Community projects
Uniform stationary project
Back to school project is a project we have always run particularly at the start of the year, as there is always such a need for assistance at the beginning of the year when schools begin and children need uniform and stationary. Of course nearer the winter there is also a need to ensure that children have a school jersey or a track suit/tracksuit top. Shoes are an ongoing item of clothing that children need support with. If you would like to kit out a child or assist in kitting out part of a child’s uniform please feel free to contact us. Passing on second hand school clothing is also very helpful. Generally a white collared shirt and grey longs is the standard uniform in our Mpumalanga region.

Xmas dream tree project
We like to hand out a gift to children who seldom receive one and no better time than during the Season of Giving. We hang tags on trees stationed at Pick and Pay Riverside and Ilanga Mall and Forum Pharmacy - our most well supported tree is the one at Penryn School. The idea is that you purchase a gift, return it wrapped and tagged, to Pick and Pay or to Penryn or to us and we then hand out the gifts as Christmas draws nearer.  

Drop in Centre (Woodhouse)
The Drop in centre is designed to feed children on a daily basis from Monday to Friday. We require a basic nutritious meal for approximately 150 school going children.  In this way we are certain that children can remain healthy and have the ability to function fully in their school life without feeling the effects of hunger such as fatigue, poor health and nausea. This project can be adopted by anyone wishing to provide any food no matter how big or small. Basic foods required for this are: fresh vegetables, maize meel, stock powder, tomatoes, onions packet soups, rice, chicken, meat, beans ( great source of protein) and cordial and tea milk and sugar(for the winter months)

Weekly food parcels.
We hand out weekly food parcels on Wednesdays to families in need. This also includes any foods or any household goods and cleaning materials.  Currently we hand out 25 food parcels weekly consisting of a variety of foods, all dependant on what we receive during the start of the week from donors who support us.  We seldom have toiletries or household cleaning products to hand out to families so this is certainly an area of need for us. We would certainly like to provide support  to additional families however currently we manage to hand out 25 parcels with what we are donated.

Mr B Maseko

Vice Chairperson:
Exec. Members:
Ms M Burns
Ms A Ngubane

Committee Members:
Ms L A Steinbrucker
Mr R Patterson
Ms S Grobler
Mr K Mhlongo
Ms J Yacoobs

Social workers’ areas of service:                   
Gugu Mashile            Kamagugu, Karino Valencia Nelsville area
Qondile  Dewa          Nelspruit and surrounding area
Lucia Mtembu           Mataffin area
Milycent Ndlovu        Nelspruit and surrounding area
Celiwe Mathunjwa    Mataffin area

We focus on the following four levels of Services:

Prevention Services

  • This is the most important aspect of social service delivery. Services delivered at this level are aimed at strengthening and building the capacity and self-reliance of the client. At this level the client is functioning at an adequate level but there is a possibility   of at-risk behaviour at a later stage.

Early Intervention Statutory Services

  • Services delivered at this level make use of developmental and therapeutic programmes to ensure that those who have been identified as being at risk are assisted before they require statutory services, more intensive intervention or placement in alternative care.

Statutory services

  • At this level an individual has either become involved in some form of court case or is no longer able to function adequately in the community, and services are aimed at supporting and strengthening the individual involved. At this level a client may have to be removed from his/her normal place of abode , either by court order or on the recommendation of a service provider, to alternative care (e.g.. foster care) or placed in a residential facility.

Continuum of Care Services

  • The previous intervention is aimed at providing alternative care which should wherever possible be a temporary measure, followed by reconstruction/aftercare services to enable the client to return to the family or community as quickly as possible. Services delivered at this level are aimed at reintegration and support services to enhance self-reliance and optimal social functioning.
  • Safety and well-being of children and of all family members is paramount. Strengthening and preserving families is the best way to promote the healthy development of children including stopping violence in the family as well as violence against their mothers.
  • Services are focused on the family as a whole; families are partners in identifying and meeting the children’s needs; and family strengths are identified, enhanced, respected, and mobilized to help families solve the problems which compromise their functioning and well-being.
  • Services promote the healthy development of children and youth, promote permanency for all children and help prepare youth emancipating from the foster care system for self-sufficiency and independent living.
  • Services focus on prevention, protection, or other short or long-term interventions to meet the needs of the family and the best interests of the children and are delivered in a manner that is respectful of and builds on the strengths of the community and cultural groups.
  • Services are organized as a continuum and are linked to a wide variety of supports and services which can be crucial to meeting families’ and children’s needs such as: housing, substance abuse treatment, mental health, health, education, job training, child care and informal support networks.
  • Child and family services are community-based, involve community organizations, parents and residents in their design and delivery, and are accountable to the community and the client’s needs.
  • Services are intensive enough and of sufficient duration to keep children safe and meet family needs. The actual level of intensity and length of time needed to ensure safety and assist the family may vary greatly between preventive, family support, and crisis intervention services (family preservation) based on the changing needs of children and families at various times in their lives. A family or an individual does not need to be in crisis in order to receive services.


NPO number : 001-913
Account name: Child Welfare SA Nelspruit
Pinnacle Branch. 250016
Account No. 62642132401

To lead in the achievement of a safe and caring environment for children.

To promote, protect and enhance the safety and well being and healthy development of children.

•    To promote and protect the rights of children as legislated in the Children’s Act, Act no 38 of 2005.
•    To promote family preservation and assist the parents in providing care to their children and promote positive parenting practices.
•    To prevent Child abuse and intervene where abuse occurs.
•    To enhance proper development of children within their families.
•    To deal with all sorts of mal treatment against children by employing proper interventions that suits the best interests of the children as well as their families.

Child Welfare SA Nelspruit was established during 1937 after Ms K. Hall of HL Hall and Sons (Mataffin) invited a number of ladies to meet in Nelspruit to hear Ms Freda Hartle speak on benevolent work in Johannesburg, Durban and Irene. The outcome of the meeting was the formulation of “The Un-denominational Benevolent Society”.  We have thus been affiliated to National Council for Child Welfare since 1 December 1937. The date the fundraising number was issued was 19 January 1981 and we were registered as a Welfare Organization on 31 August 1981. The first subsidy was granted on 1 July 1981.  Our organization’s name was entered into the NPO Register on 3 October 2000.

Since 1937 Child Welfare SA Nelspruit has been rendering valuable services as a community based, non-governmental organization, with the object to relieve social problems experienced by children and their families.
Over the years the focus of service delivery has shifted from specialized welfare service delivery to a more integrated service aimed at the development and well being of broad focus groups – children, youth, women families and identified communities.
Some of the highlights of the work of Child Welfare SA Nelspruit have been the development of services towards community upliftment. In 1995 community development projects were done by a student social worker of our organization. A social auxiliary worker was then appointed during 1998, and since then projects have been developed by a full time Social Auxilliary Worker in order to render services of upliftment in the community.
Fairyland Day Care Centre was another initiative of Child Welfare SA Nelspruit back in 1988 and with the support of Grace Davids, a counselor and resident of Nelsville, it was agreed that an ECD could be registered for the needs of the Nelsville community and the rest is history!  The present building belongs to the Municipality (it used to house the Nelsville Clinic) and there is an agreement between Child Welfare SA Nelspruit and the Muncipality that we can continue to utilize the building. There has been much improvement and extensions to the buildings to cater for the growing numbers. Fairyland started out with 10 to 12 children and now is a centre of excellence for 110 children under the auspices of Janet Vincent.

Dinkeyland was a result of further fundraising done to take care of the need for a Day care centre in Nelspruit. The property (Henshalls house) on the corner of Ehmke and Russell Street was bought and the Care centre ran for many years. It was then taken over by a private entrepreneur, our organization receiving rent from the property and it continued as a day care centre until the property was sold to Valencia Car Alarms.
Between 1998 and 2001 Child Welfare SA Nelspruit addressed a need for a place of safety for children in need of care, with the opening of Asfaleia Place of Safety. Vigorous fundraising was accomplished by the Fundraising committee of Child Welfare SA Nelspruit and the property used for the Place of Safety was purchased. Service clubs being Rotary, Lions and Round Table helped equip the place of safety once it became a reality.  Unfortunately its doors had to close after only a few years of service to the community.
In September 2006 we were granted an increase in the number of staff being subsidized by the Department of Social Services.   The subsidy includes support for four social workers, one chief social worker and one social auxiliary worker. In 2008 we were granted a further increase in a subsidy for a further social worker.

Other funding that we have access to is being able to make application to the National Lottery Fund which is generally on an annual basis.
The Peter Cruse Child Welfare Nelspruit Golf day goes back many years and with the help of Mr Peter Cruse, Sally Blair’s father and his vigorous fundraising, the event raised very large sums of money. The Golf Day has subsequently been named the Peter Cruse Child Welfare SA Nelspruit Golf Day. It is still held annually and although in recent times it has not been a big fundraiser, it picked up considerably in 2011 with the help of Gary Friend and Gavin Cocks of HiQ Tyres.
 Sally Blair (ne Cruse) succeeded Anne Caetano/ Margie Wood as Child Welfare Nelspruit Chairperson in about 1978 serving the community in this role for about 15 years. Sally’s committee consisted of Annemie Douglas, Liza Bam and Anna Bremner along with a few others.

Grace Simelane has been with the organization since 1986  providing us with many faithful years of unbroken service.  Grace started out cleaning the office which was a small office in central Nelspruit (Bester Street near the Old Trust Bank and Landbank.)  Staff consisted of just 1 Social Worker and an assistant in the office. The premises became inadequate to accommodate the staff and alternative premises were secured down in 3 Jones Street Nelspruit. It was after the property where Asfaleia Place of Safety was housed and also the old Dinkeyland property that afforded the committee to purchase 10 Ehmke Street where we are presently situated.

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