Towards Self Sustainable Communities
The Anglican Aids and Healthcare Trust (AAHT), through its Vana Vetu Programme, mobilises communities to provide care and support to children aged 0 – 18, who have been orphaned and made vulnerable by their circumstances. AAHT enables these communities to access services and develops vulnerable people to sustain themselves and to exercise their basic rights and leaves them in a state where they are socially responsible and independent.
The past year has been exciting and full of activity in five provinces of South Africa with programme serving 3833 children with educational support (aftercare, school uniforms, school exemptions); 2335 assisted in accessing basic human rights (birth registration, legal services); 797 served with HIV prevention education; 336 referrals to Hospitals for general health and 76 children being closely monitored on ART adherence.
Here are snippets of what has happened on the field!
Grahamstown: (Amatole District)
A 17 year old boy who lived on the streets & whose father abandoned him – through intervention by our Child Care Workers was placed with people who care for him and application for foster grant is in process.
Two families whose houses collapsed – received new homes and various donations with help of our Child Care Workers.
The Youth Church Guild of Holy Trinity Anglican Church Parish raised funds and donated 25 blankets to needy families.
St. Gregory Anglican Church Parish got donation of R10 000 from Buffalo City Municipality.
Church leadership is so motivated to get involved with search for funding as they want the programme’s services to reach more people.
Natal: (eThekwini District)
A girl with beautiful voice was encouraged and supported by our Child Care Workers got sponsored by Eagle Studios and is going to release her first CD.
Our first matric pupils in the life of the programme existence, through our intervention, got sponsorship and are now at tertiary schools.
Umzimvubu: (Alfred Nzo district)
In OR Tambo district, through partnership with Department of Social Development 50 children attended a 5 day camp which they enjoyed, sponsored by DSD.
Three children, a girl of 17 years and two boys of 15 years suffered due to a cancelled grant, Child Care Workers intervened and re-registered the grants in November 2011.
St. Mark’s: (Greater Sekhukhune District)
A family in real need of a child support grant, was assisted by Child Care Workers . Also in Capricorn district a foster care grant was awarded to a family looking after the children.
False Bay: (City of Cape Town Metro district)
The Diocese had a big joint Life Skills and Protection Programme for 420 children from the different parishes. The activities closed with a Christmas party where children were entertained by Daantjie Cat and and received gifts from “Father Christmas” (Santa Claus). The fire department had a demonstration for the children on how to protect themselves in the event of fire. Children also played games and had lots of fun.