||KwaZulu Natal, South Africa
Sethani is a community-based project that provides vital support
and gives hope to the escalating number of children who have been
orphaned or made vulnerable by the HIV/AIDS pandemic in the KwaZulu
Natal Province of South Africa.
Sethani responds to the emotional and physical needs of the
children by offering services such as; counselling, Kidz Club, help
with applications for social grants and supporting legal documents
as well as basic necessities such as school uniforms, food
parcels and toiletries. They also provide blankets, clothing, house
repairs. Visits to hospitals and sports sessions are also part of
Sethani has been providing services to the community since 1994. A
significant element of their work has been to offer a peer
education programme that is specifically designed to create an
AIDS-free generation and to raise awareness of the HIV/AIDS
pandemic. Without it, this area, almost 20 years on, would look a
The project is designed to encourage the next generation to be
more responsible when making decisions so that they are able to
have more promising futures. This is demonstrated through enabling
better access to education and training in important skills such as
computing and gardening to promote self sufficiency and
Sethani has worked to keep children safe within the family rather
than providing help in isolation. This is a sustainable approach
which attempts to break the cycle of poverty by improving
circumstances for each child.
- daily care to 72 children
- afternoon literacy classes to adults
- monthly food parcels to 70 families
- full school uniform to 600 children
- afternoon Kidz Club for 80 children.
The holistic support that Sethani provides sets it apart from
other projects as it promotes an enduring future for the children
it helps and offers them a way out of the cycle of poverty.
Read about similar work and projects in this province or see how
you can be a part of turning the tide on AIDS.