Home from Home: Raising orphans in loving community homes

first_imgCentral to the Home from Home model of care is the special bond between foster parent and child. (Image: Home from Home)It all started 11 years ago with one house and six children. Today it is a network of community-based foster homes that give orphaned and neglected kids a chance at a real childhood, outside institutions, in a loving home. This is the innovative model of South Africa’s Home from Home fostering network.“Home from Home isn’t an institution. We’re not a children’s home,” says co-founder and managing trustee Pippa Shaper. “We are a group – a cluster – of small community-based family homes. Our homes look like any other home on the street. They integrate into the local community.”Recognising that children respond better in small community foster homes than in institutional care, Home from Home was founded in 2005, and has grown rapidly from one house in Khayelitsha to many homes around the country.Over the past 11 years, about 300 children have been raised by the Home from Home network. Today, it cares for 198 children in 33 homes, in 15 different communities, all over the Western Cape.“When we decide to work in a new community, we come from a couple of angles,” says Shaper. “Either we will discover, through working with the Department of Social Development, that there is a tremendous need to have a new home in the area. Other times, a church or community organisation will come to us and say, ‘We’ve got a need in our area.’ But they don’t have the resources, they don’t have the model, they don’t have the idea to do it.“That’s when Home from Home comes along. We’ve got the model of care set up. We have the experience. We’ve got the professional skills. So we can come in and partner with a local community group or church to help them – and empower them, really – to look after their own orphans.”Central to the Home from Home model of care is the special bond between foster parent and child.“To work with children – this is the thing I like most in my life,” says Hellen Ntshikila, a foster mother living in Khayelitsha. “I used to look after my sisters at home. It’s in my veins, to look after children.”Selecting the right person for the role of foster mother is paramount. A small, loving family unit, where siblings are kept together, is the recipe for the children’s ongoing development.This creates a place where they can be brought up as part of a community, speaking their first language, and gaining a sense of their own identity.“Selecting the home mother, the foster mother, is the most difficult part of all our work. They are the most important people in the whole organisation,” says Jayne Payne, social worker and co-founder of Home from Home. “We need to get someone who is really going to love and cherish the children, and look after them as if they are their own children. It has to be someone who really wants to care for children.“And we’ve been very, very lucky. We’ve got wonderful foster mothers – so dedicated. Because it’s a hard job to care for children who aren’t your own.“We see the foster mothers every few days. We are very involved with them.”Many of the children under the care of Home from Home are HIV-positive. But with proper care and medication, they can go on to live full and meaningful lives.A safe, stable, loving family is what every child needs and deserves. Children in foster care have often come from a place of great sadness – of abuse, neglect, poverty, ill health and loss. Home from Home aims to redress this by providing children with security from harm or any form of abuse, in secure families where they can settle and not be fearful of being uprooted. It also provides children with the food, health care, education and psychological support they need.By loving the children and accepting them as they are, Home from Home aims to raise its foster kids to become well-adjusted adults who will contribute to society.The network creates opportunities for them to become valuable members of society through every means possible – individual treatment plans, therapeutic assistance, extra help with educational needs, excellent health care, the chance to expand their world vision through experiences they would otherwise not get.HOW TO VOLUNTEEROne of the most rewarding ways to get involved with Home from Home is by becoming a volunteer. They accept both local and international volunteers, and there are many tasks they need help with. Everything, from taking children on outings to helping get children and foster parents to clinics, the NGO needs assistance from taking children on outings to providing a lift to a foster mother and child to the local clinic for an appointment.“We would also love to have volunteers with special skills – for example, counselling, physiotherapy and occupational therapy amongst others – which we could incorporate into our programme,” says Shaper.To find out more, visit the Home from Home website.last_img read more

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Spot-fixing high on agenda at ICC executive board meeting

first_imgSpot-fixing allegations against three Pakistan players and the Future Tours Programme from 2012 to 2020 are the main agenda items that the International Cricket Council’s (ICC) executive board will discuss at its two-day meet, beginning in Dubai on Tuesday.Test captain Salman Butt, Mohammad Amir and Mohammad Asif were provisionally suspended by the ICC after allegations surfaced that the two pacers took bribes for bowling deliberate no-balls during the Lord’s Test against England, while Butt acted as the facilitator.”The ICC board, which has a zero-tolerance approach to corruption in cricket, will be updated on the spot-fixing allegations against three Pakistan players during a recent tour to England,” an ICC release said.”In accordance with the provision of the code, all three have appealed that provisional suspension and the independent hearing will take place in Doha, Qatar, on 30 and 31 October and will be chaired by the head of the ICC code of conduct commission, Michael Beloff, QC,” it added.The board will also consider the recommendations from the ICC chief executives’ committee (CEC), which met in Cape Town last month.These recommendations seek to give context and content for international cricket within the Future Tours Programme (FTP) after 2012 and also to consider future ICC events. According to the ICC, the board will consider a lot of the recommendations including that the FTP should consist of a Test league to provide context for all Test matches.The league would determine the top four teams to qualify for an ICC Test play-off.The other recommendations include that the play-off should be held once every four years to determine the Test champion team with a request to hold the first such playoff in 2013.advertisementAnother recommendation is that the FTP should also consist of a One-Day International league, the first to run from April 2011 until April 2014, culminating in the crowning of an ODI league champion.This would run separate to the ICC Cricket World Cup. Another proposal sees the World Cup consisting of a 10-team format from 2015 and the World Twenty20 consisting of a 16-team format from 2012, with the women’s event continuing to run alongside.The board will also hear reports from the Asian Cricket Council (ACC) on cricket development in China while New Zealand Cricket, which has a principle partnership agreement with the United States Cricket Association, will report on progress in America.With inputs from PTIlast_img read more

In the shadow of fear

first_imgParental control of children begins at home and is perpetuated in schools, colleges and workplaces.Ask any Indian parent what the most important aspect of parenting is, and he is likely to say ‘ discipline’. And this doesn’t mean the positive kind of discipline recommended by psychologists either: 90 per cent of Indian parents are reported to shout at their children and almost the same number favour slapping as a method of keeping their children’s behaviour in check. According to a recent UNICEF report, 3 out of 4 children in India have been subjected to harsh verbal and psychological discipline while half have been physically punished.This news should hardly surprise any of us who are familiar with the Indian’s ‘ fear based’ methods of parenting.Parental control of children begins at home and is perpetuated in schools, colleges and workplaces. This almost insurmountable nexus between parents, the educational system and society is based on instilling fear in children – of failure, ridicule, and repercussions.The Chinese are no different, as evident from the recently published memoir of a Chinese mother Amy Chua, Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother . The author says that raising her daughters the ” Asian” way meant denying them playtime, sports and TV. It meant pushing them to play the piano for up to three hours daily. Once Chua even refused to let her daughter go to the bathroom until she mastered a difficult piano piece.Chua’s confessions have led to widespread uproar and debate about whether laws should be formulated to prevent parents from practicing such coercive and emotionally abusive methods of child rearing. We Indians should ask ourselves the same question. One look at statistics is enough to prove that we are a society that undervalues and shames its children.advertisementThe condition of adolescent children in India is among the worst in the world, says a recent UNICEF report on the ‘ State of the World’s Children’. Aside from the dismal health scenario of these teens, one third report being physically abused.Children who are subjected to constant humiliation learn to humiliate.Those who are punished and treated aggressively become aggressive towards other children and grow up to be violent adults who abuse their spouses and children. Deep down, we know this.We know we are a society in the throes of a parenting crisis each time an incident of aggression, suicide or murder is reported among minor children. An 11 year old girl hangs herself because her mother marches off to the principal of her school to protest against the little girl’s confessions about a crush on a boy in her class. A class VIII student of a Delhi school kicks and punches his teacher and then slashes her face with a sharp object when she tries to stop him from cheating in an exam.Numerous similar stories appear daily, jolting us into the realisation that we can no longer get away by saying that western societies breed violent children. Nor can we keep blaming the violence on TV and movies for the unruly behaviour of our children. Any shrink will tell you that aggressive behaviour is bred by a child’s family environment and the social and economic conditions in which he was raised and that we need to come up with less archaic and more thoughtful ways of raising our children.The only way to stop this violence from escalating is to stop yelling and slapping and make an effort to adopt more constructive methods of disciplining our children. Let’s consider parenting our children without controlling them. Positive discipline parenting can be learned through the workshops conducted by counsellors in the city, and book shops are full of guides on the topic.Teachers should practice the classroom management model, which consists of a specific set of behaviors for rewarding good behaviour and curtailing negative behaviour. It really is up to mothers, fathers and teachers to act as agents of change by evolving new methods of disciplining children that don’t diminish them.last_img read more

Lou Williams leads Clippers’ rally from 25 down to beat Pistons

first_imgWilliams finished with 39 points. Detroit’s Blake Griffin had 24 points and 11 rebounds against his former team, and Reggie Jackson added 29 points for the Pistons.“Devastating is the word for that game. I thought we played some of our best basketball all season in the first half. We were engaged and we were moving the ball,” Detroit coach Dwane Casey said. “In the second half, we didn’t send Lou Williams the right way all half. Everyone in the league knows which way Lou wants to go with the ball, and we let him do it every time.”The Pistons led 40-22 after a first quarter in which they made eight 3-pointers. Los Angeles took three timeouts in the game’s first 5:25, but that didn’t do much to stem the tide.ADVERTISEMENT DETROIT, MICHIGAN – FEBRUARY 02: Lou Williams #23 of the LA Clippers celebrates a second half basket with Mike Scott #30 while playing the Detroit Pistons at Little Caesars Arena on February 02, 2019 in Detroit, Michigan. Los Angeles won the game 111-101. Gregory Shamus/Getty Images/AFPDETROIT — The Los Angeles Clippers wiped out a 23-point deficit in less than nine minutes.Then Lou Williams took over.ADVERTISEMENT Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting The rally from 25 down was the largest regular-season comeback in Clippers history. They rallied from 24 down against Chicago in 2004. Detroit led 65-47 at halftime. It was still a comfortable margin until the very end of the third, when the Clippers — who were starting a six-game road trip — began to make a game of it.Williams made a pair of 3-pointers during his 16-point tear in the fourth. Los Angeles outscored the Pistons 35-14 in the final period.TIP-INSClippers: Montrezl Harrell scored 16 points and Mike Scott added 15. Only one starter was in double figures, and that was Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, who scored 14. … Los Angeles has had a bigger comeback than this in the postseason. The Clippers rallied from 27 down against Memphis in 2012.Pistons: Detroit finished 17 of 42 from 3-point range, going 6 of 22 in the second half.FAMILIAR FACESThe Pistons gave up Tobias Harris, Avery Bradley and Boban Marjanovic in the deal for Griffin. Those three combined for 23 points Saturday.Griffin outscored them by one, but didn’t get the win.“We just did a poor job picking it up on defense,” Griffin said. “Down the stretch in the third quarter, we had some turnovers — I had a turnover — and we missed some shots. When that happens, you have to sit down and play defense, and we didn’t do that.”IN RELIEF LATEST STORIES ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes UP NEXTClippers: Visit Toronto on Sunday.Pistons: Host Denver on Monday night. The Clippers’ reserves came in averaging a league-best 51.3 points per game, and they outscored Detroit’s bench 80-17. The Pistons’ starters outscored their Los Angeles counterparts 84-31, but it wasn’t enough.It was a 3-pointer by Scott that tied the game at 89.“Lou was the star, but if you had a second star it was Mike, and it was on both ends,” Clippers coach Doc Rivers said. “I thought Mike became extremely physical defensively on Blake, and I thought that made a big difference.” View comments ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes MOST READcenter_img Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war Zion Williamson’s 29 leads No. 2 Duke to rout of St. John’s US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Williams scored 16 Los Angeles points in a row during a torrid fourth-quarter stretch, and the Clippers dominated the final period of a 111-101 victory over the Detroit Pistons on Saturday night.The Clippers trailed by 25 in the second quarter and were down 83-60 in the third before storming back to tie the game at 89 in the fourth.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesIt was 91-all before Williams scored every Los Angeles point during a decisive run that put the Clippers up 107-96.“When you’re down big like that, you try to get it to 12. Then you try to get it to eight at a certain point, try to get it to six and give yourself an opportunity to win the game,” Williams said. “Like clockwork, we were hitting all of those spots, and we gave ourselves an opportunity to go win the game at about the eight-minute mark.”last_img read more

RS poll: 2 TRS candidates set to win uncontested

first_imgHyderabad, Jun 1 (PTI) Nomination papers of the two TRS candidates for the biennial election to Rajya Sabha from Telangana have been found to be valid.Senior TRS leaders D Srinivas and V Lakshmikanta Rao yesterday filed their nominations.The nominations of both of them have been found to be valid after scrutiny, a release from the office of the Chief Electoral Officer said.TRS has the numbers to win both the seats and as there are no other candidates, Srinivas and Lakshmikanta Rao are set to be declared elected uncontested. PTI SJR KRK SMNlast_img

10 months agoCardiff boss Warnock furious with ref ‘experiment’ for Watford defeat

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Cardiff boss Warnock furious with ref ‘experiment’ for Watford defeatby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveCardiff City boss Neil Warnock was furious after their 3-2 win over Watford.Andrew Madley officiated the game at Vicarage Road, which ended in a win for the Hornets, the young referee’s first Premier League game of the season.In fact it was only Madley’s second ever match officiating in the English top tier, a decision which left Warnock bemused.”I was disappointed in one or two things,” said Warnock.”I thought Murphy should have had a free-kick, I thought it was very similar to the one he gave on the edge of their box.”And I thought Troy Deeney was lucky not to get a card if I’m honest. Conditions were poor but once he started sliding in and the goalie was going to get it, he could have pulled his foot away.”When I’ve got Andre Marriner sat at the side of me and I’ve got a young referee who’s (refereeing) his first game of the season, I don’t understand that at all.”Whether it’s just because ‘it’s only Cardiff City and we’ll let someone have an experiment today…” last_img read more

a month agoPogba willing to stay with Man Utd – for record wages

first_imgPogba willing to stay with Man Utd – for record wagesby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the lovePaul Pogba is demanding Manchester United make him one of the highest paid players in the world if they want him to stay.Tuttosport says the midfielder’s first choice is to leave United, with Real Madrid and Juventus keen.However, Pogba is prepared to stay with United if they accept his terms.The World Cup winner is seeking over €650,000-a-week to stay – or €34m-a-year.New contract talks commenced between the two parties on Tuesday. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img

13 Scary Canadian Films

first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Lobby Card for Shivers scanned from an original set in the Northernstars Collection. Toronto, ON – Canadian horror movies rarely make it onto the curriculum for Canadian cinema studies, but nevertheless they occupy an important place in the canon. From The Mask, released in 1961, to the Resident Evil franchise, Canadian horror movies have broken new ground and box office records. The Mask was the first Canadian feature to be successfully released in the U.S.; Resident Evil: Afterlife became the highest-grossing Canadian movie worldwide. And while Canadian horror might be the orphan child of academia, it lives and thrives online and elsewhere. There are film festivals like Toronto After Dark and Montreal’s Fantasia Film Festival and many others that include the latest Canadian films from the dark side, as well as multiple websites dedicated to the genre and its fan base appears alive and well, at least in cyberspace.I have chosen a sampling of 13 vintage and recent Canadian films for your Halloween viewing pleasure, from Bob Clark’s perennial favourite, Black Christmas, which some consider the first “slasher” film, to David Cronenberg’s early works, which earned him the reputation as the “Baron of Blood,” to offbeat zombie films Fido and Pontypool, to werewolves Poster scanned from an original in the Northernstars Collection.(My own personal favourite, David Cronenberg’s The Fly (1986) with Jeff Goldblum and Geena Davis, is the director’s masterful re-imaging of the 1958 original. Although it was shot in Toronto with Cronenberg’s regular creative team, it was financed by American producer/comedian Mel Brooks and does not qualify as a Canadian film.) Advertisement Advertisement Advertisementcenter_img Facebook Black Christmas (1974) with Olivia Hussey, Keir Dullea and Margot Kidder. As the holiday season approaches, one by one the residents of a sorority house are brutally slain by a heavy-breathing maniac armed with plastic wrap and some serious childhood traumas. The film acts as a somewhat less-than-graphic precursor to the impending run of slasher films in the later 1970s and 1980s (such as Friday the 13th and Halloween), offering a preview of conventions such as the prowling, subjective camera, menacing phone call from inside the house, the slaughter of sexy but dumb young women and the uncertain death of the killer. Black Christmas is a rarity among Canadian films. It was remade in 2006. In that version, the backstory of the killer is fleshed out with scenes of incest, cannibalism and butchery, which provide the only really interesting drama in this otherwise predictable chopping shop of a movie. Andrea Martin, who appeared as one of the sorority sisters in the original, is recast as the housemother, a part that went to Olivia Hussey in the original. Login/Register With: Twitterlast_img read more

Washington bans anyone under 21 from buying assault rifles

first_imgSEATTLE — Washington on Tuesday joined a handful of other states that ban anyone under 21 from buying a semi-automatic assault rifle after voters passed a sweeping firearms measure in November that has drawn a court challenge from gun-rights advocates.The ballot initiative seeks to curb gun violence by toughening background checks for people buying assault rifles, increasing the age limit to buy those firearms and requiring the safe storage of all guns. Only the age-limit portion of the measure goes into effect on Jan. 1; the rest becomes law on July 1.Kristen Ellingboe, a spokeswoman for the Washington Alliance for Gun Responsibility, said the initiative was one of the most comprehensive gun-violence prevention measures to pass in the United States. It specifically targeted “semi-automatic assault rifles” in response to mass shootings across the country, she said.“We’ve seen that assault rifles are the weapon of choice for mass shootings, and when they’re used, more people are killed and injured,” Ellingboe said.Fifty-nine per cent of Washington voters approved Initiative 1639 in the Nov. 6 general election.“We’ve see time and again that Washington voters want action to prevent gun violence in our state,” Ellingboe said. “They showed that again by supporting 1639 by a wide margin.”Opponents have sued to block it.“Starting today, young adults between the ages of 18 to 20 will have their rights to purchase semi-automatic rifles stripped away,” said Dave Workman, a spokesman for the Bellevue, Washington-based Second Amendment Foundation.The federal lawsuit says the measure violates the Second and 14th amendments of the Constitution as well as gun sellers’ rights under the Commerce Clause. Plaintiffs in the lawsuit are firearms dealers in Spokane and Vancouver, a 19-year-old competitive shooter, a 19-year-old in the Army Reserves, a 20-year-old recreational shooter, the Second Amendment Foundation and the National Rifle Association.Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson said he “looks forward to representing the people of the state of Washington in court against the NRA.”“The gun lobby is trying to thwart the will of nearly 60 per cent of Washingtonian voters who supported common sense gun reform in our state,” he said in an email.The full measure, when it goes into effect later this year, will expand the background check process to ensure that vetting for rifle purchases is the same as for buying pistols.Now, people in Washington who buy long guns are run through the FBI’s National Instant Criminal Background Check System, or NICS. Background checks for handgun sales are done by local law enforcement agencies that can access NICS as well as more detailed records that might expose mental health issues or harder-to-find criminal records. And you must be 21 to purchase a pistol.“This will update Washington state law so the requirements to purchase semi-automatic assault rifle will match handguns,” Ellingboe said.In most states, including over the border in Idaho and Oregon, you must be 18 to buy an assault rifle. But Republican-dominant Florida passed a law after a school shooting to increase the age limit to 21.Nikolas Cruz was 18 when he legally bought the assault rifle he used to kill 17 people at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, last February.Four other states — Hawaii, Illinois, Vermont and New York — also prohibit anyone under 21 from buying all firearms.Workman of Second Amendment Foundation says Washington’s measure will take away firearms from law-abiding residents who can easily pass multiple background checks. It will impair public safety and embolden criminals while placing restrictions on people who already legally own semi-automatic rifles, Workman said.Martha Bellisle, The Associated Presslast_img read more