Starfish's partner, Valoyi Trust in Limpopo, has started a Girls Club for young women to open up about sensitive issues.
The club is run by female care workers and is a safe space to discuss everyday challenges that girls are facing including body changes, the female anatomy, sexual partners and teenage pregnancy and its consequences.
Girls Club encourages girls to open up about their feelings and opinions about sensitive issues without the added pressure of boys being around.
The girls has shown interest to the club and participation is better than when they are with males during other health sessions, they speak freely and are encouraged to improve their self-esteem in order to stand up for themselves and make their own informed decisions.
The Makhuma family is situated at Msiphani village at Nwamitwa. there are seven family members, Tina (the oldest sister), Sara, Rachel (13 years old), Tumi (8 years old), Andi (Tina’s 8years old son), Destiny ( Sara’s 7 month old boy) and Tina’s youngest son. They live in a two room house that is used as a bedroom, kitchen and bathroom.
They rely on the social grants and the money that Tina earns from her temporal job at Tzaneen town. Rachel, Tumi and Andi are under OVC programme; Sara is no longer at the programme as she is over 18 years. These three children receive daily meals at the centre and participate in other activities such as SRH (sexual and reproductive health), sports and recreation, scout, arts and we assist them with homework and they also attend Saturday’s activities at the centre.
Their mother who was taking care of them passed away this month. We visited the family after she was buried and found that the children were not attending school classes, we were concerned that the children will be left behind with their educational work. Tina is staying in town where she is working during weekdays to reduce the transport cost and she comes back home on weekends so there is no one to look after these children.
The care workers registered the 7 month old baby at the crèche so that the other children can go to school. He is now being taken care of at the centre during the day while the mother is at school. The transport is provided from the centre to bring the baby to crèche.
The children will be referred to the social workers for counselling and other services.