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Ilitha – A Flicker of Hope

In the surroundings of East London (Eastern Cape, South Africa) many unskilled migrant workers find themselves and their families stranded in informal settlements and trapped in poverty. They come from the Traskei and other rural isi-Xhosa speaking regions – in search of work. What they find is an occasional piece job, maybe some work on a farm – but their wages are meagre. And theri living conditions are dismal. The economic downturn of the country under president Zuma has turned into a severe crisis – which hits those at the bottom by far the hardest. HIV prevalence is generally high in Eastern Cape and regionally it is way above the average. Many of those living around Gonubi Farms Hall are heavy drinkers – adding another spin to the vicious circle of poverty.

Nkwezana Primary school is said to be the best school in the region – because the teachers are actually there each and every day. The 700-pupil school awaits new constructions as it is desperately overpopulated. A dedicated team of sixteen teachers and a extraordinary principal run the school as best as they can. Despite all their efforts, they turn out anaphabetics incapable of even the most basic calculations, reading or writing skills. Dysfunctional homes means parents without manners or education not caring for their children in every aspect oft he word. There is only so much, a school can do when confronted with this.

This is why the Aids & Child Foundation joins hands with the local authorities, farmers and other employers , schools, churches, the mobile clinic and students of Fort Hare Unviersity to imporve the lives of the children in this community. Although our mandate lies with the HIV/Aids affected, this is a context to deliberately cause a spillover effect into the broader community. Parenting trainings, the repeated closure of illegal drinking holes, the bringing in of alcohol abuse specialists, regular household visits, accessible psycho-social support, an extended sports programme for the children/youths, monthly health checks for the children, a nutritious breakfast at school, trainings in proper manners for the little ones, tuition and help with homework are just some of the things we have started to implement  2018.

Goals (until 2022)

  • Improved parenting and relationship between guardians and their children
  • Improved health and wellbeing of poverty stricken and HIV affected households
  • Improved school attendance and performance in Nkwezana Priamry School
  • Improved economic resilience of poverty stricken and HIV/Aids affected households

Your Donation Makes a Difference

Breakfast for a year for one child – CHF 40
It doesn’t take much to put a child at the Nkwezana Primary School at Gonubi Farmers Hill in a better position to actually learn something. For CHF 40 you buy a nutritious breakfast every morning when school start for one child- for a whole year.
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Manners for Minors – weekly fun course and training for one child – CHF 60
As a legacy of HIV/Aids  there are whole generations of parents without any parenting skills. Many of the children at Nkwezana Primary School do not even know their „thank you“ or „ it’s a pleasure“. Manners for Minors – a South African programm for 3-9 years old children – has a playful and fun approach to manners which children love. With CHF 60 you buy a whole year of weekly trainig sessions for one child.
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