Who We Help:
The Benjamin Generation exists to rescue and raise orphaned, abandoned, abused and neglected children. These children typically come from poor, rural communities and are placed with us via the Department of Social Development (DSD). We have 20 children, 4 full time live-in and 4 full time live-out carers living on site as of today (11 Oct 2017).
The Benjamin Generation receives zero funding from the government either for the current children of the state or the past children in temporary placements we have had the joy of being able to rescue.
What We Do:
- We operate a 24 hour Run a Place of Safety. The new registration/term for places of safety is ‘Child and Youth Care Centers. We have capacity in Moore House for up to 36 children but have paused the intake of more children until we can secure more monthly funding coming in.
- Build 5 long-term foster care homes that have capacity for another 36 children. We currently have 3 homes ready for occupancy but the challenge is finding foster parents. We are in the process of screening 2 ladies who have a heart to foster children. People with a heart for fostering often do not have the means and those that have the means often do not have the heart to foster children. So the model we have is simple. Find Foster mothers or ‘Gogo’s (Grannies in Zulu) with a heart and then as an organisation provide the means. To do this we will rent out the fully equipped house we have made to the ladies for R1 per month, lights and water included. The agreement will be that so long as they foster 3 children or more we will rent them a home. The foster grant for each child will go directly in to the Gogo’s bank account as they will have and manage the relationship with the State, we simply facilitate. There is a lot more support we then provide and the end result is that they will have their own nuclear, autonomous family with a mother, brothers and sisters and when they reach 18 our fostered children would have had a loving, safe and secure home and we trust they will have more opportunities and skills for the future.
- Develop a farming operation that will ultimately fund both 1 & 2 above. Check out our sustainability page for more info.
Our Model Compared to Others
Let’s look at a sliding scale of possibilities for children. At one end we have a child who has a loving married mother and father who care for and love their child. On the other we have an abandoned child living on the street being severely abused daily by anyone and everyone. All organizations like ours do, is identify where a child is on that scale and try move them in a positive direction, away from the one end and toward the other. NPO’s, care facilities, institutions, orphanages, programs, projects and the like, are all simply trying to improve the quality of life with the resources available to them at the time. We make mention of this because we may not have the best model or all the answers, but we have and will dedicate our lives to improve that of neglected children as best we can.
We should ALWAYS look at how to do things better but we so often see groups conflict over the various models employed and become contentious about it. We should keep it firmly in our minds just how far groups (including the government) have managed to move the children along positively on the scale and compare it to the end they were rescued from.
With that said….Our model is a hybrid between our sister organization SACRP and LIV Village. Our hope is that we can restore something of the original plan for a loving family environment for the children we have the privilege of helping.