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Sharon Receives Protection

Sharon Receives Protection

18 May 2017 by Badisa

'If I was a poppet, I would be free of fear so that I could only focus on being a child. I would dream about a dad that holds me tight because he loves me, that takes me to the park and even buys me sweets sometimes! My dad would protect me and would dream about my future. I would also not need to keep bad secrets.'

Sharon’s father abuses her sexually. He told her it is their secret and that she should not tell anyone. She loves him and is scared that he will have to go to jail if she tells. Her school work started to suffer as a result of this secret and when her teacher approached her, she finally shared the truth. With Sharon’s consent, the teacher took her to Badisa.

The difference that Badisa made to Sharon's life was convincing her father to leave their home and only visit Sharon under the supervision of her mother. Sharon and her mother did not want to convict him as he was the sole breadwinner. Sharon is currently receiving therapy to help her deal with the trauma and to teach her to build relationships that are based on the truth, trust and unconditional love.

YOU can make a difference to children like Sharon by buying her poppet, thereby contributing to release the necessary funds to ensure that children like her receives a professional child protection service. This will ensure that these children can still dream about their future because they were taught how to process the trauma build positive relationships.


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Badisa is a social services organisation, providing professional services in the areas of:

  • Children and families
  • Elderly care
  • Disability care
  • Substance dependency

We are committed to caring for those in need in a practical and sustainable way and therefore take a holistic approach in providing these services, from cradle to grave - regardless of race or religion.

We are a registered non-profit organisation (NPO 011-891) and a public benefit organisation (PBO 930 006 348), committed to social development through 153 community-based programmes/branches in the Western, Northern and Eastern Cape.


Children and Families

The purpose of Badisa’s services to children and families is in accordance with the strategies in the National Development Plan and policies of the Department of Social Development, which are to:

  • Promote healthy family life
  • Strengthen family life
  • Contribute towards all families, vulnerable children and the youth’s sense of safety
  • Enhance a sense of community, social cohesion and social inclusion
  • Alleviate poverty
  • Enhance family members’ opportunities to enter the job market
  • Provide an infrastructure for child protection
  • Mitigate risk factors in families through collaboration with internal and external service providers

According to the White Paper on Families (2012), stable families are the core of strong and healthy, functional communities. It is within the family unit where the individual's physical, emotional and psychological development occurs. Absence of a stable, nurturing family environment has a strong negative effect on the individual, which in turn leads to behaviour that is destructive to society. In light of this, the extent to which lawlessness, gangsterism, drug trafficking, crime and violence holds communities in the Cape Peninsula hostage, is extremely concerning. Children are lost to society from a very early age by being recruited as gang members and by landing in the grip of drug abuse. Teenage pregnancy and other serious behavioural manifestations in older children is the order of the day. For these reasons, Badisa strives to improve service within networks and to establish partnerships.

Our programmes working with children and families:

  • Social services offices
  • Child and youth care services
  • Day care centres
  • After care centres
  • Magdalena House

Elderly Care and Support Services

Badisa focuses on rendering an integrated service of residential care and community-based services to older persons according to the Older Persons Act (Act 13 of 2006).

According to statistics, the number of older people in SA and worldwide are growing. This puts great pressure on Badisa programmes to provide for the service delivery need to older persons. Our programmes make a valuable contribution to the quality of life of older persons in terms of the following services:

  • Affordable residential care services.
  • Community-based services at service centres, including meals, social support and weekly activities.
  • Relief care - emergency beds in some residential facilities for emergency admissions of elderly people exposed to abuse.
  • Rendering advice, guidance and assistance to older people and their families in order to address their immediate needs.

In remote rural communities, the Badisa Elderly Homes are invaluable to the elderly for providing to their medical and care needs. With the help of external and internal resources, every effort is made to ensure optimal growth and quality of life to every older and disabled person and their extended families.

Badisa focuses on the empowerment of staff in respect of a person-centered approach in residential care. The approach is also applicable to community-based services from a service centre. A culture is created for older people to acknowledge their rights, to highly rate their dignity and to create respect between residents and staff that will contribute to a climate in which safety and growth can occur.

Badisa places a high value on the contributions of older persons in the community and want in the midst of challenging economic factors, to focus on promoting the quality of life of older persons.

Care and Development of Differently Abled People

  • Alta du Toit After Care Eljada
  • Immanuel Centres

These services are provided in an environment of care and compassion according to the potential of each individual. The daily programme is focused on skills development, socialisation, as well as cultural, physical and cognitive development.

Badisa focuses on the integration of people with disabilities within a family and into the community. The facilities provide residence as well as daycare programmes. Professional social services are provided to support and guide the individuals and families.

The two Sponsorship Bodies at Jan Kriel Institute and Alta du Toit Development form part of Badisa to support the learners of these schools financially.

Kaleidoscope, formerly known as the The Institute for the Blind, renders a comprehensive service to persons with visual disabilities. They have three homes for adults and one for the elderly who are visually impaired. They also have industries, which consist of six workshops and two shops that provide jobs to approximately 200 people who are visually impaired.

The institute provides various educational programmes, as well as sports and other activities and is the Sponsorship Body for the Pioneer School for children with visual disabilities.

Integrated Services for Substance Dependency

Badisa provides a comprehensive service regarding substance dependency, which includes prevention, early intervention, statutory and aftercare services. Our two treatment centres are:

  • Ramot
  • Toevlug

Substance dependence is usually associated with interpersonal conflict, financial and domestic problems, work-related problems, obstruction of justice, as well as psychological and health problems. The physiological dependence is treated through detoxification and medical care forms part of the treatment. The treatment programme also includes other disciplines, such as psychotherapy, social services, dietary aid, occupational therapy, hand and art skills, pastoral care and social activities.

Social workers provide prevention programmes in the community and are responsible for the provision of aftercare services. Badisa also implements the ABBA network in various communities where all the relevant role players in the community are mobilised to prevent and treat alcohol and drug abuse.

Programmes in Collaboration with Churches and other Stakeholders

Badisa is the organisation of the two principal churches, URCSA (Cape) and the DRC (Western and Southern Cape), that renders social services on behalf of and in cooperation with the churches.

We assist congregations in their ministry for poverty and care andis in the position to provide skilled and professional support to congregations to ensure that a more effective combined service is available to vulnerable and needy persons.

We work with a Committee in the Eastern Cape to support the services rendered by the congregations in that province. Badisa colaberate also with other churches and stakeholders to render more effective services.

To protect children and strengthen families

Badisa is registered as a child protection organisation in terms of the Children’s Act. The organisation is also accredited to do adoption work. The organisation:

  • Renders a spectrum of services focused on prevention and early intervention. These services include our ECD (1852 children involved) and after-school care (483 children involved) programmes.
  • Conducts risk assessments of children and their families when child abuse, neglect, abandonment or exploitation are reported.
  • Implements statutory processes with children in need of care and protection.

Badisa’s services include

  • Investigating the best interest of the child: 25 256 cases have been reported and dealt with up till now.
  • Identifying areas to strengthen and preserve family life and reunification.
  • Supporting the proceedings of children’s courts and implementing court orders: 721 children’s court investigations have been completed.
  • Placing children in alternative care: foster care, child and youth care centres or adoption. Badisa rendered services to 6285 children in foster care, handled 171 adoption investigations and rendered services to 727 children in Child and Youth Care Centres.
  • Compiling and implementing treatment plans for children and families to achieve family preservation and reunification: Family reunification services were rendered to 2025 parents/caregivers. It is sad to note that only 103 children were reunified with their biological families.
  • Rendering after-care services.

Badisa Poppie Project

This year Badisa will be launching the “Poppie Project” at all their social service offices in three provinces as a symbolic project of their service delivery in the child protection sphere. This project consists of handmade ragdolls, fridge magnets, key rings and gift paper which represents real children who have received child protection services through Badisa. These items also represent the children’s potential, dreams and favourable outcomes provided by social service delivery. Furthermore, the poppets tell the stories of necessary services delivered by social workers. This includes:

  • Risk assessment of children and families where abuse, neglect and abandonment have been reported.
  • Implementing statutory processes where childcare and protection is needed, keeping the child’s best interest at heart.
  • Supporting and implementing statutory court orders.
  • Placement of children in alternative care, such as foster care, children’s homes and/or youth homes for adoption.
  • Aftercare services to children placed in alternative care.
  • Identifying areas to strengthen families and making reunification possible.

Purpose and outcomes

The aim of the project is to increase awareness among the general public, sponsors, schools and congregations concerning child protection and children’s rights, as well as to mobilise the public to report neglect, abuse and violence against children. It also creates a favourable association of child protection services for sponsors.

The above-mentioned goals are aligned with Badisa’s general organisational goals and includes: implementing social services; establishing, strengthening and maintaining Badisa’s relationships with congregations; and implementing marketing and communication strategies in so that the public, churches and other stakeholders can become part of the social development of communities.

The functional benefits include:

  • Protection of children and strengthening of families.
  • The poppets are used to create awareness and educate parents, teachers and children to associate themselves with the product and chosen outcomes.
  • Children will be able to reach their full potential and their rights will be protected and built upon.
  • Healthy communities, prosperity and a better future.

Thus, Badisa’s child protection poppets represent children and their stories who touch our hearts on a daily basis – children whose humanity have been crippled by unfavourable circumstances. They are facing an uphill battle – sometimes even before birth.

Is it not time that parents, schools, churches and communities unite for the safety of our children? Dream and work with us to create a better future for the children of our communities.

Communities, schools and churches can get involved by adopting a poppet or by purchasing a sticker at their nearest Badisa office to wear on a civvies day during Child Protection Week.

Badisa is a non-profit organisation and a public charity organisation. Donations are tax deductable. Badisa will also provide a certificate indicating that the organisation’s beneficiaries are 80% non-white (B-BBEE).


Representing two principal churches, namely the URCSA (Cape) and the DRC (Western and Southern Cape), Badisa renders social services on behalf of and in cooperation with these churches.

In conjunction with the Ministry of Poverty and Care (which is a combined ministry of the abovementioned church groups), Badisa shares a vision of a life of compassion.

Poverty & Care helps to establish networks and partnerships between Badisa, congregations, NGOs, the Government and businesses and aids Badisa in building structure and capacity for the running of the Church's missionary diaconate. Badisa, in conjunction withPoverty & Care, agreed to a joined strategy for Early Childhood Development to reach 10 000 pre-school children through the relevant congregations. We also work together with the ministry and the Eastern Cape Committee to support the URCSA congregations in the Eastern Cape.

BADISA Volunteer Programmes

Badisa would like to be the organization where people prefer to volunteer. We are a trustworthy organization and we offer structured volunteer programmes at our Badisa branches. The Badisa policy provides clear guidelines regarding the implementation of volunteer programmes.

Volunteerism will always be an integral part of non-profit organizations. The passion and commitment of volunteers keep organizations alive and they help balancing the budget by rendering essential services for free.

The 2 700 staff members of Badisa are supported by local and international volunteers in order to provide a more comprehensive service to the beneficiaries. Volunteers are used in all fields of service, as well as on management and professional level. This makes the organisation unique, effective and sustainable.

BADISA utilizes approximately 3 000 local volunteers on a daily basis. Some of the Badisa programmes also recruit international volunteers for full-time services.


Individuals or businesses can take part in Mandela day on the 18th July every year by giving 67 minutes of their time for Badisa to make a difference in the lives of people in need. Late Mr Mandela gave 67 years of his life to fight for social justice in our country. You can give 67 mintes of your time to give back to your community.


Any person that wishes to become a volunteer at a Badisa programme can send an enquiry via the Badisa website or can complete the application form and fax or email it to Badisa. You will then be referred to a Badisa programme of your choice. You can also click here to find the details of the Badisa programme and directly contact them to offer your services as a volunteer



Badisa is committed to recognise and celebrate volunteer services within the organisation.

At the Annual General Meeting, Badisa pays tribute to numerous volunteers who sacrificed time and effort for the benefit of others.

The organisation’s first volunteer awards were handed out in 2013. The International Volunteer of the Year award went to Cozmore Fungulani for his outstanding work at the Durbanville Children’s Home. Francois Agenbach received the Professional Volunteer of the Year award for his work on the Financial Committee, also at the Durbanville Children’s Home. Rotary Anns walked away with the Volunteer Group for the Year award, for their excellent work at Loeriehof Tehuis in Knysna and Ria Byleveld received the Award for Longest Service at Badisa Beaufort West. She has been a volunteer for more than 30 years. Charmaine Samuels from Badisa Wolseley and Peter Jack, volunteer at Durbanville Children’s Home respectively received Volunteer of the Year Award Rural and Urban and Andrea Smit won the award for Youth Volunteer of the Year for her work at a children’s home.

Every Badisa program includes a segment to motivate, train and look after volunteers and the winners of the Volunteer Program of the year were Badisa Koue Bokkeveld and the Durbanville Children’s Home. In a world where it is so easy to say no, it is wonderful to see that there are so many people that are still saying yes – they want to and they will make time.


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