The Alexandra-based NPC and PBO, Rays of Hope, has set a brave and audacious goal for 2022 to raise R1 million in funding to develop its cohort of social workers who help people in the township move from vulnerable to independence.
“When you are sick, a doctor can assess the problem and give you a diagnosis and prescription, and when you are having emotional difficulties, you can talk to a good friend or even a psychologist,” explained Bertha Muchadeyi, a worker. Social and Vulnerable Program Manager at Rays of Hope.
“But who do you talk to when life is happening, and you don’t know where to turn for help or where to find the practical information you need to get your life back on track?
“This is where social workers come in – they are specially trained professionals who can think critically about challenges and design and implement solutions tailored to individual needs, so that they can overcome the challenges they face. face,” Muchadeyi said.
Muchadeyi said that in a South African context, social workers are in high demand as people in our country face the challenges of unemployment, gender-based violence, sexuality and teenage pregnancy. However, many who observe these problems do not know how a social worker can help them – or even how they can find one to help them.
Rays of Hope has expanded its cohort of social workers who provide vital support to the Alexandra community, but the community’s needs are far greater than its existing funding can support – even though many of its social workers donate their time without any financial support. reward.
“We also believe that social workers should earn more than the R5,000 that is common in settings like Alexandra, which makes our aim dual: to employ more social workers to support the community and to pay a salary that recognizes their competence. and importance,” she said.
She said bringing more social workers into the community will help build a better future for all who live there, whether by advising families to improve the physical and psychological well-being of all members of the household, connecting needy families to aid organizations, helping people deal with addictions or linking them to skills development programs and work opportunities.
“We are appealing to people – most of whom interact with an Alex resident every day of their lives – to help make this a reality. No contribution is too small, and every contribution will help make a positive difference for this community, for its future, and for the future of the city,” said John Shuttleworth, Acting CEO of Rays of Hope.
To pledge your support for Rays of Hope’s Back a Buddy campaign, visit https://www.backabuddy.co.za/social-workers-for-alex and donate now.
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