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Keiskamma Trust

Region Eastern Cape

The Keiskamma Trust was established in 2000, in the community of Peddie, Eastern Cape. With their vision aimed at building a healthy community in all respects, the trust continues to  provide  hope and support to the most vulnerable due to HIV/AIDS.

In general, due to the high unemployment rate of 90% and the increasing number of people affected and made vulnerable by HIV/AIDS in this community, most people are unable to support themselves and they rely on grants and assistance from others for  survival.

Programme description

The intervention and support by  Keiskamma Trust  goes a long way in bringing hope to the community, through their various health and Orphaned Vulnerable children (OVC) programmes.

Programme Activities

Health programme activities includes:

  • Providing training of the caregivers and health support groups, to look  after  patients affected by HIV/AIDS.
  • Treating  opportunistic infections to stabilise the health of patients as well as teaching about HIV and antiretroviral therapy and ensuring patients receive ARV’s.
  • Providing residential and home care to patients as they are unable to afford travel  costs to health care centres.
  • The centre also provides a safe environment where OVC and caregivers can receive support, care and meals daily.
  • Gardening and nutrition training.

 

OVC programme activities include:

  • HIV/AIDS education, prevention, counseling and provision of ARVs etc.
  • The facilitation of educational programmes that include Early Child Development (crèche) and aftercare as well as the provision of school uniforms & stationery packs.
  • Distribution of food parcels to grandmothers who carry the burden of caring for orphans/grand children.
  • Distribution of school uniforms and clothes to the neediest children.
  • Children’s empowerment programme, which aims to ensure that children’s emotional well-being is taken care of.
  • Empowerment training and further education opportunities for Care Givers at the institution.
  • Ensuring access for children to essential services and rights. The programme focuses on issues of acquiring birth certificates and ID’s, lobbying for school fee exemption, electricity and water, access to basic health care and advocacy in general for their rights.
  • Starfish support

 

Starfish support

Starfish has supported  Keiskamma since  2008, and currently  assists with funding for their OVC programme, including salaries, general upkeep of the OVC centre, the organisation’s audit, and further operating expenses.   Starfish also contributes towards uniforms, play equipment, home visit supplies as well contributions towards food security.

Wish list

  • Stationery
  • School uniforms
  • Food parcels
  • Care workers stipends
  • Transport
  • Administrative support

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