Projects at Cotlands
Cotlands residential care programmes are located in Turffontein, Gauteng and Somerset West, Western Cape. At these facilities, we provide a place of safety for children who have been abandoned, orphaned and or abused. Our services include health, education and social care.
Cotlands’ Home Based Care (HBC) project began as a research project initiated by Cotlands on behalf of the National Department of Health in 1999. The Department commissioned Cotlands to develop palliative care guidelines for children living with HIV/AIDS. Our HBC projects are located in Soweto – Gauteng, Hlabisa – KwaZulu-Natal and Macassar – Western Cape.
We assist our clients in learning how to solve their problems as well as how to achieve improved mental wellbeing. This area of our work includes individual/family counselling and bereavement counselling.
School-going children complete their homework every afternoon with the help of a teacher and or volunteers. Homework support includes intervention activities to address identified delays, as well as reading, maths and writing.
Nutrition is a very important component of any health programme for children. Babies need all the necessary food nutrients to fight or recover from illnesses. We provide a balanced diet for children in residential care and ensure that those cared for in their homes have access to nutritious meals, either by supplying food parcels or through engaging family members in food gardens.
ECD centres are excellent vehicles to ensure vulnerable children are being educated, whether they live in a rural or urban setting, or in a residential care facility or at home. Quality, developmentally-appropriate preschool education has proved to be instrumental in empowering and equipping young children to learn and develop successfully. It also makes entering the formal schooling system less stressful and daunting.