Hillsong Africa Foundation
Providing family-based care options for orphans and vulnerable children and strengthening families through education and support.
In South Africa, challenges in family functioning and the spreading and reorganizing of family units are caused by inter-generational poverty, social exclusion and family breakdown prompted by apartheid policies, now combined with high unemployment and increasing economic stress on household livelihoods.(1) Poverty impacts parents' capacity to provide their children with adequate nutrition and educational opportunities on the consistent basis required for healthy development. (2)
39% of all children live with their mothers but not with their fathers; 22% do not have either of their biological parents living with them.(3)
In South Africa in 2012, there were an estimated 3.54 million orphans, constituting 19% of all children in the country.(4)
Institutional care often results in multiple negative psychological and social challenges for children and community-based strategies are recommended. This is reflected in national policy. The foster system is overburdened and there is a low rate of national adoption. (5) The care system can often be confusing, overwhelming and inaccessible for families who would be in a position to provide a home for a child.
8 million children live in orphanages and other institutions globally (6).
At least 4 out of 5 children in residential care have one or both parents alive (7).
Families provide the building blocks children need to thrive and reach their full potential.
The Family+1 project aims to respond to the crisis of orphaned and vulnerable children in South Africa through strengthening families in impoverished communities to better cope with the challenges of poverty and providing education, increased access and guidance for families to open their hearts and homes to children in need of a loving family.
Family+1 aims to increase the number of family-based care options available to vulnerable children, reducing institutionalisation and enabling children to access their right to grow up in a family. Information nights and training courses are run for families considering Temporary Safe Care, Foster Care, respite care, or adoption. These families are supported through the legal process and provided with ongoing social and material support.
Hillsong Africa Foundation also facilitate a ‘Grow’ early childhood course for single parent families with children ages 0 - 5 years, aiming to equip them with knowledge and support and to keep families together.
Eunice & Andre’s STORY
Eunice and Andre from Cape Town, South Africa, have opened their home to vulnerable children and provided temporary safe care, providing a vital source of care and stability at a crucial time in their young lives.
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Pray for family-based care options to be prioritised at every level.
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The Hillsong Africa Foundation seeks to build the resilience and capacity of individuals and families in marginalised communities. With a focus on identity, relationship, and leadership, programs are tailored in partnership with a local community and include after school programs, an early childhood education and parenting course, personal development courses, literacy development in schools, and programs to increase family-based care options for orphans and vulnerable children.
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1. Klasen, S. and Woolard, I. (2009) ‘Surviving Unemployment without State Support: Unemployment and household formation in South Africa’,
Journal of African Economies, vol. 18, no. 1, pp. 1–51. In Meintjes, H, Hall, K, & Sambu, W. 2015. Demography of South Africa’s children. South African Child Gauge 2015.
2. Ward, C., Makusha, T., & Bray, R. 2015. Parenting, poverty and young people in South Africa: What are the connections? South African Child Gauge 2015.
3. Meintjes, H, Hall, K, & Sambu, W. 2015. Demography of South Africa’s children. South African Child Gauge 2015.
4. Chereni, A., & Mahati, S.T. 2014. South Africa’s response to orphans and vulnerable children: A literature review. PCD,
5. UNICEF South Africa 2016. Alternative Care [webpage] Accessed 15.6.2016. Available: http://www.unicef.org/southafrica/protection_6633.html
6. Lumos https://www.wearelumos.org
7. Kinnected http://kinnected.org.au