• Working hand in hand with the Department of Health and Social Development, National Lottery Board, AoN Benfield, Accentureand many other valuable partners. We focus on the following. HIV/AIDS programs, providing health education and palliative care to ensure that individuals and communities have the knowledge and resources to lead healthy lives.: Grant applications, Provision of food parcels and clothing including school uniforms. We have now added three new programmes to help in creating empowered communities. Youth Development and Mentoring, Capacity Building (Pioneering Change) and ICT - Community Digital Centre. Our mission is to empower poor communities to self-reliance through education, development, mentoring, capacity building, income generating and health programs
  • HOME BASED CARE
  • Home-based care is a holistic, collaborative effort by the hospital, the family of the patient, and the community to enhance the quality of life of people living with HIV/AIDS (PLWAs) and their families. It is comprehensive care across the continuum of care from the health facility through to community/home level. It encompasses clinical care, nursing care, counselling and psycho-spiritual care, and social support.

    Through Home Based Care we have been able to increase access to basic health services for people infected and affected by HIV/AIDS by bringing services closer to them or giving clear referrals to appropriate services.

     

  • Our Home based care entails the following activities;
    1. Counseling and training of PLWA on how to live positively and the benefits of positive living
    2. Provision of HBC kits
    3. Psychosocial support to PLWA and their carers in home settings
    4. Referral of PLWA to other relevant services such as health centers, income generating, legal redress and support groups
    5. Nutritional support by providing food and seeds to establish kitchen gardens
    6. Training of Community Health Workers on best practices of delivering  Home Based Care

    7. The advantages of Home Based Care include its accessibility, availability and affordability. For instance instead of PLWA or their carers traveling for care, the care is now delivered in their homes. This has in turn increased uptake of treatment hence more PLWA are living longer positive lives.

    Since its inception, this project has resulted into numerous positive benefits for the livelihood of people living with and affected by HIV/AIDS and the community at large.  These include;
    a). Improved health of PLWA due to increased uptake of care and treatment
    b). Longer and improved quality of life for PWLA hence reducing the likelihood of orphans
    c). Nutritional support and other basic health care services                                                                 
    d). Reduced instances of ill health and malnutrition among PWLA                 
    e). Increased economic productivity among PWLA    
    f). Increased awareness of HIV/AIDS; how it is spread, means of prevention, positive living
    g). Reduced instances of stigma and discrimination because people are more aware of HIV/AIDS 


  • BENEFICIARIES    
     

    Children

    Female

    Male

    Elderly

    Dsabled

    Total

    HIV/AIDS

    05

    40

    28

    0

    02

    74

    TB

    0

    52

    08

    0

    0

    60

    Diabetes

    0

    15

    04

    19

    02

    19

    Cancer

    0

    0

    0

    0

    0

    0

    Stroke

    0

    03

    01

    0

    04

    04

    High blood

    0

    62

    24

    0

    0

    86

    Arthritis

    0

    01

    0

    0

    0

    01

    Total

    05

    173

    65

    19

    08

    244

                 
     
    HEALTH OBJECTIVES
    To better the quality of people infected and affected by HIV/AIDS.
    Help improve lives of children & families affected by the impact of HIV/AIDS pandemic with social needs.
    To look after orphaned children and vulnerable children
    To provide supportive counselling for patients and their families.
    To facilitate HIV/AIDS campaigns.
    Encourage acquisition of information & skills among health care workers.
    To care for HIV/AIDS infected & affected orphans and venerable children.
    To facilitate tuberculosis direct observation treatment (DOTs)
     

    Male

    Female

    Elderly

    Disabled

    Total

    Orphans & Vulnerable Children

    157

    174

    0

    04

    331

    Foster Parents

    09

    136

    86

    02

    214

    Child Headed Families

    0

    01

    0

    0

    01

    Needy Children

    110

    110

    0

    0

    220

    PLWHA

    29

    40

    0

    02

    69

               
     

  • Orphans & Vulnerable Children (OVC)

    The caregivers of the orphans and vulnerable children in our community in most cases do not have the financial capacity most of them are often old grandmothers who do not understand have the means and or the know how to deal with required processes to access proper healthcare or social services for these children. These orphans and vulnerable children are therefore further disadvantaged by the inability of their caregivers to access the necessary holistic support which they require and are entitled to in terms of government policy. We therefore endevour to bring the services close to the homes of the caregivers and assist them by determining the needs of the child that are not being met and assisting with meeting these needs.
    This program is based at the centre, we offer welfare and emotional support for orphans.
    Child-headed households, where younger children are being cared for by older siblings.
    We provide a healthy and loving environment for the children who have lost their parents and have nobody to look after their well being and education.
    We care for OVC without guardians, with food, clothing and all that is necessary to bring up a child.
    Support orphans who are cared for by other relatives but need support.
    Support widowed mothers who have children to bring up on their own.
    Support access to education for orphans and help eradicate illiteracy
    Create partnerships with existing organizations.

  • The death of one or both parents contributes to; breakdown of the family structure, increased school drop outs, and inevitably poverty especially if the deceased parent was the main breadwinner.
  • We are committed to helping orphans, vulnerable children and their families especially those that have been affected by HIV/AIDS. Access to health care, education, nutrition and business opportunities often provides a turning point for many OVC's to long-term recovery and a better standard of life.
  • In the past year with the support of various partners we have been able to support over 500 children to access healthcare, education, nutrition, shelter, psychosocial support and business opportunities. For the older OVC’s we have also provided apprenticeships and training in mechanics and construction skills which they can use to get employed and earn an income.
  • We pay special attention to child headed households which are on the rise due to increased HIV/AIDS mortality. Last year we supported 2 such families to initiate a horticultural income generating projects planting local vegetables in a revolving scheme that ensures yield all-year round. This not only enhanced their nutrition but also provided much needed income from selling surplus vegetables.
  • Our target for the next 3 years is to continue providing OVC's with opportunities for a brighter future through a more holistic approach which for instance prioritises extending help to carers of the OVC's and access to justice for OVC's whose rights have been violated.
  • We want to reach every OVC to give them a better life. You can help us achieve this goal by making a donation or volunteering with your time and skills
  • Remember the future of an orphan or vulnerable child depends on it!
  • ORGANIC FOOD GARDEN AND MUSHROOM PROGRAMME
    In order to ensure food provision and security to the OVC, we have been advocating that community volunteers together with the communities that they support seek local solutions for their problems. The aim is that with the product from these gardens they could provide food for the OVC families, and also sell some of it to buy school materials, second hand clothes for the OVC. The time spent in the fields is also used for counselling and to enforce the community unity. Growing our organic garden to feed the support groups and After school care programme kids. The programme also teaches community to grow their own food. With guidance from programme coordinators, members learn and develop competant food garden and mushroom growing skills, promotion and sales strategies. The programme also inspires those interested in establishing community gardens

  • RECYCLING
    Double divident, helping the environment and generating income to support our programmes. Botles, cans and cardboard boxes. We collect and crush bottles. The crashed bottles are sold to Nampak. The money is used to help in the day to day running of the organization. Every member of the organisation contributes towards bottle collection including the beneficiaries
  • BEADWORK
    We make different creations from the beads. We decorate traditional clothes. This income generating program also provides our care givers with skill they can use. The beadwork is sold to the public to generate income for the organization. Bead creations include:
    Necklaces - . Bracelets - Cellphone pouches - Earings - Hairbands - Armbands - Shoes and clothing decoration with beads

  • Promoting positive youth development, focusing on improving the lives of community youths. This is an intentional pro-social initiative engaging youths of our community. Utilising developmental tools such as Appreciative Inquiry, Tree of life. We promote positive outcomes by providing opportunities, positive exposure - fostering positive relationships. Providing required and needed support to build leadership strengths. Our mission is to provide preparation, inspiration, nurturing and knowledge through group mentoring, life skills training, career coaching and family enrichment activities. We invite you to view our web site for details on how you can become involved with our awesome, life changing youth program. We tap into professional and community networks to offer informative, one- to two-hour long workshops at all our locations. For example, we coordinate monthly sessions with regulatory bodies for information sessions
  • Communities of Practice
    This is where a group of Pioneers organise around a particular theme or set of practices and beliefs.
  • Arts for Social Change Community
    This community of practice engages pioneers who are exploring ways of applying artistic processes towards social change. We include both artists who are seeking more meaningful ways of channeling their artistic talents, and community developers, professionals, activists, teachers,etc. who are interested in learning how to integrate art more in our social change work. The community uses online space, as well as hosting a series of learning journeys, and producing interactive learning tools.

    The Arts and Social Change strand will explore the role of arts and imagination in creating new connections between people and where they live in order to strengthen participation in community life. This will be done through a wide range of programmes that place artists at the centre of re-imagining the possibilities of what communities could be and how to create this together.
  • The primary aims for the programme are:

    To deliver high quality creative experiences through the arts that build and extend community engagement (and social capital)
    To support and build a self-sustaining network of locally based artists who can both contribute to the artistic aspirations of Vosloorus and play an active role in the arts community regionally and nationally

    The programme will establish the Gpfo as a place for creative engagement with a focus upon:
    The integrating of arts dimensions within GPFO aspirations and initiatives
    The commissioning of high quality innovative artistic interventions
    The building and strengthening of a locally based, artists led network.

    This will be delivered through an integrated framework of programming as below.

    Creative Gatherings
    This strand is the anchor for the Arts and Social Change programme. Beginning in mid-2013, and held every few months a series of 10 Creative Gatherings provide a collaborative public space for Vosloorus arts community.
  • Sustainable Citizenship Community
    The Sustainable Citizenship project aims to encourage, test and support people’s ideas that make our communities more sustainable places to live particularly those that tackle poverty, risky behaviour. Through convening a series of competitive processes, including workshops to help people develop their ideas, and pitching events to allow groups to showcase ideas and how to apply for small grants to develop their ideas.
  • Social Entrepreneurship Community
    This community of practice is exploring social entrepreneurship. It engages pioneers who are social entrepreneurs themselves or who are working to support the field of social entrepreneurship. We exchange ideas in order to make our ventures more impactful, to share challenges and opportunities, to understand our work better, to explore the meaning of social entrepreneurship, and to draw useful lessons from our experiments for the broader Pioneers of Change network.
  • Change makers Community
    Identifying and mobilising the key individuals who are driving positive change in local areas. Individuals that are adept at driving positive change in their local areas. They appear rooted in their communities, have an impressive repertoire of capabilities, and are instilled with an appetite to apply their skills and knowledge to address local issues.
  • Sustainability Community
    Sustainability is about been able to design society systems in a way that will help humanity meet current needs without diminishing the opportunities for future generations. It is the most exciting journey of our times. This community is about helping Pioneers learn, share and take action to make sustainability a reality.
  • Story Telling Journey Community
    A space for exploring the inner journey of story telling. Enhancing community connections through storytelling. We blend the fast and the slow with the old and the new to deepen learning and relationships in communities. Storytelling is the oldest form of education. People around the world have always told tales as a way of passing down their cultural beliefs, traditions, and history to future generations. Why? Stories are at the core of all that makes us human.
  • Stewards Space Community
    SHARE, INSPIRE, BUILD TOGETHER - A steward is - a cultivator - a pioneer who s passionate about finding new types of action rooted in a new way of thinking and takes the initiative to start a local network, community of practice, or to support the one existing in his/her context. Stewardship is open to everyone and anyone can do it. You become the gardener of the space created, you get to know and work with everyone involved in the activities, expanding your own network. You also nurture the community memory, pointing newcomers to documents, providing links to related conversations, past and present, hunting down resources to add to the collective pool of knowledge.
  • Cultivation Team Community
    This is a space for sharing of updates. It is also a place to build organizational memory for future teams.
  • Sport for Social Change Initiative
    Sport for Social Change Initiative is a pioneering program that uses the convening power of sports as a vehicle to minimize the effects of poverty on marginalized youth and young adult populations. Through sports, we are able to bring individuals from all backgrounds and social statuses together in a relaxed and natural environment that is ideal for exploring serious and sensitive issues. We believe that sports instill the critical "can do" outlook that is vital to a child’s successful educational development. And, we believe in the power of sport to creates lasting individual and social change. Sport is helping young women and girls to claim space, build self-esteem, develop leadership skills and strengthen social relationships.

    Sport and sport-based programs promote leadership, teamwork, critical thinking, networking and negotiation skills and enhance female empowerment. Sport-based programs can effectively deliver lifesaving information on health, HIV, body functioning, diseases, and hygiene to young people and those at risk. Sport & play activities are allowing children affected by conflict or natural disaster a chance to be children again by encouraging resiliency and providing psychosocial support.
  • Community information communication technology (ICT) centre is our local place where shared public access to ICTs relevant to community needs and requirements are provided, mainly in the form of computers, internet, scanning, digital material processing, and fax services. The aim of this centre is to improve access to information, inward and outward communication and processing of information within a community. Development of ICT centre in less developed communities is important due to often inadequate technological infrastructure and the high individual cost of the technology which limits its use in low income areas. By locating community ICT centres within existing community structure, we can provide communities with equal access to information by overcoming the barriers of distance, location and cost. This in turn increases community functions and services as well as encouraging dialogue between local communities and groups, local government, non-profit organizations and development agencies.
  • This ICT centre will allow and promote the creation, planning, coordinating and monitoring of locally-specific initiatives and have uses in ensuring community involvement. Community participation will assist in ensuring programmes are maintained and monitored for long term sustainability and effectiveness. Promoting social inclusion through digital inclusion ensures individuals and disadvantaged groups have the same access to, and required skills to use and operate ICT. This integration allows for the full participation in, and benefit sharing from the growth of knowledge and information within the community. The presence of this ICT centre also mean community members are not required to, or obliged to possess computers, thus eliminating cost factors and burdens on individuals.
  • As a community social hub, the ICT centre will not only offer a place to gather and share knowledge and experiences but also a place to expand knowledge and possibilities. Through the integration of a community ICT centre with existing cultural and social capital resources, we allow a means for communities to progress. We emphasize the use of the ICT centre as one element in the development of their communities and not simply as a resource for connectivity to ensure a positive impact is achieved.