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Driven by a passion of assisting the Aged and caring for the Orphans and Vulnerable Children (OVC’s), Siyasizana Community Development embarked on a mission to visit Illovo Township, South of Durban. We conducted a house to house survey, starting from Section B. This township was a previously reserved settlement and is being upgraded to a low cost housing development.

During our home visits, we try and identify families with older parents who have no one to offer them basic human needs, also those homes that are run by orphans. As caregivers we not only care for them, but when arriving in their homes we also attend to their ill children and grandchildren. We provide them with home nursing, feed them, clean their houses and cook for them if the need arises.

In many cases we as caregivers will refer some cases to the organization’s paralegal practitioners that will assist with, for instance, application for ID documents, birth certificates for their grandchildren, application for child support grants, pensions, etc. Mostly these households do not have anything to eat; we would provide them with food parcels.

Mrs. M Dangazela (widow) , aged 63yrs Supervisor

At Illovo we have developed a very good relationship with Mrs. M Dangazela who is a widow but a woman with a vision. This woman has five children of her own. One of her sons is mentally challenged, a daughter is physically challenged. Out of the remaining three sons, only one is working. Two are unemployed. Besides this burden, she started a Day Care Centre next to her house to care for the young children of the surrounding working community. The number of these kids has astronomically grown to be seventy. So far she has provided employment to five caregivers.

Corrugated Classroom, kids are exposed to extreme weather conditions

She uses two informal structures and her garage which serve as classrooms. The majority of these kids are HIV/AIDS carriers. Some suffer from Tuberculosis. Mrs. M Dangazela is semi-illiterate and likewise encounters countless setbacks to run her Centre effectively.

Wooden Classroom, kids are exposed to extreme weather conditions

Siyasizana Community Development is raising funds to help improve the existing informal structures used as Day Care Centre to insulated containers. We also discovered that there is food shortage in the Centre due to late payment or non-payment of fees by the low income parents. The five caregivers that work with her are very much demotivated by the inconsistency of their salaries. Mrs. M Dangazela who also acts as a supervisor, cooks for the kids in her own house; allow the kids to use her bathroom as the Centre structures have none.

Interesting facts about Orphans and Vulnerable Children

One of the most tragic results of the HIV/AIDS epidemic in South Africa is the rapidly growing number of children made vulnerable or orphaned by HIV/AIDS. In 2004, an estimated 2.2million children had lost either one or both their parents – Department of Health 2007:28. The number of orphans in the country more than doubled between 2003 and 2006 – Department of Health 2007:34.

According to the National Strategic Plan on HIV/AIDS 2007 – 2011 – Department of Health, 2007:29, “The worst affected children – those in deeply impoverished households  – experience various forms of physical, material and psychosocial deprivation and assaults on their health as a result of lack of parental care and nurturing environment. Often these children are separated from caregivers and siblings and sent to stay with other relatives or other cares or social networks”.

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An Interesting Article From Sangonet :

Sex workers’ hopes of practicing their trade under a decriminalised environment in South Africa are fading, despite calls from human rights activists to legalise prostitution. With 50 days to go before the 2010 FIFA World Cup, we live with the reality that sex workers will continue operating within a criminalised environment. Legalising sex work could enable prostitutes to pay tax, go through mandatory HIV testing, and work under conditions that will not expose them to gender-based violence, HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases. Failure to legalise sex work could compromise prostitutes’ ability to access health, legal and social services, force them to work under unsafe conditions, remain stigmatised and will not afford them an opportunity to negotiate safer sex.

In this week’s issue of the NGO Pulse, we bring you an article by Daniel Agbiboa, external consultant at Consultancy Africa Intelligence’s HIV and AIDS unit, who calls for legal frameworks to regulate the practice of sex workers rather than discriminate against them.

Agbiboa argues that: “Legalising sex work may make fans safer, but South Africa realises that its long-term identity will not be defined solely by 2010, and needs to carefully weigh the detriments compared to the benefits of such a drastic policy shift that may spell disaster for the country in the long run, if the country is not ready for it.”

In another article, Melanie Judge, a human rights activist at Inyathelo – The South African Institute for Advancement (writing in her personal capacity), criticises the country’s failure to address gender prejudice and priorities, which continue to shape dominant HIV and AIDS debates and responses. Judge argues that the country has not progressed in prioritising ‘female-controlled preventative measures’, despite the fact that gender is linked to women’s social, biological and economic vulnerability to the HIV risk.

She adds: “This failure to prioritise female-controlled preventions is a lost opportunity to transform gender power relations – which create the very conditions in which HIV and AIDS flourish.”

As always we invite your comments and suggestions.

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Despite having lost their belongings and struggling to make ends meet, it was a day of receiving recently for two Durban South residents.

Various household items and clothing were donated to Crisis Careline in Merebank in an initiative to assist the needy. These donations came from a Bluff family, the Singhs, who took it upon themselves to clean out all their unwanted clothes and belongings, which filled up their car boot, and donated it to the Crisis Careline Centre.

One Merebank pensioner who received part of the donations had lost all her belongings during the heavy rainfall when her flat was flooded. She lives alone with her two sons who she supports on a basic grant as her husband died two years ago. Desperate for help she said she approached Cllr Ebrahim Shaik for assistance.

The second beneficiary was Wentworth resident Beula Applegreen who was struggling to make ends meet who also approached Cllr Shaik for assistance.

The donations were handed to the two residents recently at the Crisis Careline.

Shaik appealed to members of the community for further donations of unwanted furniture to assist those in need.

For more information contact Shaik on (031) 468 1083

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Most of us must have heard by now through the media the devastation of the earthquake that left thousands of orphans in Haiti. The earthquake struck Haiti on 12 January 2010 and caused unprecedented devastation and suffering to the country and its people.

In response to this tragedy, the international community has already raised millions of dollars in support of emergency relief and reconstruction efforts. However, much more needs to be done over a sustained period of time to support Haitians and the rebuilding of their country.

Although Africa continues to be confronted with many long-term and complex development challenges, the crisis in Haiti also requires the people of Africa to contribute to the international response.

Under the banner of the “Africa for Haiti” campaign a number of prominent African civil society organisations are combining their efforts in mobilising support for Haiti. The aim is to raise US$20 million in the next six months in support of specific reconstruction initiatives which will be identified in partnership with Haitian civil society organisations.

The campaign has the support of prominent leaders such as Graça Machel and Archbishops Desmond Tutu and Njongonkulu Ndungane.

It is hoped that this campaign will provide Africans from all walks of life an opportunity to demonstrate their collective solidarity and support for the people of Haiti, thereby uniting Africans in compassion and giving.

To make a donation, visit your nearest Standard Bank branch and make a donation using the following bank account:

Name: African Monitor Haiti Campaign
Branch: Adderly Street
Account: 078431441-007
Branch code: 02009
Swift Code: SBZAZAJJ

You can also make an online donation by visiting the “Africa for Haiti” campaign website.

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Recently the Clairwood Social Forum (Durban) embarked on a Back-to-school project giving out stationery hampers to the underprivileged children schooling at the three primary schools in the area namely Durban South Girls, South Coast Madressa and Clairwood Boys.

The hamper consisted of all the basic necessities that each child would need. These hampers were kindly sponsored by Osman wholesalers and Unitrans. The Clairwood Social Forum is appealing to other businesses to join in assisting the underprivileged and needy of Clairwood.

For more information contact Mr. Nansook on 083 302 9768 or email clairwoodsocialforum@telkomsa.net

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Many elderly people are faced with loneliness. In response to this the Anna Conradie Service Centre, situated in South beach, Durban, has risen up to offer social clubs and service centres for the aged. The centre aims to provide a safe place for the elderly to meet new friends, enjoy a good meal at an affordable rate and participate in various activities.

The Anna Conradie Centre’s mission is to alleviate the distress and to promote well being of older people in Durban. The centre aims to use resources in the most efficient manner and to encourage the elderly to live as independent members of the community for as long as possible and to care for those who are no longer able to look after themselves.

Activities which are offered by the centre includes meals, games, crafts, health, library and special events and functions for the elderly. The centre is encouraging community members to get involved and to assist the initiatives either through contributions, donations or volunteering.

For more information contact the centre on +27313370163

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In my previous post I wrote about a cerebral palsy quadriplegic who is in need of a Nippi wheelchair. It went like this; “Brighton Beach SAPS’s Chanelle Strijdom is appealing to the community to help her raise R5 000 more to buy a new R30 000 motorised wheelchair.

The national SAPS disability fund has sponsored R25 000 but Chanelle, a cerebral palsy quadriplegic, is short of R5 000 to get a Nippi wheelchair with a head rest.”

The Nippi offers an unbeatable level of independence and mobility. A safe, economical road going vehicle most of us can drive without costly conversions. Available on Motability. The Nippi brings mobility mobility without assistance. The Nippi a three wheeled scooter, designed to allow wheelchair bound people to drive independently.

Your wheelchair is wheeled straight in to the Nippi via its ramp at the back…no transference, driven directly from your wheelchair! Visit friends, commute to work or go shopping when you want. Nippi cars have three wheel stability, and the welded chassis forms a safety cage around you. Nippi is safe, as well as fun to drive. It can be driven from your own wheelchair without need for costly conversion. For those who are more able a seat can be fitted.

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