Posted July 11, 2018 12:34:14An international nonprofit organization has been tasked with providing safe, quality care for thousands of children in South Africa, but it is now facing a critical question: how many are really orphans?
The South African Government has allocated about $8.3 million ($5.7 million in the form of tax credits) to the South African Adoption and Rescuing Association (SARA) in the past three years, which is one of the most prestigious charities in the world.SARA operates over 6,000 orphanages and care homes, including an orphanage at the heart of the city of Johannesburg that provides services for the elderly, young children and the disabled.
According to the organization’s website, the orphanage, which also serves as a care home for children in the country’s rural areas, operates from September 2018 to April 2019, and operates on a shoestring budget.
Sara’s mission is to “work in partnership with and support those with disabilities and those who cannot cope in their homes to find homes for their loved ones.”
The organization also provides support to children who have been diagnosed with special needs.
The government’s funding comes in the midst of a nationwide shortage of nursing homes.
The South Africa Nursing Association (SANA) says the current crisis in nursing homes has left some parents unable to care for their newborns and children in their care.
“I think that there is a lack of nursing facilities, especially for children who are under 6 years of age.
The situation is so dire, that many parents have to leave their children behind in care facilities,” SANA executive director Dr. Ravi Mehta told Al Jazeera.”
Parents who are unable to provide care to their children and children who cannot provide care for themselves, are left with the choice of transferring the child to a different nursing home or to a care facility.”
Mehta said the SANA is seeking an end to the countrys “lack of support and support for children”.
The government has pledged to spend up to $1.4 billion to provide nursing homes for South Africans who cannot afford to live elsewhere.
But the money is currently not earmarked for SANA, which has also been under attack by local politicians in the state of Pemba who want the money for their wards to be transferred to other agencies.
“We need to find a way to create the capacity of the SANIA, which will be able to provide for the children in SANAP [South African Police Force] and the SA Police [National Emergency Response Agency],” said Mehtan.
The SANA has faced criticism in recent years for its handling of cases of abuse, neglect and exploitation of children.
According a 2015 audit, SANA was found to have not adequately funded its programs, which included the adoption and rescue of children, but the audit also revealed that the agency had a “lacking infrastructure” to respond to a crisis of this scale.
In 2016, the SANP reported an increase in the number of cases and deaths of children that it considered related to abuse and neglect, with the majority of deaths being related to neglect.SANA’s financial troubles are the result of a number of factors, according to Mehtah.
One is the lack of funding from the state government.
According to a recent SANA report, the organization had a budget of $3.5 million in 2017, a year-on-year increase of $1 million.
This is only $2.7 per child, an increase of less than one-third of the $2,000 budget for SAAP.
Mehtah says the SAAP has been criticized by the South Africa Institute of Criminology (SAIC) for failing to meet SANA’s stated goals of providing care to orphans and their families.
“There is an inherent bias within the SAIC towards the state,” he said.
In 2015, the South Australian government also put SANA on the National List of Child Abuse and Neglect, a move which was later withdrawn.
The state’s new Liberal government has promised to increase funding for SANIP, but this will not happen until 2021, and it is not clear whether it will actually meet SANARA’s stated goal of $6 million in 2019.
Mehtaa says SANA should have been funded as soon as it was declared a child abuse and child neglect agency.
“There are some serious challenges for the SAI, for SA NAP, for the SNA.
SAI has to provide services to the state that are necessary to provide the care to children.
SA NPA should be providing services to children,” he explained.”
But we cannot rely on SAN AP alone.
The SANPA is a very small part of the overall SNA, and SNA is a huge body.
There are so many agencies that are working in a coordinated way to support children in a crisis