Choices Crisis Pregnancy Centre 

Ukuthasa funded the building of the Choices Centre which provides a offices, counselling rooms and a skills training facility. The centre provides services to women in crisis or at risk as a result of pregnancy (often combined with an HIV diagnosis). The Counselling centre remains open throughout the year and continues to see all of the women who request a termination of pregnancy at Helderberg Hospital. This is a local community role that we value very highly. Following the closure of the Residential Unit, the is being used as accommodation for volunteers, students and tenants from local NGOs, colleges and other community organisations. The first two residents have taken occupancy in 2017.  It is hoped that the Unit will now provide a regular income stream for Choices. In 2016, Choices counselled 981 women, placed 7 babies in kanga care and assisted with 6 adoptions. Currently they have a team of 33 staff, of which 33 are volunteers, running the schools life-skills training programme, skills development training courses, providing free supportive counselling and services in the areas of HIV, pre- and post- abortion and parenting and adoption facilitation. 40 Gift packs had been donated to moms choosing to parent their babies. The following services are available free of charge:

Funding Focus

©  Ukuthasa 2017 | Charity Registration Number: 1055539  

Crisis Pregnancy Counselling:

Free expert counselling is available to couples and women who experience an unplanned

pregnancy or an HIV positive diagnosis during pregnancy and, as a result, are exploring

their options with regard to:  

  Termination of pregnancy (TOP)   adoption or parenting     Counselling and coaching is provided with the aim of enabling:   those clients who are seen to reach an informed decision.   local clinics, doctors and hospitals to refer patients for counselling. Post abortion counselling is provided to those women who come to us because they have experienced a termination of pregnancy in the past. Amasekeni Shop The Amasekeni (Which means secondhand in Xhosa) is a shop with quality secondhand baby clothing for sale to the public. Baby clothing and equipment is collected and distributed, either in the form of gift packs filled with new goods for parenting mums or through our inexpensive second hand shop. The shop continues to thrive and contributes on average £100 towards income for Choices.     

Skills Development

The Skills Development Programme aims to assist clients to access the employment market. Tuition in basic computer skills, typing and operating a cashier's till are available. To date 16 women have completed the courses.      

Kanga Care

When babies being released for adoption are born and consent documentation has been signed, the mother is allowed a 60 day waiting period during which she can change her mind and decide to keep the baby. During this time babies may be placed with kanga moms who provide much need love and care until the babies are placed with their ‘forever families’. 

BabySaver Project

Choices have partnered with Helderberg BabySaver to provide a contained unit that is built into the Choices building and is large enough to take a newborn infant. Once a baby has been placed in the safe, the unit contacts three responders who will attend to the infant. The baby is examined and taken to the nearest hospital and entered into foster care or the adoption system.       

Schools Programme

This programme facilitates an interactive, abstinence-based healthy sexuality education programme in local primary and high schools. The programme aims to empower young people to take responsibility for their behaviour, recognising the physical, emotional and moral risks of casual sexual behaviour. The aim is to develop self-esteem, respect and awareness as well as a basic knowledge of HIV and the impact of the virus in South Africa and beyond, particularly amongst young people. This year the Choices team have visited 2 primary schools, a secondary school and a College.                  

Making a difference

An excerpt from a letter written by a resident ... "One never knows why God allows certain things to happen, but one thing I know is that He allowed Choices to be there to allow young ladies like me to take time out and think more clearly than they would have if they were in their normal circumstances."

Choices Crisis Pregnancy

Centre 

Ukuthasa funded the building of the Choices Centre  which provides a offices, counselling rooms and a skills training facility. The centre provides services to women in crisis or at risk as a result of pregnancy (often combined with an HIV diagnosis). The Counselling centre remains open throughout the year and continues to see all of the women who request a termination of pregnancy at Helderberg Hospital. This is a local community role that we value very highly. Following the closure of the Residential Unit, the is being used as accommodation for volunteers, students and tenants from local NGOs, colleges and other community organisations. The first two residents have taken occupancy in 2017.  It is hoped that the Unit will now provide a regular income stream for Choices. In 2016, Choices counselled 981 women, placed 7 babies in kanga care and assisted with 6 adoptions. Currently they have a team of 33 staff, of which 33 are volunteers, running the schools life-skills training programme, skills development training courses, providing free supportive counselling and services in the areas of HIV, pre- and post- abortion and parenting and adoption facilitation. 40 Gift packs had been donated to moms choosing to parent their babies. The following services are available free of charge:

Funding Focus

©  Ukuthasa 2007 | Charity Registration Number: 1055539  

Crisis Pregnancy

Counselling:

Free expert counselling is available

to couples and women who

experience an unplanned

pregnancy or an HIV positive

diagnosis during pregnancy and,

as a result, are exploring their

options with regard to:  

  Termination of pregnancy (TOP)   adoption or parenting     Counselling and coaching is provided with the aim of enabling:   those clients who are seen to reach an informed decision.  local clinics, doctors and hospitals to refer patients for counselling. Post abortion counselling is provided to those women who come to us because they have experienced a termination of pregnancy in the past. Amasekeni Shop The Amasekeni (Which means secondhand in Xhosa) is a shop with quality secondhand baby clothing for sale to the public. Baby clothing and equipment is collected and distributed, either in the form of gift packs filled with new goods for parenting mums or through our inexpensive second hand shop. The shop continues to thrive and contributes on average £100 towards income for Choices.     

Skills Development

The Skills Development Programme aims to assist clients to access the employment market. Tuition in basic computer skills, typing and operating a cashier's till are available. To date 16 women have completed the courses.      

Kanga Care

When babies being released for adoption are born and consent documentation has been signed, the mother is allowed a 60 day waiting period during which she can change her mind and decide to keep the baby. During this time babies may be placed with kanga moms who provide much need love and care until the babies are placed with their ‘forever families’. 

BabySaver Project

Choices have partnered with Helderberg BabySaver to provide a contained unit that is built into the Choices building and is large enough to take a newborn infant. Once a baby has been placed in the safe, the unit contacts three responders who will attend to the infant. The baby is examined and taken to the nearest hospital and entered into foster care or the adoption system.       

Schools Programme

This programme facilitates an interactive, abstinence-based healthy sexuality education programme in local primary and high schools. The programme aims to empower young people to take responsibility for their behaviour, recognising the physical, emotional and moral risks of casual sexual behaviour. The aim is to develop self- esteem, respect and awareness as well as a basic knowledge of HIV and the impact of the virus in South Africa and beyond, particularly amongst young people. This year the Choices team have visited 2 primary schools, a secondary school and a College.                  

Making a difference

An excerpt from a letter written by a resident ... "One never knows why God allows certain things to happen, but one thing I know is that He allowed Choices to be there to allow young ladies like me to take time out and think more clearly than they would have if they were in their normal circumstances."
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