A TIMELINE BREAKDOWN OF OUR HISTORY
Kids Haven was founded in 1992 by Moira Simpson as a response to increasing numbers of children on the streets of Benoni in Ekurhuleni and the violent deaths of 2 street children.
- Moira Simpson qualified as a Social Worker after raising her own children
- Moira began to feed children on the streets and build a relationship with them
- Moira used the Methodist church hall once a week to give school lessons
- On 13 October 1992 residential care was established in the Old Kleinfontein Hospital, a derelict building that had been standing vacant for three years.
- Twenty children moved into Old Kleinfontein and K.I.D.S. (kids in dire straights) Haven was formally started.
- Moira Simpson spearheads the formation of the Johannesburg Alliance for Street children in conjunction with other shelters in Sedibeng (Vaal) and Johannesburg.
- Two houses were purchased by donors for Kids Haven in Mackenzie Park, near the Old Kleinfontein Hospital. These were the first homes in the Kids Haven Village.
- The Old Kleinfontein Hospital building was condemned and Kids Haven was forced to move. A generous sponsor donated a building in the Benoni CBD and Kids Haven relocated to the new Multi Purpose Centre/ Shelter.
- A third house was donated for the Kids Haven Village.
- Kids Haven was registered as a Non Profit Organisation.
- Two new houses were donated to the Kids Haven Village bringing the total to 5.
- The buildings for the Kids Haven Pre-School and Kids Haven Administration and Therapy Centre were acquired, but needed renovations prior to opening.
- The Kids Haven Community Programme began with community leaders working with KH Staff to implement a preventative programme and the start of the Reunification programme tracing family members and reuniting the children to the family.
- The Bridging School was formalised into specific classes according to age and ability.
- Moira Simpson was named as a finalist in the Gauteng Premier’s Awards for Women and in the “Community Category” of the Shoprite Checkers woman of the Year Competition.
- The Kids Haven Pre-School opened with 26 children from the Community.
- The Admin and Therapy Centre opened.
- Kids Haven was granted section 18a status by SARS.
- A sixth house was bought for Kids Haven and opened at the end of the year.
- Kids Haven passes a Quality Inspection completed by the Department of Social Services with excellent results.
- Kids Haven coordinates the first regional census of street children and youth at risk for the Ekurhuleni region on behalf of the National Alliance for Street Children in September
- The MEC for Social Development, Mr. Bob Mabaso, states that Kids Haven is a “model of best practise” in September 2004
- Kids Haven monthly numbers reach over 200 as a result of the increasing numbers of children on the streets
- Kids Haven is commissioned by the Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund to write up the Kids Haven model of care for street children
- Moira Simpson is invited with 4 other South Africans to meet with Oprah Winfrey and the Board of Oprah’s Angel Network to discuss child headed households and the plight of children in South Africa
- Sam Mokgopha is promoted to Assistant Director at Kids Haven and elected as chairperson of the Gauteng Alliance for Street Children.
- During April and June, Moira Simpson and Sam Mokgopha participated in the Children’s Bill working Group, Street Children Sub-group of 12 persons elected to comment on and suggest changes to the Children’s Bill, which will affect all systems dealing with children under South African law.
- Kids Haven hosts the MEC for Social Development in January 2007
- Kids Haven is given a 96% rating by the DSD for our business plan and related activities on 31 January 2007 and again in November 2007
- Kids Haven qualifies for improved funding from the DSD as a direct result of the high ratings achieved in the audit.
- Kids Haven works in closer partnership with the Teddy Bear Clinic who seeks residential placements for severely sexually abused children.
- Moira Simpson is elected onto the Parent/teacher association at the Oprah Academy of Leadership
- Moira Simpson and Sam Mokgopha are invited to a panel discussion with the National Dept. of Social Development to discuss the role of shelters and the new Childcare act.
- In October 2008, Moira Simpson and Sam Mokgopha are tasked by the National Dept. of Social Development with supporting shelters in 4 inland provinces to upgrade their services in line with the requirements of the Children’s Act.
- There are 4 girls attending the Oprah Academy of Leadership
- KH has its first group of youth at University.