Strathyre, one of the Salvation Army’s child and youth care centres, is home to 50 girls aged between 3 and 18, who come to us through the Children's Court after suffering varying degrees of abuse, neglect, poverty and/or abandonment.
We try to create as normal a loving home environment as possible for the girls in our care. They all live under one roof in three self-contained wings that have bedrooms, bathrooms and a kitchen as well as a flat for their childcare worker — it’s important that the girls and their caregivers live and interact as a family.
Our girls go to various local schools and participate in sport and other extra-mural activities. We rely on volunteers to assist the staff with supervising homework, playing games and organising leisure activities, as well as holiday outings.
We do everything in our power to help our girls overcome the traumatic circumstances that led to their arrival with us, and every effort is made to get the girls back to their families or communities as soon as possible with the assistance of counselling and aftercare services.
We always need volunteers to help the girls with their homework, play games, or even take them out for the day during the school holidays.
We receive a subsidy of R133 000 per month from the government, but it costs us R249 300 per month to run Strathyre, which means there’s always a shortfall.
If you’d prefer not to donate money (the Salvation Army is, however, a Public Benefit Organisation in terms of Section 30 of the Income Tax Act and donations are tax deductible), we can always use toiletries and clothes for the girls.
Account name: The Salvation Army Red Shield
Bank: First National Bank
Branch Code: 25-19-05
As you can imagine, our water and electricity bills are rather high and any financial assistance with paying these utility bills would be most gratefully received.
The challenge of host parents remains. It’s difficult for our girls to reintegrate into the community when they leave the home as they often have no previous exposure outside of Strathyre.
If you are interested in hosting a girl for the holidays / for a weekend / take her out for the day, please contact our social worker at (011) 615 7327 for more information.
Did you know that you can have as many as three beneficiaries on your MySchool card? Helping us could be as easy as adding us to your beneficiary list. Go to the Update your profile page and simply type in STR and look for Salvation Army, The – Strathyre Girls to add us to your beneficiary list.
January’s a tough time for all of us financially, but at Strathyre it’s harder than for most as we have to make sure that all our girls have school uniforms and ensure that their stationery requirements are met. If you would like to donate any of the below, we would be most grateful. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you are able to assist.