Sunlight Safe House
It became clear soon after Childline was established, that in order to give children the best possible care, we had to find a solution to the glaring lack of after-hours service for abused and abandoned children. The Sunlight Safe House (SSH) project was started in 1997 under the auspices of Childline Gauteng to offer emergency night time shelter to extremely vulnerable children. To date the SSH has catered for thousands of traumatised children who would have had to stay in police stations until welfare agencies opened their doors during normal working hours. The Sunlight Safe House provides overnight shelter at a central facility for children removed by the police until a suitable placement is found by relevant statutory services.
The project provides long-term foster care in loving family homes for HIV+ children and young people who are difficult to place. We currently care for 140 children and offer support services and training for the families who care for the children.