Pietermaritzburg Children’s Home is the oldest children’s home in the city, with our roots being traced back to Miss Mary Elizabeth Cook in 1886. Today, we are the product of an amalgamation of the Hilltops home, Mary Cook and Mildred Ward, who in 1991 became The Pietermaritzburg Children’s Home. We are a registered Non- Profit welfare organization that operates at 45 Teak Road, in Woodlands, Pietermaritzburg. Our child care services operate on a 24 hour basis. We provide a home for children who are orphaned and vulnerable as well as children who are infected and affected by/with HIV & AIDS. PCH accommodates children between the ages of 6 and 20, with the children being allowed to remain with us up until the age of 21, should they be completing their grade 12. Our current demographics include 75 children, of whom the majority are African children, from numerous areas surrounding the Midlands, Durban and the Port Shepstone regions. This number changes as children come and go according to their needs and best interests.
WHO ARE WE?
We trace our roots back to Miss Mary Elizabeth Cook in 1886. Today, we are the product of an amalgamation of the Hilltops home, Mary Cook and Mildred Ward, who in 1991 became The Pietermaritzburg Children’s Home. We are currently situated at 45 Teak Road, in Woodlands, Pietermaritzburg.
We have 100% black recipients as defined by the BBBEE Act and offer you a chance to score BEE points with any donations in cash or kind. We are section 18(A) registered and thus your company can benefit from SARS while donating to a worthy cause!
We provide a home for children who are orphaned and vulnerable as well as children who are infected and affected by/ with HIV & AIDS. PCH accommodates children between the ages of 5 and 20 with the children being allowed to remain with us up until the age of 21 should they be completing their grade 12.
Our current demographics include 69 African children from numerous areas surrounding the Midlands, Durban and the Port Shepstone regions. This number constantly changes as children come and go according to their needs and best interests.
WHAT WE DO?
At P.C.H we provide residential care, management and treatment to children who have been removed from their homes and placed in our care by recognized legal procedures.
We offer individual counselling and reconstruction services are rendered by our social worker as part of the programme. The Pietermaritzburg Children’s Home also offers a life skills and educational program, career guidance training, recreational and spiritual activities.
HOW DO WE FUNCTION?
We operate on a 24 hour basis.The Pietermaritzburg Children’s Home operates on a “cottage system” This system consists of 4 units with enough space to accommodate 20 children. Each of these units has a member of staff on duty at all time.
OUR CURRENT INTENTIONS
The Pietermaritzburg Children’s Home have recently identified several priority areas to be addressed in terms of meeting the minimum norms and standards as set out in the regulations of the new Children’s Act. In order to align our organization to these regulations and ensure that our facility is meeting the basic requirements as stipulated by the Department, various upgrades and renovations are required.
We have utilized some of their funds to begin with the upgrades however additional funding is needed to meet many other needs.
Children’s Wish List
Educational toys, puzzles x20 sets, extra tuition costs – seniors x20,
(x70 cups, plates, tumblers, mugs, bowls, lunch boxes, juice bottles, cutlery) x8 tea jugs, x4 baine mares, x16 serving bowls, x8 juice jugs x4 tablecloths, x4 toasters.
Curtains for 4 cottages, 70 bed sheets, 70 pillow cases, 70 pillows, 20 new mattresses, 4 lounge sets need to be upgraded, 8 wheelie bins, 40 peddle bins, 8 multi-plugs, 8 -2 pin plugs, 2 new washing machines, 1 tumble dryer, x4 irons, x1 fridge.
Underwear for all children, slops and sandals, socks, junior boys tekkies, pajamas, shoe laces, combs, 8 bed protected mattresses, black shoe polish, razors for senior boys and girls, relaxer, sanitary pads, hair food, 4 new dvd machines, x4 tvs, x4 microwaves, x2 haircutters, x2 hairdryers, toiletry bags.
Soccer training kits x18,Soccer kit x18,portable soccer goal posts x2, training cones x20,cricket sets x2, soccer balls, netballs, volley balls, basket balls, swing ball sets all x5, table tennis bats and balls x2, swimming lessons, indoor soccer table, baseball set, badminton set, playground equipment, medals, trophies for sports,bags of Lime x2 and a new jungle gym.
Hoola hoops 20, bean bags 20, skipping ropes 40, cones 20, sacks 40, lime -2 bags, buckets 20, tug-o-war rope, Beach toys x10 sets, large umbrellas x4 , fold up tables x4, beach chairs x10, gazebo x2.
Tools (hoe 2, pik 2, spade 2, wheelbarrow 1, hose pipe 1), lots of seeds or seedlings, new fencing, compost x20 bags, equipment to set up our new nursery , 1 large shade cloth for the garden.
Art sets 20, paint 20 x5L different colours and paint brushes x50, wool x100 rolls and needles x50 sets, art paper x20 rolls, crochet needles x20 and wool x50 rolls, beads x5 bags, wires, clips etc for bead-work project.
PCH appeals to the General Public to consider our organization as a worthy institution who will ensure that funding through your Corporate Social Investment is used wisely and meeting the needs of the children whom we proudly serve.
WE CHALLENGE ALL COMPANIES AND ORGANISATIONS TO GET ON BOARD AND DO YOUR SHARE TO PUT A SMILE ON A CHILD’S FACE.
- Juice bottles
- Lunch items as fillings
- Concrete area and put in storm water drains.
- Bedroom cupboards for unit 2 and 3
- 12 new bunk beds
- 46 mattresses
- 11 utility robes.
- Body spray
- Soap roll
- Any other toiletries.