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Isolomzi

Region Queenstown, Eastern Cape

 

This centre provides services to orphaned and vulnerable children through home based care and health promotion. Ultimately their aim is to raise awareness of HIV/AIDS and reduce and manage the impact on children, helping to counteract the stigma of HIV within this isolated and very rural community.  

Practical care at the heart of the community
A crèche, soup kitchen, and a food garden at a central location provide the physical focus of the project. From here a team of care workers make home visits -  one of the core functions of the centre.

Humble beginnings making a positive impact
This project is hugely valued by the community it sits within. It started by knocking on doors and encouraging families and individuals to come forward and talk about the problems that they faced as a result of HIV/AIDS. Today, the home visits are an essential service to manage the impact of AIDS upon the community.

Every day, the soup kitchen provides the children registered with the team one hot meal , as well as after school care,  in a place where the children  can do their  homework with the support of care workers and play in a safe environment. The day time crèche provides invaluable support to children and mothers. Children who are the sole carers of their younger siblings know their sister or brother will be in a safe place so they can go to  school themselves.

Working through community empowerment
This organisation is an example of a community managing the impact that AIDS has upon it. Isolomzi is a living and working example of a difference being made at the grassroots, giving life, hope and opportunity to the abandoned generation.

A sustainable future
300 or more children in this isolated, rural community are helped through the work of Isolomzi and the support provided by Starfish. The organisation is dedicated to growth and development but is still dependent upon external funding to keep doing its valuable work.

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