Goal: R5,000.00 | Still Needed: R5,000.00 | Total Supporters So Far: 0 | Amount of People in Need: 116
From as young as seven years of age, many children in Steenbok Village, Mpumalanga, witness the death of their parents due to HIV/AIDS, leaving them orphaned. This means that several of the children are having to drop out of school in order to run their households and look after their younger siblings.
Most of these families migrated to South Africa from Mozambique, one of the many countries that is greatly affected by the HIV epidemic. Far from home, these orphans are left with nothing. They are alone and vulnerable.
Amongst this community of people, Thalitha Manzini watched with a heavy heart how these children were robbed of their opportunity to experience a proper childhood. This observation developed a driving passion inside of her and in 2004, Hluvhukani Home Based Care was founded.
Hluvhukani provides a place for 116 children to go to after a long day at school where they are welcomed with beaming smiles and a warm meal. Here they are assisted with their homework, participate in various activities, have access to counselling and have their laundry done for them.
At Hluvhukani, their first and foremost focus is the well-being of the children. Along with her team of 23 caregivers, Thalitha works every day to provide a good parental figure for these children who have none at home.
The children at Hluvhukani having come from homes where there were HIV positive parents present are at a high risk of having Tuberculosis; a disease which is closely related to HIV and is a serious infection that affects the lungs. Children become vulnerable to the disease when they live in the same household as someone with Tuberculosis or when they are severely malnourished. Hluvhukani is therefore proud supporters of DOT (Directly Observed Treatment) which is a method of controlling Tuberculosis so that it does not spread.
Currently, Hluvhukani receives limited funding from the South African Department of Social Development which is not enough to cover the needs of the 116 children in their care. They desperately want to supply the children with warm clothes and blankets, especially in the winter months, but are currently unable to do so.
Photographer: Peter-Hugh Burrell from Hughsten Photography | Voice Artist: Sisipho Mbopa | Writer: Natalie Kitching