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FAQ

1. When and why was the Twilight Children’s Shelter opened?

  • Twilight children started as a soup kitchen in 1983. It provided the impoverished community of Hillbrow with food on a daily basis. A sponsor was found and it was converted into a shelter
  • The aim of the Twilight Children’s Shelter is to reduce the number of boys who live on the streets

2. Are you a registered organisation?

Yes, registered as a Non Profit Organization 003-917 NPO with the Department of Social Development
Twilight Children Donations qualify for tax receipts in terms of Section 18(A) of the Income Tax Act. PBO. No. 930007628.

3. What does Twilight Children do for the boys?

  • Care and support
  • Capacitate boys with skills
  • Provide education at various levels
  • Groom and prepare them for independent living (Mentorship)
  • Re-unification with their families where possible. (Family preservation)

4. What are ages of the boys?

Twilight caters for boys who are between ages 8 – 18 years

5. What programmes do you have in your organization?

  • Shelter Programme
  • Aftercare
  • Mentorship
  • Exit Programme
  • Sporting/extramural activities
  • The Women’s Drop in Centre
  • Skills Training (Pottery, Beads and Sewing)
  • Information Technology Centre and gymnasium (Basic computer training)
  • HIV/AIDS Programme. We concentrate on preventative programmes and referrals

6. What happens to the boys who are above the age of 18 and are still at the Shelter?

  • The main aim is to reintegrate into mainstream society our children and young adults, by giving them skills; in so doing affirming their confidence, so they can become valuable citizens.
  • The children who live at the shelter and the outreach homeless (youth, children and adults of all genders); come to learn literacy, skills such as pottery and other forms of art such as recycled art, sewing and beadwork.
  • We have an Exit Programme for the boys who are above the age of 18 years who are not gainfully employed but are engaged in formal education or training. We assisting them with sourcing funding such sponsorship and bursaries.
  • The local community is also invited to avail themselves with the opportunity to develop skills.

7. Where do you get your funds?

  • Grants
  • Donations
  • Fundraising
  • Sponsorship
  • Orders for products of the skills training centre-Pottery, beads and sewing products.

9. What kind of assistance can I offer?

  • Training
  • Donation
  • Volunteer
  • Mentorship
  • Sponsorship
  • Administrative (professional services or repairs and maintenance)

(Please refer to our needs list as well)

10. How else can I be involved with Twilight Children?

You may apply to be a member of Twilight Children upon acceptance and payment of a membership fee you will be kept abreast of activities, programmes and may also be included in the various administrative processes.

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