|Waterberg Welfare Society changing lives in Limpopo|
The Waterberg Welfare Society provides marginalised rural communities in the Limpopo Province access to HIV and AIDS education, testing and treatment. Individuals and families have been transformed by targeted HIV prevention programmes and ready access to HIV testing and appropriate treatment, including antiretroviral treatment.
The Society has focused especially on reaching boys and young men through their two leadership programmes, Boys2Men and Stepping Forward, which emphasize gender equality, human rights and HIV prevention.
Many local school matriculants have joined the staff and been trained in computer skills, counselling techniques, finance and book-keeping, data capture and home-based care. The Society also encourages all its staff members to further their education and skills through distance learning courses by covering 50% of the enrolment costs. This has meant that many of the staff who started off in unskilled positions have now hold skilled management positions in the project.
All the staff employed by the organisation live in the local community; many are themselves infected with HIV. This gives them greater understanding of the full medical, social and economic impact of the disease making them more effective counsellors and carers. It also leads to a real sense of ownership of the project by all its staff and stakeholders.
For more information contact Yvonne Eskell Klagsbrun on 083 628 3765 or 014 755 3646 / 3633 or go to the Waterberg Welfare Society website.