About us

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.

What can you do to help?

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
Account Number: 5054-0087-604
Reference: STRATHYRE

Help us with our water and electricity bills

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.

Host parents

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.

Add us as a MySchool beneficiary

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.

Wish list

General needs

Foods

  • Meat
  • Bread
  • Cereal, milk and sugar (only for weekends — as a treat)
  • We would love to send each girl to school with a piece of fruit
  • Yoghurt — small 6-packs
  • Items for lunch boxes — small juice, chips, biscuits
  • Eggs — 5 doz per month

Pocket money

  • R20 – R50 per girl per month

School

  • Stationery (see detailed list below)
  • Shoes and socks
  • Uniforms

Toiletries

  • Aqueous cream tub
  • Dawn Cream 400ml — different kinds
  • Face soap
  • Soft & Free black hair products e.g. shampoo, moisturizer
  • Glyco Lemon shampoo and conditioner
  • Shield deodorant/antiperspirant
  • Shield roll-on
  • Stayfree with wings
  • Sunlight laundry soap
  • Tissues
  • Toilet paper
  • Toilet soap (large bars — 200g)
  • Towels - paper
  • Toothbrushes
  • Toothpaste
  • Vaseline
  • Glycerine bottles- + 200ml
  • Wet wipes

General

  • Cutlery and crockery x 60 of each (hard plastic — 20 blue / 20 red / 20 yellow)
  • Plastic chairs = 60 (20 blue / 20 red / 20 yellow)
  • Duvets, duvet covers, fitted sheets x 60
  • High volume copier/printer
  • New pillows and pillow cases x 60
  • Waterproof sheets
  • Puzzles (approx 100 pce)
  • Kellogg's Corn Flakes (750g)
  • Books - Story
  • Air freshener

Maintenance & repairs

  • 4 passage doors need to be replaced — weather damaged cannot close
  • Beach/river sand for the sandpit in the play area
  • Children’s play equipment needs to be repaired/replaced
  • We’re in dire need of an industrial washing machine — replacement parts are no longer available for ours
  • Painting, tiling, replacement of carpets, general handyman work
  • Replacement or refurbishment of baths
  • Roof needs repair and repainting
  • Sewerage system need to be sorted over full property
  • Windows need to be replaced

Transport

  • A trailer (1.5 or 2 ton) with built-up sides and open top
  • Our people-carrier was stolen. We use it to transport the girls to school, but insurance will only pay out R60 000, so we need to replace it urgently

School stationery

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 administrator@strathyre.org.za if you are able to assist.

  • Books - Acct: Cashbook Treble
  • Books - Acct: Journal
  • Books - Acct: Journal Credit 8 Col
  • Books - Acct: Ledger Double
  • Books - Activity / Colouring
  • Books - Examination Pads
  • Books - Hard A4 172 page
  • Books - Hard A4 192 page
  • Books - Hard A4 288 page
  • Books - Hard A4 96 page
  • Books - Hard A5 192 page Feint Rule
  • Books - Hard A5 96 page
  • Books - Hard A5 Index Books
  • Books - Hard A6 Index Books
  • Books - Homework Diary
  • Books - Quad A4 (Blocks)
  • Books - Soft A4 32 page
  • Books - Soft A4 72 Irish page
  • Books - Soft A4 72 page
  • Calculator
  • Calculator - Scientific
  • CDs (RW) (*for CAT only)
  • Cellotape (12 x 33mm)
  • Crayons - Pencil (12 set)
  • Crayons - Wax (12 set)
  • Dictionary - English (Oxford) (* Small)
  • Dictionary - English / Afrikaans
  • Erasers
  • File – Arch lever Narrow
  • File – Arch lever Wide
  • File - Flip Display - 10 Page
  • File - Flip Display - 20 Page
  • File - Flip Display - 30 Page
  • File - Flip Display - 50 Page
  • File - Plastic sleeves
  • File - Portfolio
  • File separators - Set 10 Clear Tabs
  • File separators - Set 1-31 Tabs
  • Glitter
  • Glue - Ponal - Medium
  • Glue - Pritt - Large
  • Highlighter - Blue
  • Highlighter - Green
  • Highlighter - Orange
  • Highlighter - Pink
  • Labels - Plain Blue (24s)
  • Math set
  • Oil pastels (24-set)
  • Paper - Brown
  • Paper - Copier A4 (ream) (*)
  • Paper - Gummed Colour (pack)
  • Pen - Koki (Set)
  • Pen - Correction / Tippex
  • Pen - Black
  • Pen - Blue
  • Pen - Green
  • Pen - Red
  • Pencil (2B)
  • Pencil (4B)
  • Pencil (HB)
  • Pencil Bag - Large
  • Pencil Box - Large
  • Plastic book bags
  • Plastic rolls
  • Ruler - Long
  • School bags
  • Scissors
  • Sharpeners
  • Staplers
  • Staples
  • Watercolour sets