How we work We have a holistic approach to child care.
Physical and mental welfare Eluxolweni provides three meals per day as well as a mid-afternoon snack at weekends and during school holidays. A healthy balance of carbohydrates, protein, fresh vegetables and fruit is maintained. Amasango School provides the mid-morning snack and lunch on school days. Boys attending mainstream schools also receive lunch at school.
New clothing in the form of school uniform and casual clothes [summer and winter] is bought for each boy. It is very exciting for our boys to go shopping with a carer to choose their own clothes. The Grahamstown community is generous in donating second-hand clothing.
Boys who become ill or who have dental problems are accompanied by a child and youth care worker to the nearby day hospital which has a dental clinic. Eluxolweni supplies the boys with toiletries each month. We have a comprehensive first aid box. Masters students from the Department of Psychology Counselling Clinic at Rhodes University assist many of our boys. More serious cases are referred through the Department of Health to psychologists at the Fort England Psychiatric Hospital Outpatient's Clinic. Social development Socialisation is facilitated through a range of activities which encourage interaction with people of different backgrounds. The Centre for Community Engagement at Rhodes University plays a supportive role in encouraging students to volunteer in many extra-mural activities with our boys, as do many of our other social partners.
All boys over 14 participate in The President's Award youth development programmes, which falls under the Duke of Edinburgh international youth development programme.
Sport is encouraged, and soccer matches are a regular and popular feature of life at Eluxolweni.
Education Education is a corner stone of our work, school attendance is compulsory. Children are placed at appropriate schools with the assistance of the educational psychologist at the Department of Education.
Grahamstown Amasango Career School is a registered public special needs school for children with psycho-social barriers to learning. This co-educational school offers accelerated bridging education to children who are severely age-inappropriate for their grades as well a vocational skills development. Students who catch up academically are re-introduced to mainstream high schools in grade 8.
In 2018, 7 of our boys attended mainstream high schools, 2 of whom passed grade 12, one of whom is attending Rhodes University. In 2019, 6 boys are attending mainstream high schools. Spiritual development Eluxolweni is supported by a number of churches of various denominations. The boys regularly attend services at the Cathedral which has a racially integrated staff and congregation. Several of our boys play in the Cathedral Marimba band. One of our former boys assists with the Cathedral sound system. Several are learning to ring bells.