THE TREE HOUSE
The Almond Tree identified a need for a Children’s Village able to care for vulnerable children that are older than 3 years.
Many times, cases are turned away due to the presence of a sibling older than 3 years and since The Almond Tree registration previously only provided for ages 0-3 years, this was not ideal.
We believe in keeping family together and this sparked the plans to develop The Almond Tree Children’s Village.
The Village is made up of parents and children, staff members and volunteers, all who live and work together as a community.
The Village provides homes for children who have lost their families or who are vulnerable due to various circumstances.
The Tree House is the first of many children’s homes that will be developed on the Village property.
The home can house up to 30 babies and 30 children between the ages of 0 – 12 years old. This home will be used to accommodate children until the plans to build cluster family homes come to pass.
The model of parental care is made up of husband and wife couples as well as single mothers who are entrusted as parents over the children residing in each community cluster.
The Almond Tree Village lifestyle model is based on family living with the intention of teaching the children to love and respect their fathers, mothers, brothers and sisters while encouraging a healthy perspective of what a functional family is.
The Village cluster home plan is designed into clusters of 9 houses per cluster which will provide accommodation to 324 children once at full capacity.
The houses are designed in a circle formation, with 8 houses in a cluster. A ninth house is situated just outside of the cluster where a pastoral family will have the responsibility of discipling the parents/mothers and children in that cluster.
Based on the legal requirements set out by the Department of Social Development and the Department of Justice the Village family model will consist of six vulnerable children per home.
The cluster homes will be laid out as 3 bed units. A main bedroom for the parents and two bedrooms for the children.
A communal area, lounge space and dining area will create a space where the family relationship can develop.
Each house within the cluster will have a “stoep” area that will look out onto a communal playground. This “stoep” is a place for mothers to sit and watch their children play as well as a place where mothers can gather and fellowship together and encourage one another.
The design of the house has been well thought out, since it is not just a house, but a family home for the children.
Covenant Life Church in Benoni oversees the discipleship of all staff, parents and children on the Village.In time to come, Covenant Life Church will plant a church on the Village which will be the heart of the Village.
We believe that The Almond Tree Children’s Village is a reflection of the church, a body of believers working in unity together, that is played out in a practical display of life as it happens.
We view life with an eternal mindset, meaning that every person and their position before God is important to us.
Jesus Christ said, “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely, I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” Matthew 28:19-20.
Discipleship of every staff member, parent and child is of utmost importance to us.
We believe that it takes the family of God to raise a healthy child.
The Almond Tree Children’s Village is a vibrant community where the joy of children can once again be heard as stolen childhoods are restored.
THE NURTURE NEST ECD CENTRE – OPENING JANUARY 2019
The Almond Tree has provided a place of safety and permanent residential care for babies and children at risk since 2014. They have successfully created an establishment where vulnerable children can thrive despite unfortunate circumstances.
Th Nurture Nest ECD centre is a new branch in our “Tree” and will serve as an education hub for The Almond Tree children as well as children from the local communities of Cloverdene, Crystal Park and Chief Albert Luthuli Benoni.
The need for an ECD centre in the Cloverdene area is evident and after engaging with the Department of Social Development and Department of Basic Education, the following challenging factors have been identified:
- There is a need for a registered ECD centre able to offer affordable fees.
- Unregistered ECD centres operating in the surrounding areas offer day care to many children. Due to a lack of skills, shortage of resources and improper infrastructure, the quality of the education provided is poor.
- This issue adversely affects the foundational learning potential of young children who are ill-prepared for Grade 1 and subsequently experience difficulty throughout their entire school career.
The Nurture Nest ECD centre aims to provide a solution to these challenges.
The Nurture Nest ECD centre will cater for children aged 3 years to 6 years (Grade RRR, RR & R). In addition, the outreach to the local community of parents and caregivers will provide an opportunity for The Almond Tree to positively affect families through education, support groups and workshops.
The ECD centre will open its doors in January 2019 with the capacity to admit 50 children.
There is a reality that the children received into the ECD centre may arrive with learning challenges. The Nurture Nest ECD programme aims to play an important role in prevention while addressing social problems in children before long term damage is established.
All ECD activities and development programmes are subjected to assessment and monitoring within the national norms and standards for early childhood development under the Department of Social Development.
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