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December 2018
   
 

2018 – a year of Growth
Message from our CEO Francois Grobbelaar

Dear friends, after a bustling 2018, we need to reflect on FASfacts’ 16-year history to fully grasp how far we’ve come in fulfilling our mission to reduce the prevalence of Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS)/ Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) in our most vulnerable communities.

Back in 2002, our inaugural program was self-funded. Sixteen years on we are still serving our vulnerable communities in the Western and Northern Cape provinces, and more recently the Eastern Cape, and through the grace of God and the generosity of our donors and supporters we have now commenced the process of expanding FASfacts on a national level in all nine provinces.

This brings about the opportunity for FASfacts to expand our FAS-prevention and intervention programmes nationally and we call on our supporters, donor network and communities to heed the call and take hands with FASfacts in 2019 and beyond.

Our past successes are firmly rooted in the faith we place in our Heavenly Father. We also need to acknowledge every donor that placed their trust in FASfacts during 2018 enabling us to continue our work. Lastly, a personal heartfelt thank you to my FASfacts family - our loyal personnel, volunteers and our Board of Directors for their dedication, service and support.

I wish you a blessed Christmas and a well-deserved break. We look forward to once again take hands in 2019 to strengthen our fight against Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS).

Francois Grobbelaar

  In this Edition
     
 Message from our CEO  

 Partnerships & Collaborations  

 Best Cared for Baby (BOB) Programme  

 Pregnant Women Mentoring Programme (PWMP)  

 2018 FAS Celebrations  

 Staff Development  

     

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Partnerships & Collaborations
2018 Milestones

We are privileged to have long-standing and solid partnerships that enable us to share our FAS-Awareness message far and wide and access opportunities for collaboration. Our 2018 milestones included:

  • Herchell Barron, FASfacts’ Training Officer attended the “SeVISSA Empowerment Framework Review” workshop, a Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund programme which tackles sexual violence against girls in schools;
  • FASfacts participated in the 2018 Children’s Parliament and Youth Summit hosted by The Nelson Mandela Childrens Fund in partnership with the Department of Tourism, Department of Social Development and Save the Children South Africa;
  • Families South Africa (FAMSA) invited FASfacts to present an information session of Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS) to learners from the Vusisizwe Secondary School in Zwelethemba, Worcester;
  • Partnership with the Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP) Internship Program in the Hex River Valley;
  • FASfacts’ staff and mentors attended a community dialogue about child protection in the Breede Valley hosted by the Department of Social Development: Western Cape;
  • FASfacts exhibited at the Annual Cape Winelands District Municipality Beneficiary Launch 2018/9;
  • FASfacts in collaboration with the Nelson Mandela Childrens Fund, the Women on Farms Project and Goedgedacht Trust held a Youth Day campaign with the theme “Taking Hands towards a Crime Free Society”.


 
 
 

BOB Programme (BOB)
Best Opgepaste Baba/Best Cared for Baby

 The BOB program is our flagship program and was launched in 2002 at the inauguration of FASfacts. Since inception we have successfully implemented this program at more than 60 schools in both the Northern Cape and the Western Cape and it specifically targets rural areas. Early intervention prevents the onset of delinquent behaviour and helps to support the social development of our youth.

The programme focuses on In-School (Grade 6 – 7) and Out-of-School Youth (age19+) and will launch in the Eastern Cape in 2019.

In 2018 232 learners of the Roodewal Primary and 99 learners of the Avian Park Primary schools in Worcester, completed the programme and received peer support training that will enable them to give support to each other on a reciprocal basis.

Peer support training places learners in a unique position to offer support by virtue of relevant experience: he or she has "been there, done that" and can relate to others who are now in a similar situation.

 
 
 

Pregnant Women Mentoring Programme (PWMP)
Intervention towards sobriety

This ground-breaking intervention programme was launched in 2012 and to date we have mentored 657 pregnant women from different communities towards sobriety. It provides 12-month support and intervention to assist pregnant women to abstain or reduce their alcohol intake during their pregnancy, and whilst breastfeeding. During 2018, we trained:

  • 40 mentors and 168 Pregnant women in Avian Park and Roodewal, Worcester;
  • 20 mentors and 60 Pregnant women in Mdantsane, Buffalo City Municipality, East London;
  • 14 Mentors and 61 community members in Paardeberg area, Cape Winelands District;
  • 14 Mentors and 88 community members in Lutzville West, West Coast District;
  • 15 Mentors and 64 community members in Langeberg, Cape Winelands District;
  • 15 Mentors and 104 community members in Herbertsdale area, Eden District.

 
 
 

2018 FAS Celebrations
09 September

Every year on September 9th, International FAS Awareness Day is observed. Proclamations are issued in countries around the world, bells are rung, and people all around the world gather for events to raise awareness about the dangers of drinking during pregnancy and the plight of individuals and families who struggle with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS) and Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD).

International FAS day was celebrated in the Eastern Cape and Western Cape respectively where FASfacts come together with community organisations, funders, volunteers and governmental departments to help raise awareness about the condition.

 
 
 

Staff Development

Our employees, community workers and volunteers are our greatest asset and we make sure we invest in their well-being and give them access to opportunities to improve their skills and knowledge, to strengthen our programs for the benefit of our beneficiaries.

  • FASfacts Social Worker Ms Tammy van den Heever took part in the Rotary Vocational Training Team Exchange Programme in Connecticut, USA over a period of 3 weeks gaining practical experience in the field of substance abuse;
  • Nontsindiso Nzimande, FASfacts’ Social Worker, attended a Social Work Supervision workshop and a one day training and information workshop on the Children’s Act;
  • Sudene Jeftha, FASfacts’ Social Worker, attended the Distell Group Non-Profit Sustainability Programme on Non-Profit Leadership, Income Generation for Non-Profits, and Creating & Measuring Sustainable Impact;
  • Community Workers Ms Debrodine Erasmus and Ms Devona Faviers completed a parenting course presented by Growing Families International South Africa;
  • Devona Faviers completed a course in a) Performing Basic Life Support and First Aid Procedures b) Preparation for Parenting and c) Windows 10 and MS Word 2016 Computer training;
  • Sandruline Lucas, Monesia Minnaar and El-Shé Jacobs were appointed as Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP) Interns at FASfacts;
  • FASfacts mentors, Maria Oudtshoorn, Celeste Velem and Franzail Williams were selected by the Douglas and Eleanor Murray Trust (DGMT) to operate a franchise of antenatal and postnatal classes in Roodewal and Avian Park, Worcester. Both Celeste Velem and Franzail Williams were awarded the Flourish Franchisee of the Year, runners-up title.