We have been teaching personal safety to preschool children and their parents for the past 25 years.
This year, we have struck a contracting problem with usual funder - ACC. This has meant that payment is in doubt for the delivery of 18 programmes in the first half of this year, and we have no funding to proceed with the 8 preschool centres booked for the first
half of term 3.
We think the programme is cheap at the price – it costs about $2000 to offer this 6 session programme with materials, which averages out at less than $100 per child, for information and skills which can protect them from abuse for years.
Just a few weeks ago, one of our presenters was stopped in the supermarket by a grateful mother of a primary school aged child who had done the programme some years ago.
The girl had recently been lured away from her group by an adult male who had tried to get her to engage in sexual behaviour with him.
The girl got away immediately, and told her mother when she got home that she did that because she knew that she was the boss of her body, a key message from the programme.
We don’t know how many children avoid sexual and other abuse because of the programme, but even if it was only one in every preschool, then that is a saving worth making,
If you are able to assist us in any way we would be very grateful – we are seeking $16,000 for the beginning of Term 3 - 2018, but even $2,000 would cover the cost of one programme and protect 20 children.