ensuring positive traits

One of our most exciting programmes at Ethelbert is SCOUTS. Scouting encourages positive traits such as honesty, integrity and fairness, all these qualities are considered the key to great leadership. Over the last nine years, we have seen traumatised children gain confidence and independence through their journey in Scouting and children who have gone on to become adults with strong values and morals.

Scouting has been integral in ensuring that each child is able to look after themselves once they are placed back with their families. A good example of this is when one of our Scouts visited his father for a weekend, who lives in a shack that has no electricity or running water. After the weekend visit, the Scout told me how he was able to cook a meal for his father over a fire, using the fire-making and backwoods cooking skills he had learnt at Scouts.

Another example of the skills being put into practice is, after gaining her Swimming Interest badge, another of our Scouts was able to save a Caregiver, who could not swim when the Caregiver fell into the deep end of our pool. A tragedy was averted by the knowledge she had gained as a Scout.

SCOUTS is based on the following principles:

Duty to God

Adherence to spiritual principles and loyalty to the religion that expresses them.

Duty to others

Loyalty to one’s country, with the promotion of local, national and international peace and understanding.

Duty to self

Responsibility for the development of oneself.

For more info on Scouting go to the SCOUTS South Africa website:

Running Club

Running will boost your spirits

“The miracle isn’t that I finished. The miracle is that I had the courage to start.” John Bingham

Whether you’re having a bad day or you’re in a good mood, running will boost your spirits and make you feel positive. Which is just one of the reasons why we have encouraged the children to participate in the RUNNING club.

Thanks to RUNNING club starter, Ntuthuko Zulu, the children have improved their fitness levels and also participate in various fun runs.

When asked why they enjoy taking part in the RUNNING club, one of the children said, “When I am running, I don’t have to think about my problems. All I am concentrating on is the road ahead of me and it’s peaceful.”

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Adolescent Development Training

we aim to equip our youth with the necessary skills

Adolescence can be a difficult time for anyone to negotiate, particularly when one has been removed from one’s home. Youth in group homes and foster care have substantial issues and needs in making a successful transition to adulthood. By understanding adolescent development, we can better appreciate how and why young people behave the way they do, and we can help young people make better decisions.

While each teenager is an individual with a unique personality and interests, there are also many developmental milestones—or issues—that everyone faces during adolescence.

Our Adolescent Development Training (A.D.T.) programme, facilitated by our Senior Child Care Worker, aims to equip our youth with the necessary skills to reach their full potential.

Topics covered in the programme include: Self-identity; Substance abuse; Spirituality; Career Guidance; Peer pressure; and Life goals.

Garden Group

help our children grow

As part of our programme to teach our children to be self-sufficient, we have found that the Garden Group is a favourite.

Besides teaching them how to grow their own vegetables, an indirect lesson is for them to learn how dedication and caring can bring something to life.

The children in the Garden Group show immense pride when it comes to harvest time, which is evident when they share their vegetables with the other children.