About Bobbi Bear

Operation Bobbi Bear is a human rights organisation committed to helping sexually abused children in Amanzimtoti, Kwa Zulu Natal, South Africa.

 

A “Bobbi Bear” is a non-threatening means (toy) for child victims of sexual abuse to communicate the nature of the abuse, crossing all language barriers and preventing secondary abuse at the point of rescue.

 

It provides a better understanding of actual events and enables the initiation of appropriate HIV and AIDS interventions.

 

Our success rate is testament to our organisation’s training programmes. We rescue and provide safe homes for abused children, work with the criminal justice system to prosecute perpetrators, educate individuals and communities, and much, much more.

Today the team and children at Bobbi Bear had to say a very fast, sad and heart-breaking goodbye to an amazing woman. Annica Westman lost her mom this morning and had to fly home to Sweden to be with her family. Annica you are in our thoughts and prayers and we wish you all the best during this sad and difficult time. You are our hero, and became a friend to each and every member of staff. You touched the lives of so many children you worked with and you made more of a difference than you will ever know. This is your home and you know you can come back anytime - you have your set of keys. We do not have enough words to express the gratitude that we have for what you have done. Thank you for changing our lives and leaving your footprints on our soil. Annica this is for you... With Much love... Jackie Eureka & the Team ... See MoreSee Less

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There is currently so much negative talk, messages and voice messages being spread in our community regarding an incident that took place over the weekend. The criminal Justice System depends and will only work with facts and medico-legal evidence to bring perpetrators to justice. It is so sad that so many people “Assume” who the child involved was without these facts. Rape on any child is the most horrific crime; please help Bobbi Bear and our justice system to do our work. The spreading of rumours can and will simply make it extremely difficult for us to render the help to the family that they so desperately need through this traumatic time.
Our whole community is outraged by this latest rape on a child and we at Bobbi Bear understand this, before this case two other children were raped within 24 hrs prior to this, It is very important for the public to know that we fiercely protect the confidentiality of every child we work with, and like you we want every perpetrator be brought to justice. Please know that anyone who phones us to enquire about the identity, age and gender of this child will be told “we haven’t got a clue”, this is to protect the child’s criminal case. Please could we request that everyone proceed with love and respect for all our children who are raped. We call on our community to simply ask themselves one question “If this was my child would I want the whole world to know?” If the children who are so viciously raped and abused, names do get out, they become targets amongst their community and peers. There are some very unbalanced people out there who believe that these children have asked for this violation, and they will even say so. Please think of the damage that this causes to a raped child, imagine what is going through the child and the family’s minds. Bobbi Bear deals with this daily and the trauma that the entire family has to endure is absolutely so heart-breaking that even us a team never gets use to. On behalf of the children we serve God Bless each and every one of you and keep you and your loved ones safe over this festive season. The Bobbi Bear Team
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Bobbi Bear Programmes

Bobbi Bear Rescue Centre South Africa. HIVAIDS Protection and Prevention

Bobbi Bear Rescue Centre

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Schools Outreach

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Support Group

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Child Safety Officers

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Illovo Tree Clinic

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Honour Programme

We need your help

Operation Bobbi Bear makes a true difference to the lives of thousands of children, families and communities.

We need your help to fight child abuse and expand our reach into more communities on a larger scale.

Please help by donating or finding out about one of our training programmes or volunteer opportunities.

Key Facts

10,000

Number of children reached since 2008

4,500

Children reached per month

2,000

Survivors of abuse attending HIV clinics

400

Court appearances in support of abused children

30 – 40

Callouts per month

1,200

Children fed every month under the Illovo Tree Programme

£10

(R175)

monthly donation

Buys an Emergency
Rescue Bag

emergency Rescue Rape Bag, Operation Bobbi Bear, South Africa, Claire Pons

£15

(R255)

monthly donation

Buys a
Bobbi Bear

Bobbi bear

£20

(R350)

monthly donation

Buys Essential School Equipment 

Education Equipment Donations, Operation Bobbi Bear, South Africa, Claire Pons

£50

(R878)

monthly donation

Helps to pay a
Child Safety Officer

Staff Child Safety Officer, Donations, Operation Bobbi Bear, South Africa, Claire Pons

Testimonials

Latest News

  • Jackie Branfield collected the 2017 Protection Award for advocacy from World of Children in New York earlier this year. “A saying in Africa is: You are only somebody, because somebody makes you somebody. Our Operation Bobbi Bear slogan is: Every little body is a somebody.” Congratulations to our 2017......

  • Below is an outline of what you can expect as a Psychology student coming to Bobbi Bear   Each year, we receive international volunteers who come to offer their skills and support our work. Without these volunteers, Bobbi Bear would not be able to operate......

  • In Service of Others. I was born in South Africa and soon came face to face with the loss of a loved one after my father died in 1976 in a car accident. My mother joined him in 1987 after losing the battle against cancer.......