Childline KZN will close in weeks without urgent funding
Local kids were spotted unleashing their Super Hero status with Vanespiri Pillay and Mervyn Sigamoney from Childline KZN. More than 28,000 children in KwaZulu-Natal will phone Childline KZN’s crisis line next month and unless urgent funding is secured, these children will be left alone in their hour of need, as Childline KZN will close down in September due to a lack of funds. Childline KZN was founded over 27 years ago and each month offers free help, advice, counseling, therapy and support for children and teenagers in KZN. Issues dealt with by Childline KZN range from bullying at school, suicide and exam pressures, to violence in the home and sexual abuse.
“We have been using our reserves to keep going but these are almost finished,” said Sigamoney. “We have already had to suspend some services due to the financial crisis.
“Children are now forced to face the intimidation of court without Childline KZN’s support; we’ve had to reduce our outreach programme to kids in schools; and stop a number of specialist counseling services. This is a heartbreaking situation as we know the impact this has on children.
With only a few weeks of funding left, the situation is set to become a lot worse.... Read the full, comprehensive news article and discuss at DurbanZone Online MagazineSimilar Stories