Sod-turning ceremony: Some of the officials of the Phoenix Child and Family Welfare Society, businessmen and socialites stand on the new ground where Phase 2 of the children’s home will be built.
As stated in their vision statement, the Phoenix Child Welfare strives to be the leading professional child welfare organisation championing holistic, quality, and integrated social development services to communities of Phoenix and surrounding areas.
Their mission is to ensure inclusive, equitable and holistic social services that operate within the framework of the Constitution, to support and heal marginalised and vulnerable children, families and the aged, and ensure early intervention, preventative and continuing care services in accordance with national norms and standards.
The welfare has experienced a number of milestones in the organisation’s growth and development since first opening their doors.
These milestones are:
Verulam Child and Family Welfare Society provided services to the residents of Phoenix prior to the agency coming into being on March 8, 1981.
Affiliated to National Council for Child and Family Welfare since February 12, 1982.
Accepted as a member of the Ubuntu Community Chest in 1992.
Ithuba’s initial funding from the Community Services Department of the Durban Metro led to the establishment of the Guiding Lantern Centre.
The society has been the proud innovators of the following concepts: Phoenix Fair, the first of which was held in Phoenix in 1984, Child Protection Week, first held in 1988, before it became a national event, Edufair, the first being in 1995, endorsed by the Minister of Education, Ina Cronje at Edufair 2004 and race against violence project held in 1997.
Sponsorship from Amalgamated Beverage Industries led to the establishment of the Thuthuka Empowerment Centre in Inanda in 1998.
Land for the Welfare Centre in Whetstone was acquired in 1998.The foundation for the building was laid in 2000.
They moved into their current offices in 2004.
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In 2007, the Phoenix Children’s Foundation was launched.
Inanda Newtown Child Welfare was made independent in February 2007. Thuthuka Empowerment Centre incorporated.
In 2007 and 2008, services commenced in Mount Moriah and Mount Royal respectively.
A satellite office was set up in Mount Moriah. Funding obtained from the Department of Social Development for the purchase of office.
2013-2015: The Phoenix Community Centre [PCC] donated R200, 000 as official sponsor of Phoenix Fair.
May 2013: Afrisun KZN Community Development Trust – sponsorship of R1.3 million towards the extension of Sahara.
August 9, 2014 – Opening of extension of Sahara shelter byVivian Reddy. Sahara registered to accommodate 22 clients.
October 2015- Afrisun KZN Community Development Trust contributed towards the repairs and renovations to Sahara phase 1 roof and windows.
March 4, 2016 – Official launch of the Mustard Tree Homework Centre at Clayhaven Primary School.
August 20, 2016 – Launch of Rotary Home, in partnership with Alan and Sharm Moodley of Phoenix Rotary Club.
August 1, 2016 – Official launch of the Sunshine Corner Homework Centre at Lenham Primary School.
October 3, 2016 – Official launch of the Beanstalk Corner Homework Centre at Highstone Primary School.
2017- The Sahara Shelter received a National award presented by Deputy Minister of Social Development, Ms Hendrietta Bagopane Zulu, for excellent service to the community.
2018- Children’s Home purchased and official launch of project.
2019 – Official opening of phase 1 of Children’s Home.
2019 -Launch of charity shop.