Butterfly House, our community resource centre, was built in Fairyland in 2008 (through the generous donation by Ivar Koteng and Paarl Round Table). Fairyland is a previous informal settlement, 10km outside of Paarl. The founding vision of Butterfly House was to address and expand the holistic care practices provided by Drakenstein Palliative Hospice (DPH).
Over 300 children registered from 2-18 are enrolled and participate in the Butterfly House programmes.
A Safe Space
We provide daily meals from our kitchen, access to school stationery, personal hygiene needs and transport. We provide showers and hygiene facilities, homework spaces, facilitation and recreation spaces all in a safe environment.
Our interdisciplinary health and wellness team (TAC: Team Around the Child) provide psychosocial and physical care and support for patients, vulnerable community children and their families, living with life threatening illness or life limiting conditions with an expectation of living.
Skills & Support
These are programs that create a supportive, safe learning environment where youth and children are exposed to and can experiment with skills to optimally manage academic demands, health care concerns, social relationships and the future world of work.
THE COMMUNITY WE WORK IN
Butterfly House is situated in the Drakenstein Sub-District of the Western Cape Province.
- 13.5% children will complete school
- 22.2% unemployment
- 38.4% of people are on social grants
OUR BARRIERS TO CARE
= extreme levels of poverty resulting in family disintegration and hopelessness
Creating a hopeful future
Our pillars of change have been identified to overcome our community barriers. These pillars are used to guide our practice, develop our programs and evaluate our progress and outcomes.
Our programs wings are based on the Danish Youth School concept focusing on Academic Support, Professional Skills and Social Skills. In response to the vulnerability of our community we have developed a Therapeutic Support program which is our unique speciality brought by the partnership with DPH.
BUTTERFLY HOUSE STORIES
Marius AJ Barends
When Butterfly House was being built in 2008, Marius was always on the building site. He was an 8 year old boy, eager to help, but very shy. He was actively part of the programmes and has witnessed the changes and growth, received a cooked meal every day, in exchange for looking after the garden during school holidays we helped with his school uniform, he did his homework at Butterfly House and used the computer centre for projects.
In 2017 Marius was the head boy of his school. This year he is in college and assisting with the programmes in the afternoons and evenings. He is running his own group on a Wednesday and attends Butterfly House daily to assist the facilitators, receive a meal from the kitchen and pocket money.
Now Marius is employed as a facilitator and studying to become a Social Auxiliary worker. Marius is a Butterfly House star!
AT BUTTERLY HOUSE:
109 Breda Street (Head Office)
Cnr of Sunmaid and Rainbows End,
PO Box 6130, Paarl 7620
Tel: (021) 872 4060
Emergency: 082 200 4221