Kibwe Kids is an independent South African organization established in 2007 with the aim of impacting of the lives of children in South Africa.
South Africa’s background of out of control unemployment, poverty and HIV/Aids has meant a shocking increase in the number of orphaned and vulnerable children in the country.
Many alternative care placements in South Africa are in large institutions which are often incapable of coping with the issues very vulnerable children often face.
In order to create an alternative to this, the cluster foster care model provides supported and supervised community based foster care for children in need. Orphaned, abused, neglected and vulnerable children are taken into a network of small, family homes in disadvantaged communities in South Africa.
Foster care has also greatly expanded in recent years, in part due to a policy in 2000 that legalised the placement of children with extended family members.
By September 2008, data from the South Africa Social Security Agency showed that close to half a million children were in formal, court-ordered foster care. About 80 per cent of these children are placed with relatives. Adoption is modest and in decline. We are concerned about the 20% without available extended family and those whose extended family neither have the capacity nor interest in fostering these children. Moving away from large orphanages where children are often neglected and abused, we concentrate on creating a small family nucleus of 6 children with a foster mother. This home-like environment provides nurturing for the children who attend local schools and integrate into society, with the emphasis being on love, education and protection for the individual child.
South Africa features communities with the highest rates of Fetal Alcohol Syndrome ever recorded; and substance abuse is closely associated with domestic violence, childhood depression and adversity.
Of 27,417 cases of sexual offences against children reported in 2009/2010, 60 percent affected children under sixteen years of age and 29 percent under 11 years. Perpetrators of sexual offences against young children are overwhelmingly relatives, friends, acquaintances or neighbors.