Little Gems - Impact: The Stories of Our Children

Author: 
Little Gems
Publication date: 
28 February 2018

Why tell our stories ?   - - - -

In this field, we often get bogged down in the detail. We find that  society is split into two, the people who have first hand experience  of special needs care in the face of increasing socio-economic strains  and those who cannot imagine a world like this could exist. This  document aims to provide a qualitative report on the impact we have  tried to create. This document also attempts to close the gap between  the two groups by bringing a sense of humanity in a field too often  filled with numbers. The names of our children have been changed.  
 
“Stories are never-ending journeys, hidden talents or suppressed memories, all waiting to be told.”


READ THE CHILDREN'S STORIES IN THE ATTACHED BOOKLET



How can you get involved ?

Oak Haven / Little Gems is a residential home for children and young adults with special needs. We are a registered Public Benefit Organisation (Tax Exempted – section 18 A) and a registered Non-Profit Organisation. 
 
We are the last home on the spectrum of care centers. When other care centers can no longer handle the patient (usually because of aggressive behavior) we receive the child. We at any time have 30 – 35 children in our care. 
 
The children in our care have a full schedule that runs daily from 06:00 to 18:00 (then we prep for bed time) and includes soft play, sensory stimulation facilities, swimming / garden time, music , physical exercise, art therapy and dance therapy,  schooling at Flutterbyes and 5 meals daily.  
 
We do not get government support. 
 
Children who do get placed with us will in all likelihood spend the remainder of their lives with us as they cannot live independently so we provide the security to families that even after they are gone, their children will receive high level care. Our Facebook is constantly updated and shows exactly what standard of care we try to achieve, please visit our page at  https://www.facebook.com/littlegems.co.za/