required. Starlight Safe House will nourish and develop the needs of children.
Our goal and vision ultimately are to promote a healthy Living and learning environment where each child is secure in knowledge that they are unique. To aim to develop awareness and appreciation of each other despite race, culture, religion, or way of life. Monitoring individual child’s progress is essential to ensure that all children make sufficient progress in all curriculum areas. The Safe House will encourage children to recognise their own unique abilities.
Our service includes Motherly love and care for all children:
- 12 months – 4year: We will take this age group and care for them while awaiting approved adoptions were we will let them go to their new homes.
- 4 -18years: Should they not find a home we will happily continue to care for them as they start their preschool, and we will ensure we help lay a solid educational foundation for them.
- To provide a shelter a home for abandoned orphans and motherless babies.
- To provide counselling, motherly care and education for its children.
- To counsel, encourage and care for unwanted pregnant girls and their babies.
- To organize educational and health related programs for reintegration.
- To make available a secure place were orphans / semi orphans / helpless children can enjoy their childhood and help them become useful members of the society by offering basic education.
- Safe & Healthy Children
- Early Childhood Development through Quality Care & Education
- Respect for Different Cultures
- Good Governance
- Respect for our Environment
- To complete registration of Starlight Safe House & Community Project with the Departments of Education and Social Development as a provider of Early Childhood Development day care and curriculum grade R education.
- To complete registration as Non-Profit Organisation and to achieve 18A tax exemption from the South African Revenue Service (SARS);
- To ensure the centre delivers the highest standards of childcare and curriculum grade R education to the children housed at the centre.
- To secure sufficient funding raised to meet the centre’s immediate financial commitments and to establish a longer-term funding strategy that will ensure the centre’s sustainability.
- To establish a working management committee.
- To ensure the management committee is kept informed of the purpose and requirements of disability and ECD centre and of their statutory responsibilities in managing the centre.
- To register as an ECD centre for children aged 1-6 years and 1-18 years (disability) with the Department of Social Development.
- To register as an ECD centre for children aged 5-6 years and as a provider of the Grade R curriculum with the Department of Education.
- To register for with the South African Revenue Service for 18A tax exemption.
- To ensure compliance with all statutory requirements including health and safety, employment legislation and financial accountability.
- To ensure that the facilities used by the centre are safe, secure, child friendly and meet all statutory requirements.
- To ensure that the centre has adequate resources for care, education, and play.
- To ensure that staff are receiving appropriate and timely remuneration, are adequately equipped for their roles and receive regular training.
- To ensure compliance with all statutory requirements of an employer
- To open a bank account to receive fees, grants, and donations.
- To secure short term financial viability of the centre addressing current shortfall.
- To establish proper and accountable financial procedures.
- To ensure all children’s fees are paid and to establish a non-payment policy.
- To establish a budget and financial controls.
- To increase income from fund-raising initiatives, grants and donations.
- To establish a reserve policy.
- To undertake a risk assessment of facilities and operations and to set out policies and strategies to mitigate identified risks.
- To undertake an organisational risk assessment and to set out policies and strategies to mitigate identified risks.
- To ensure children are safe whilst attending the centre, and at home, and in their community.
- To ensure children attending the centre are in good health.
- To ensure that children are receiving quality care whilst attending the centre.
- To ensure that children 5-6 years are completing the Grade R curriculum.