Social Crime Prevention

This is a proactive programme that seeks to prevent the occurrence of criminal activities in the town ships of the Sedibeng region.

 

The program seeks to change attitudes and behaviour of the community members towards criminal activities through a project called “Tsibo”. The motto here is “crime does not pay and there are severe consequences for committing a crime”. The project involves arranging for workshops where by ex-convicts are invited to share their experiences with the community. Tsibo anticipates achieving minimal crime occurrences in the area. Sedibeng Region is a haven for crimes such as drug abuse, domestic violence, rape and stealing. This project came about after the document studies of the cases reported to Vanderbijlpark Trauma Centre which showed that there was need to be proactive in preventing such crimes. This projects targets school going children, college youth and the community at large. It seeks to educate to avoid ignorance on crime. 

 

Within the Social Crime prevention Programme, there is also a “New life perpetrator programme” that targets the already convicted and seeks to reunify them with their families and communities once they are free from incarceration. Under this project the social workers provide counselling to the families of offenders so that they can accommodate him/ her once released from correctional services. Add to that, the social worker also strives to break the stigma associated with being an ex-convict. This well to do programme was established after following a series of media reports of ex-convicts that were being denied access into their communities and were being rejected by their families of origin. They were being treated as outcasts and social misfits, alas they have been rehabilitated.

 

 

 

Community Empowerment

This program seeks to build communities from the inside out that is, from the individual’s realisation of self-efficacy and inter-connectedness with the larger community. This program was envisaged after noticing that previous community empowerment strategies were top-down and were failing to catalyse people’s participation in issues affecting them. The assistance was focused on providing the fish and not the rod. More so the project seeks to consider the communities’ creative, skills and culture as resources for example social creativity, trust tolerance, participation, cooperation and mutual aid.  The dreams, goals and objectives of this program are realised through numerous community awareness projects such as “The out of poverty dialogues” to the community and “School interventions” that offer skills development to school going children. The “out of poverty” community dialogues involve inviting motivational speakers and entrepreneurs who have made it in their different businesses to come and share their experiences and motivate the members of community to also take part in alleviating poverty.

 

Education and celebration of national and international days is also part of the Community Empowerment Program. The Vanderbijlpark Trauma Centre facilitates the recognition of these important days and seeks to explain the landmarks that heighten the importance of these days. These special days are usually marked by songs and dance from the primary schools coordinated by the staff members of the organisation that are choreographed in accordance to what will be celebrated such as the Youth day, Heritage day and Child Protection Week.

 

 

These songs and dances are displayed to the members of the community were celebrations of these events will be held. Dance competition is held every year in the month of June and Competitors will be from the local primary schools.

 

Victim Empowerment

This program comprises of two main projects namely gender based violence and the Indibano Men’s dialogue. It is in line with MDG number 3 “Promote Gender equality and empower women”. The main purpose of these two projects is to instil hope, courage, dignity and human worth to victims. They also seek to turn victims into survivors.

 

The Gender based violence project was established after actively engaging the community using the Paulo Freire’s conscientization strategies spearheaded by the social workers at Vanderbijlpark Trauma Centre. The results from this engagement revealed gender based violence as the most critical and topical issue of the day and they also highlighted how they are being put to risk of HIV infection and being crippled from the physical abuse that they are suffering from gender based violence .  To verify these findings, the said social workers approached the local police station and interviewed the Warrant Officer / Sector Manager for Crime Prevention and he revealed shocking statistics of gender based violence related cases in the area. He stated that gender based violence particularly Domestic Violence was rampant and an urgent intervention was highly welcome. It was just humanly right to introduce this project to curb this phenomenon which was hampering development at many levels. The project employs the “door to door” awareness campaign utilising frontline workers who will be educating the community members on the pieces of legislations that protect them in the event of being violated such as the Protection Order, Sexual Offences and other Related Crimes Act and the Domestic Violence Act. The door to door outreach is also intended to identify victims of gender based violence and offer them education on what steps they can take to get assistance as there exists the culture of silence. The Frontline workers also explain the importance of marriage counselling to preserve the institution.

 

 

The twin project , Indibano Men’ Dialogue came to being  after the realisation that men were not free to talk and express their views on issues that affect them such as  gender based violence, sexuality , power imbalances and secondary victimisation which inhibited them to report cases or to seek help. It was a reaction project to address the imbalances of male participation in the community. This project identifies barriers that block men from seeking help and makes an effort to engage the service providers to create conducive environments that enable men to feel free to participate. This project offers a male friendly platform for men to air their feelings and views thus breaking the traditional stereotypes of men being “strong and invincible”. The Vanderbijlpark Trauma Centre facilitates focus group discussions to identify loop holes in the service delivery systems that give limitations to men at various settings such as the taverns, industrial sites, taxi drivers and the youth in college and high schools. Workshops and trainings on how men can participate at personal and community levels are also conducted with relevant stakeholders present. 

School Interventions

The aim of the program is to create a conducive environment to activate dominant potentialities. The program seeks to empower children with knowledge about Children’s Rights, child abuse and how to act in the event that their rights have been violated. Through the school intervention program the organization aims to identify abused children, children with behavior problems and children who come from unsettled homes so that they are engaged in therapeutic programmes offered by the organization.

 

 Therapeutic activities

· Dance

· Music

· Focus group discussions

. Sports

· Mentoring

· Academic clubs

 

The organization is working with 4 primary schools and 2 high schools in Bophelong and its extensions namely Ikokobetseng primary, Seeiso primary, Mqiniswa primary, Emfuleni primary, Sapphire High school and Bophelong high schools in these schools the organization conducts information dissemination sessions on various topical social issues affecting learners for example child abuse, substance abuse, human trafficking, bullying and career guidance amongst others.

 

Events 

Every year the organization hosts 3 events with the four primary schools. The first term of each year the learners engage in Netball, Soccer, Volley ball and Basketball Tournament. The purpose of the event is to enable learners with different social or behaviour problems to use their energy positively through sports.  At the end of the tournament the participants are given awards to reinforce good behaviour at the same time showing them that they are important regardless of the different situations they are facing. 

 

In June the organization and the four primary schools commemorate Youth day.  The purpose of the event is to enlighten the learners about the importance of youth day and how to be responsible young adults who make positive changes in society. On this day the children show case their dance talent through Sarrafina and house dance completion. 

 

September of every year the organization celebratesHeritage or Cultural Day. Learners are organized into 11 different cultural groups from Ikokobetseng, Mqiniswa, and Emfuleni and Seeiso primary school to represent the different cultural group and showing people the important of culture.

 

Gender Based Violence

The project is proactive and preventive in nature on issues of gender based violence occurring at domestic, community and state levels in the area of Sedibeng. It is seeking to address the millennium developmentalgoal (MDG) three (3) that is to promote gender equality and empower women. The project will not focus only on women and children but on men as well. The project will educate and train the frontline workers such as the care givers, teachers and church leaders in the different communities within Sedibeng, on the causes of gender based violence, the cycle of gender based violence, the legislation involved in gender based violence such as the Domestic Violence Act 116 of 1998, Sexual Offences and Related Matters Act 2007, the School based Gender based Violence and how to report cases involving the SAPS and the application of Protection Orders and seeking assistance in the medical fraternity

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