Baitul Ansaar

Brief description and main aims
Baitul Ansaar is a child care centre for the care and protection of abused and  children at risk who have been removed from their parents. Disabled and abandoned children are also brought to the centre.  The accommodation capacity is 42 children from birth to 11 years. They are cared for by 17 night and day staff.

While the centre is managed within a Muslim framework chidren from all relious groups are cared for at the centre. www.Baitulansaar.org

 
Main Activities

There is a structured Educare  program (children from 3 – 6 yrs), with outings playing an important part of the children’s learning experience. Afternoons are devoted to homework time, extra mural activities and religious time and lessons.

 
Volunteer tasks
Volunteer Child Care Assistants:
 
Volunteers will be inducted upon arrival and receive appropriate training. Working times/shifts are:
Daytime – 8am – 5pm
Evenings – 6pm – 10pm;  Weekends – 8am – 5pm.  
 
Tasks include:
  • Accompanying care–givers when they take children to the hospitals for their therapies.
  • Assisting with homework.
  • Assisting care-givers with mealtimes, bath – times and bed times.
  • Assisting with the Edu – care program.
  • Administrative, fund raising &  marketing assistance.
  • Assist night staff and weekend staff.
  • Assist with outings.
 
Volunteer requirements / Skills
  • Administrative skills.
  • English language.
  • Self motivated & Creative.
  • Ability to communicate with young children.
  • Be hands on with the children and flexible.
  • Have a passion for working with vulnerable children.
  • Female.
 
Location
Mitchells Plain, Cape Town. Mitchells Plain is the largest ‘colored township’ on the Cape Flats. Mitchells Plain is an area where many of the people were displaced under the Group areas Act (1960’s) This has led to many socio economic problems. Google www.mitchellsplain.co.za  for more information.
 
Hosting Situation (Board & Lodging)
  • Host family accommodation will be provided within the Mitchells Plain area.  
  • Volunteers will be required to use public transport (bus or mini-bus taxi) where necessary to and from work placement.
 
Additional info
  • This project is appropriate for a Short Term or Long Term Placements.
  • The project will only accept Female Volunteers.
  • Preference will be given to volunteers who are qualified or studying in the field of Social Work, Occupational Therapy;  Child Care. 
  • THIS PROJECT WILL NOT SUIT VOLUNTEERS WHO ARE NOT COMFORTABLE WORKING WITHIN A MUSLIM-BASED ORGANISATION, OR WHO DO NOT HAVE EXPERIENCE WITH CARING FOR YOUNG CHILDREN.
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