Country of Operation
- Etafeni TrustNot-for-profit
SummaryThe project aims to address the numerous problems facing AIDS-affected and vulnerable children in Nyanga township outside Cape Town, where almost 28% of the population is HIV positive, by providing holistic and sustainable community-based care in a community-built and community-staffed centre.
Key program components
The Trust was formed in December 2001 in Cape Town. The first phase involved training local community members (men and women) as builders to help build a pre-school (construction began in 2002). The preschool opened in 2003, with local educarers. An office block and Mothers and Infants Centre were later added; a kitchen and dining complex was completed in 2007/08; and the Fit for Life, Fit for Work building was completed in 2009.
The Centre runs numerous programmes, including a preschool, an after-school programme, a Mothers and Infants Centre (which provides support for mothers with babies from 0 to 3, including nutrition and counselling), an income-generation programme for HIV positive mothers and caregivers where they are trained in sewing, beadwork, smocking and patchwork; an OVC programme (providing counseling, access to social grants, nutrition support, and educational support), a food garden, VCT and TB-screening programme, a Mothers to Mothers programme, a social worker, and the Fit for Life, Fit for Work programme, where unemployed school-leavers undergo an intensive 12 month training process, and are then placed in employment.
The process includes job-skills training (computer skills, conversational English, driving lessons), health services (including dental services to replace missing teeth) and other skills (yoga, movement, music and drama) etc. Etafeni provides services to 300 children each month, through food, educare, homework support, counseling, music therapy, sport and lifeskills.
All children at the preschool are given breakfast and lunch each day, and the women in the income-generation project also receive a meal each day. All HIV+ adults and children are given a nutritional supplement (epap) to take home.
25 AIDS counselors and 2 Counsellor coordinators have been placed in health facilities throughout Nyanga.
Two social workers and eighteen community care workers provide services to Orphans and Vulnerable Children (OVCs), while a professional nurse and two lay counselors provide Voluntary Counseling and Treatment (VCT). The Fit for Life, Fit for Work programme has trained 240 school-leavers, 80% of which are now employed.
The project has provided job-skills training and work opportunities to large numbers of people: 6 through the income-generation project for HIV+ women, about 25 through the building training, and 192 through the Fit for Life, Fit for Work programme.
Also, by providing a space where AIDS-affected children and their caregivers can go for support, assistance with social grants, counseling, and nutrition lowers their daily burden and allows them to focus on other aspects of their lives instead.