Phoenix Child Welfare- a beacon of hope for abused children

President of Phoenix Child Welfare Society, Mr Sham Maharaj.

The tragic treatment of children by their family members have left the community of Phoenix horrified, outraged and helpless.

Over the past few years, the community is reeling from the senseless murder of nine-year-old Shahiel Sewpunjan, the murder of seven-year-old Elijah Kubair and just last week, the brutal beating of a four-year-old girl by her mother.

Since the tragic death of Shahiel Sewpunjun, the Phoenix Child Welfare has launched homework centres at several primary schools to provide a safe place for children especially after school hours, when many children are left alone at home.

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At risk children are provided with hearty meals and an environment to complete their homework.  In addition, the dedicated management and staff have established the Rotary Home, a joint venture project by the Phoenix Child Welfare Society and the Rotary Club of Phoenix in 2016.

Five children were placed in the care of a foster mother who provides a loving and nurturing family environment.
Today, they are in a position to announce the development of large scale children’s home for the densely populated area of Phoenix.

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The sprawling township which is just over 40-years-old and with a population of over half a million people does not have a large scale sanctuary for children.

Speaking exclusively to the Phoenix Sun, Mr Sham Maharaj, the president of Phoenix Child Welfare Society said that the building of the first phase of the children’s home which is currently being developed will be fast tracked in order to be completed in the next few months.

The first phase of the development will accommodate 12 children and two full time house mothers. When the project is finally completed, some 40 children will be accommodated in this sanctuary.

The plan is to offer a safe haven to children, who are victims of abuse and neglect, children who are abandoned and also those who are victims of family violence. Maharaj said that the welfare is establishing a multi-disciplinary team made up of social workers, police, child psychologists , hospitals and officials of the justice department.

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This rapid response team will be able to deal child abuse matters without delay and take immediate and appropriate action to safeguard vulnerable children and to act against people involved with violence against children.

He added said that child abuse is an on- going problem in many communities. He said that while community orgnaisations can and will act in these matters, the criminal justice system must also play a vital part in this matter.

Maharaj said that in the coming months, Phoenix Child Welfare Society together with like-minded and concerned organisations will make representations to the Department of Justice and President Cyril Ramaposa himself to review and amend legislation to ensure harsher punishment and sentences to those involved in child and women abuse and family violence.

In 2017, Phoenix Child Welfare, attended to over 550 cases of abuse, foster care and abandoned children:

  • Number of children sexually abused : 38
  • Number of children physically and emotionally abused : 62
  • Number of children neglected : 103
  • Number of children admitted to places of safety : 23
  • Number of children placed in Foster care :57
  • Number of children placed in child and youth care centre : 15
  • Number of abandoned and orphaned children : 37

Phoenix Child Welfare thanks the community for their magnanimous support in the past and looks forward to the sponsorship of the following items for the children’s home: paving, awning, guard house, linen, appliances, Jojo tanks, furnishings, beds, curtains, tiles, TV, microwave, furniture, book case, toiletries, groceries, clothing, children’s books etc. For more information, call 031 500-3671. Alternatively, send an email to [email protected]

Phoenix Sun

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