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December 2017

2017 in review
Message from our CEO Francois Grobbelaar

From humble beginnings in 2002, FASfacts has grown from strength to strength and it is with great appreciation that we can reflect on the successes of 2017.

We are immensely grateful to report that not only did we complete all projects, but we were blessed to be able to even expand in some instances. The highlight of 2017 is without a doubt the extension of our services to East London in the Eastern Cape Province. Due to an increase in financial contributions and support, FASfacts were able to increase our provincial reach to the Eastern Cape where we launched intervention programmes in the Mdantsane and Gunubie communities. This was our first intervention in the province and there are several role players that we need to acknowledge for their contribution.

Firstly our profound appreciation to our Heavenly Father who has always provided and in Whom we place our trust. A massive thank you to our loyal donors especially the Distell Foundation, Nelson Mandela Children's Fund, Departments of Social Development and Agriculture Western Cape, Cape Winelands District Municipality, the National Lotteries Commission, as well as all other donors that enabled us to continue our work.

I also want to acknowledge all FASfacts' personnel including our volunteers and our Board of Directors for their selfless service and support.

A special word of thanks to Khuluma Ne Sizwe, FASfacts' Fundraising and Communication Office in Pretoria, for their support in raising funds for FASfacts. "Through your support you make a valuable contribution towards the Prevention of FASD in South Africa."

I wish you a blessed Christmas and a well-deserved break. We look forward to once again take hands in 2018 to strengthen our fight against Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS).

Francois Grobbelaar

  In this Edition
 Message from our CEO  

 FASfacts opens in the Eastern Cape Province  

 Expanded Public Works Programme in the Hex River Valley  

 FASfacts Pregnant Women Mentoring Programme (PWMP)  

 BOB Programme (Beste Opgepaste Baba/Best Cared-For Baby)  

 Meet our Community Workers  


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FASfacts opens in the Eastern Cape Province

 Following a rigorous selection process by the Eastern Cape Liquor Board, FASfacts was selected to implement our Train the Trainer Programme as well as our Pregnant Women Mentoring Programme (PWMP) in East London in partnership with the Distell Foundation, Eastern Cape Liquor Board and Rhodes University. Rhodes University was appointed and tasked to conduct a Baseline Study in Mdantsane and Gunubie communities.

FASfacts is pleased to announce the appointment of Ms Nontsindiso Nzimande (left), a social worker, to lead the Eastern Cape programme. This programme is expected to run over a period of 3 years.

We launched the Train the Trainer Programme in September 2017 and 50 trainers will have completed their FASfacts FAS-Awareness Programme training by December 2017.

The Pregnant Women Mentoring Programme will commence in January 2018 with 20 mentors recruited into the programme - once training is completed these mentors will provide a Psycho Social Support Service to 60 pregnant women over a 12 month period, encouraging them towards sobriety and an alcohol-free lifestyle. We will soon appoint a Community Worker to support and coordinate the mentors.

Francois Grobbelaar: CEO FASfacts; Prof. Catriona Macleod: Professor Psychology Dept. Rhodes University; Mgwebi Msiya: Manager Social Accountability Eastern Cape Liquor Board; Tamzyn Van Den Heever: Social Worker FASfacts Western Cape; Sonja Morkel: Temp CSI Controller: Distell Group Ltd; Sibongile Matebese: Master Student Psychology Dept. Rhodes University; Katlego Mologo: Intern Researcher Psychology Dept. Rhodes University; Nontozamo Tsetse: Intern Researcher Psychology Dept. Rhodes University; Nichole Solomons: Transformation Manager Distell Group Ltd; Nontsindiso Nzimande: Social Worker FASfacts Eastern Cape.


Expanded Public Works Programme in the Hex River Valley

The Hex River Valley Expanded Public Works Programme is an initiative funded by the Department of Social Development, Substance Abuse Department, and implemented by FASfacts in the De Doorns area. This project consists of 10 community worker interns who works with at-risk individuals to raise awareness about the dangers of alcohol consumption during pregnancy. They also support the FASfacts Social Worker to strengthen the Pregnant Women Mentoring Programme (PWMP).

The project started in April 2017 and was launched by Minister Albert Fritz, Minister of Social Development in the government of the Western Cape.

During August 2017, the community worker interns worked on the Phelopepha (Health) Train, a facility that operates as a mobile clinic to bring medical and educational services to rural areas, and they assisted by raising awareness through the distribution of brochures and face-to-face discussions on the effects and prevention of Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS).

The project was evaluated by the Department of Social Development and has been nominated for a youth award at the ministerial excellence awards.

Tamzyn Van Den Heever (far left) and Francois Grobbelaar, FASfacts CEO (in the middle) with 10 interns in the Hex River Valley


FASfacts Pregnant Women Mentoring Programme (PWMP)

Mentors recruiting pregnant women
FASfacts' Pregnant Women Mentoring Programme is now in its 7th year and to date has assisted 489 pregnant women to maintain sobriety or reduce their alcohol and substance use during their periods of pregnancy and breastfeeding.

FASfacts recruit mentors from the community where the programme is implemented and provide them with training to provide a Psycho Social Support Service and intervention to pregnant mothers within their community over a period of 12 months which is focused on education, emotional support and motivation for sobriety and a drug free life style.

Ms Sudenne Jeftha was appointed as our Senior Social Worker in 2016 and she is also coordinating the Pregnant Women Mentoring Programme (PWMP). She explains "not only does the programme provide the necessary foundation for education and intervention, but it gives an opportunity to pregnant women to become part of the FASfacts family which provides all the necessary support".

FASfacts T-Shirts are a common sight in our communities and a highly visual communications tool. In 2017 we changed the colour to blue for the mentors, making it even more visible.

In the middle far left is Ms Sudenne Jeftha, FASfacts' Social Worker, and in the middle far right is Mr Keith Gordon, FASfacts' Office Manager.

Recently with the support of Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, we were able to train 43 mentors in the Cape Metropole namely in Mamre, Atlantis and Pella. At the back far left is Mr Herchell Barron FASfacts' Training Officer. At the back far right is Ms Tamzyn Van Den Heever, FASfacts' Social Worker. In the middle (front) is Monesia Minnaar, a student at Hugenote College in Wellington.


BOB Programme (Beste Opgepaste Baba/Best Cared-For Baby)

This programme was started in 2003 in Worcester and to date we have implemented it at more than 60+ schools in the Western Cape and Northern Cape Provinces. Early intervention prevents the onset of delinquent behaviour and helps to support the social development of our youth. Early intervention is also more cost effective saving substantial cost and resources.

Experiential Learning is about learning certain skills through taking part in activities. Basic knowledge about Fetal Alcohol Syndrome can be passed on to people through this model very effectively, as well as certain life-skills for instance respect for yourself and others, honesty, etc.

The programme focuses on Grade 6 & 7 learners (boys and girls) and aims to encourage girls to abstain from alcohol or drug consumption should they fall pregnant and it influences boys to make the decision to assist their partners and/or girlfriends during such a time.

Herchelle Baron, FASfacts Training Officer and learners from Roodewal Primary School.


Meet our Community Workers

In 2016 FASfacts undertook a decision to recruit Community Workers that can undergo training on health-related programme programme initiatives e.g. domestic violence, crime prevention and that could further support FASfacts social worker to strengthen the Pregnant Women Mentoring Programme (PWMP).

Monesia Minnaar

Monesia Minnaar (left) with mentors
Monesia is a student at Hugenote College in Wellington. Her first introduction to FASfacts was in 2010 - 2011 as learner at Victoria Park Primary School in Worcester where she participated in the BOB Programme in Grade 6 & 7. She joined FASfacts as Intern in June this year as part of her studies in the field of social work.


 Debrodine Erasmus

A former FASfacts mentor, Debrodine was appointed as Community Worker in 2016 and she is also responsible for capturing of data from the Pregnant Women Mentoring Programme (PWMP) on FASfacts' database in order to provide Monitoring and Evaluation data support.

Due to her love for people and easy communication skills, she attended the FASD Conference in Goodwood, was Master of Ceremonies at the launch of the Hex River Valley Expanded Public Works Programme and contributed on a panel discussion on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome during a local radio interview.


 Devona Faviers

Devona grew up in Worcester and after matric she relocated to Cape Town to pursue a corporate career. She has a passion for people and her community and it was a lifelong dream to become involved in social work. She returned to Worcester in the early 90's to care for her mother and enrolled for courses in homebased care whilst she volunteered at one of the local retirement homes. In 2016 she was introduced to FASfacts by one of the mentors and was appointed Community Worker in Avian Park and she has since represented FASfacts at several conferences. Here she is pictured with Minister Albert Fritz, Minister of Social Development in the government of the Western Cape.