I’m Johana Mbuyane an Outreach Officer at Child Aid Tubatse, working under Orphan and Vulnerable Children (OVC) program. I work around Ribacross village and I focus more on OVC, visit their homes and schools and secure that they are taken care of. In November 2019 I visited one of the OVC’s home and as we were conversing it was mentioned that she does not have a birth certificate. As we were discussing, I then picked other important things like social grant and other related issues which were not in order. The guardian did not take care of these issues. They were struggling to get food and sometimes they would go to bed on an empty stomach, solely dependent on 1 social grant, and with no plan of finding other means for extra income.
I referred the guardian the nearest Department of Social Development they went and were assisted for the child to get her birth certificate. SASSA registered them as beneficiary to receive a toiletry pack and other essential things every month. As I work with many and various OVC I will also continue to conduct field visit to identify the challenges that other OVC and guardians are facing.