A human face and story for a tragedy of epic proportions unravelling in sub-Saharan Africa where nearly 12 million of the world’s estimated 15 million AIDS orphans live. His situation must surely be every parent’s nightmare – a once beloved child now totally abandoned, with nowhere to sleep, no shared meals at a table, no one to turn to, no hugs, no praise, no laughter, no love.
"There is a new man in South Africa. A man who takes responsibility for his actions. A man who chooses a single partner over multiple chances with HIV. A man whose self worth is not determined by the number of women he can have. A man who makes no excuses for unprotected sex. Even after drinking. A man who supports his partner and protects his children. A man who respects…Read more...Read more...
The growth of FoodBank in the last few months has resulted in a network of four operational FoodBanks, serving some 900 beneficiary organisations, and providing more that 1.2 million meals a month. While statistics measure the impact FoodBank is making on reducing hunger, behind the figures there are stories of hope for each child, women or man who is helped.Chadd Bain, founder of Izulu Orphan Projects, died tragically on 7 December 2009 during preparations for their annual Christmas party. In the eight years since he started the project outside Empangeni, the organisation has expanded to the extent that 1500 orphans and vulnerable children and their caregivers had been invited to the event, a celebration of life, love and fun in a community beset by poverty and other problems.Read more...Zolani (not his real name) likes nothing better than to play with his friends and eat amasi. When he first started antiretroviral treatment though he felt far too sick to eat, but now things are much better. No-one has to remind him to take his medication: Lamivudine (9 ml at 6:30 am and 6:30 pm), Co-Trimoxazole (15 ml daily and 2 tablets, Monday to Friday) and vitamins (1 tablet daily).Read more...Read more...
Creating employment, empowering women and giving hope to a community is the aim of The Heartfelt Project in Makapanstad. The heartfelt story has a sad beginning: the death in prison of Emmanuel, wrongly accused 26 year-old son of Martha Letsoalo. For nine months Martha had paid more than 75% of her meagre salary to a lawyer to secure her son’s freedom.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.Imagine being told that you are not only pregnant but HIV-positive as well. For the hundreds of thousands of South African women who have received this news, there has been little support from overworked clinic staff, and frequently little or no support from their families or communities either. Who then could they turn to for help, or to answer all their questions?Read more...
Transformed from a waif-like skeleton on the verge of death to an average forty-year old woman in good health, Selinah’s tale is one of dramatic recovery and hope. No special effects required. The Topsy Foundation, with the assistance of Ogilvy Johannesburg and Egg Films, has created one of the most powerful advertisements you are likely to see this year.Read more...Accomplished marathon runner and mountaineer Evelina Tshabalala isn’t a person who gives up easily. She’s a fighter and a winner. “Even though I’m HIV-positive, I’m stronger than normal people,” she points out. “I do things that most normal people can’t do.” Like summiting the world’s highest mountains, including Mount Kilimanjaro, Mount Elbrus in Russia and Mount Aconcagua in Argentina.Sonwabo Qathula puts on his apron and starts peeling a pile of butternuts, while a pot of rice boils on the stove next to him. The 50-year-old is preparing lunch for poor and orphaned children who attend a rural school in the Eastern Cape. When the meal is ready, he dishes out the food and serves it to the boys and girls. Later, he collects the empty plates and…Read more...Catherine Makhubedu, along with seven other inspirational women in South Africa, won a Soul City award in 2003 for helping to make a significant difference to the lives and futures of AIDS-affected children in their country. An orphan herself, Catherine vowed to help make sure that no child suffered the same fate.Read more...Read more...
Dr Hardman and her husband Harry started the AIDS Care Training and Support (ACTS) Community Clinic in White River, Mpumalanga. Fifteen years ago, when Dr Hardman realised how big the HIV and AIDS epidemic could become, she started a home-based care programme in the Masoyi Tribal Area with Lucy Ngobeni, a respected community worker. It was modelled on the successful programmes she had visited in Zimbabwe and Uganda.Read more...Sister Dlamini started the Holy Cross Hospice in Emoyeni, KwaZulu-Natal in 2000, which today looks after 40 in-patients, 200 AIDS patients in their homes and over 1000 orphans in the community. Sister Dlamini is a woman with a vision that keeps on growing, in spite of the enormity of the problems and challenges she faces on a daily basis.Mrs Joan Adams started the Morning Star Children’s Centre in Welkom for HIV-positive children. The organisation now looks after over 300 children in Welkom and Kutlwanong, as well as providing extensive support for their families. Joan Adam’s story is inspirational and illustrates the transforming power of ‘giving and sharing’, both to the giver and the receiver.Read more...Kate Gray and a team of HIV-positive beading mothers were commissioned to design and make a beaded South African flag to sit in the head of a walking stick for Nelson Mandela’s 90th birthday present. The inlaid flag had to fit the Africa-shaped handle, which proved to be an exacting task. Fortunately several experienced beading mothers rose to this unusual challenge, spurred on by the fact that it was for Madiba,…Read more...Read more...
Sibu Sibaka, director of PLAY SOCCER South Africa, knows just how to bring children of both sexes fully on board using the world’s most popular game, football. "These kids will play soccer until there is no light on the streets and we figure let's provide a safe environment for them to do exactly that but teach them a thing or two in the process that will help them for life,"…Zoleka Bodla is a peer educator, brimming with enthusiasm and goodwill. Her wide and engaging smile and gentle manner encourage other young people to respond to her message and to ask her the questions they would be hesitant to ask older facilitators at HIV and AIDS workshops. “Younger people feel free to talk about anything which they wouldn’t with older people. They think they will be understood because we are…Read more...The Umzi Wethu Training Academy for Displaced Youth, started by Andrew Muir in the Eastern Cape, is a multifaceted intervention programme that targets orphaned and displaced youth, providing them with vocational training in the field of ecotourism, as well as comprehensive psychosocial support.Read more...Read more...
"The need to take care of children in distress in South Africa is a calling that came to me, like a burning fire - a fire that was raging but to no good purpose”, says Anna Mojapelo, co-founder of New Jerusalem Children’s Home in Midrand. Anna, moved by the increasing number of children in her community that had been forgotten, neglected and orphaned by HIV and AIDS, felt driven to…Read more...Jackson Mokoena from Save the Children has been inspiring children from local communities in the Free State to become involved in assisting other children through motivational speeches, music, art and training. This is the remarkable story of the results of this work.Faghmeda Miller, the first Muslim woman in South Africa to disclose her HIV status, helped to found Positive Muslims, a non-profit organisation initially dedicated to helping HIV-positive Muslims, but now supporting people of all faiths. She says, “It all started when I became infected with the AIDS virus in 1994 while happily married to my Malawian husband and living in Malawi. It was discovered only after his death that I…Read more...Read more...
This organisation was started by a group of feisty grandmothers from Khayelitsha in Cape Town. All of the founding grandmothers had been affected by the HIV epidemic in some way. Many had lost one or more of their children to AIDS and were caring for their orphaned grandchildren; others were nursing sick children or grandchildren who had AIDS.Phedišang is a Northern Sotho (Sepedi) word, which means 'help them to live' and the mission of Phedišang is to do just that for orphans and vulnerable children in the Maruleng Municipality of Limpopo Province. Phedišang recognizes the importance of keeping children in some form of a family unit, while ensuring access to adequate care and support.Read more...Read more...
In a scenario that will be increasingly repeated all over the country, as the number of orphans and vulnerable children escalates, the centre of Howick in KwaZulu-Natal became the operating ground of a pack of wayward street children. Tourists and residents were regularly harassed by these ragged and filthy children, who hung around outside the shops and at street corners, begging for money and food.Tapologo is a faith-based community-centred organisation especially concerned for the poorest and most vulnerable people in the Rustenburg area of the North West Province. While the organisation has successful outreach, home-based care, treatment, and orphan and vulnerable children programmes, it is the inpatient hospice unit that receives acknowledgement in this AIDSbuzz Champion tribute.Read more...When Pastor Mbulelo Dyasi came face to face with HIV he didn't run away or do anything stupid. Surrounded by support, he says that he faced HIV head-on, never suffering much and never identifying himself with his status. “I am Mbulelo Dyasi – I am not AIDS or HIV”, he likes to tell people. Now the popular former Eastern Cape AIDS Ambassador urges other HIV-positive people, especially men and youth,…Read more...Read more...
Mama Lumka was referred to as the ‘Wheelbarrow Saint’ when she started collecting, each weekday morning, all the disabled babies and children in her township area in a wheelbarrow. She would then carefully wheel them back to her humble house where she would look after them until their parents or caregivers returned from work.Read more...The Group of Hope started at Brandvlei Maximum Security Prison outside Worcester in 2002. Consisting of 20 male inmates the Group initially helped inmates with AIDS and ran prevention campaigns within the prison but then started reaching out to help orphans, the disabled and the elderly through their adoption, food gardening, sewing and craft and projects. The Group of Hope now operates from Worcester Medium.Read more...
Many volunteers come from overseas to help non-profit organisations in South Africa. Be More, an international charity, places overseas volunteers in a number of different projects that are dedicated to helping relieve the plight of children affected and infected by HIV and AIDS. Volunteers bring hope, energy, skills and friendship into the lives of the children and adults they help. In return, their lives are enriched beyond their…Mothers for All, an organisation which started in Botswana and recently expanded to South Africa, believes every child should have a mother. The organisation trains and supports the caregivers of AIDS orphans and vulnerable children, as this has been found to be the most sustainable way to help these children. It is also a way of helping to ensure that no child grows up without a mother figure.Read more...
Welcome to the site where we celebrate ordinary people doing extraordinary thingsThese people are truly AIDSbuzz Champions - they have made AIDS their business by dedicating their time and talents to helping the people and communities worst hit by the disease. We chose the word champion carefully. It means a conqueror, a hero, a victor and a winner. It also describes a person who fights for a cause or another person.
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DIRECTORY OF ORGANISATIONSThis is a detailed directory of around 1 500 non-profit organisations (NPOs) offering care, support and treatment for communities, families and individuals affected by the HIV epidemic.
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TRAININGFeaturing organisations specialising in different types of training courses in all aspects of HIV and AIDS management.
Quick Links:Ancillary health care; Capacity building; Childcare; Clinical management of HIV and AIDS; Counselling; Diploma and postgraduate courses; E-Learning and distance learning; General courses in HIV and AIDS; HIV and AIDS in the workplace; HIV and the law; Home-based care; Monitoring and Evaluation; Peer education; Social auxiliary work; Treatment literacy
FUNDINGProviding advice on how to access and maintain funding, including writing funding proposals and donor reports. Information on corporate and other types of donors and government funding is also provided.
Quick Links:Donors; Fundraising; Funding proposals; Writing reports; Government funding; Useful funding websites
BUILDING STRONG ORGANISATIONSProviding information on how to run an effective NPO (registration, tax, reporting, publicity) and large umbrella AIDS organisations that are helping to improve the capacity of NPOs working in this field.
Quick Links:Getting started; Umbrella organisations
HOW TO HELPProviding information on ways people can help either as private individuals or through an employee-supported volunteering programme.
Quick Links:Rights and HIV; What is needed; How to use volunteers; Volunteer organisations; Employee volunteering
SOCIAL GRANTSProviding information on the government grants that are available and answers to frequently asked questions.
Quick Links:Child support; Care dependency; Foster care; Disability; FAQs
TREATMENTProviding comprehensive information on voluntary counselling and testing (VCT), antiretroviral treatment (ART), ART rollout, the prevention of mother-to-child transmission (PMTCT), post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP), nutritional support for HIV, and traditional medicines.
Quick Links:VCT; ART; ART rollout; Mother-to-child transmission; Post-exposure prophylaxis; Nutritional support; Traditional medicine
MOBILE DIRECTORY SMS 33280SMS the word AIDS followed by the name of a suburb or town and the type of activity to 33280. The activity categories include: Advocacy, ART, Capacity, Counselling, Lifeskills, Food, Grants, HBC, Hospice, Income, +Mums, Research, Resources, Training and VCT (click here for category details). The names and telephone numbers of several appropriate organisations will be sent back. This request is not case or sequence sensitive; AIDS Soweto OVC, aids soweto ovc and aids ovc soweto all work. The toll-free national AIDS helpline number, 0800-012-322, will be sent if no information is available. Each SMS costs R1.50.
AIDSbuzz works to increase the capacity of non-profit organisations (NPOs) by providing information on how to access resources and achieve goals, as well as encourage greater networking between such organisations, government departments and concerned individuals and businesses wishing to help.The website was developed as a collaborative project between Investec and the MetropolitanFoundation and has been operational since 2005. It is now managed by Mothers for All, an NPO that supports the caregivers of children made vulnerable by AIDS, with the help of Synapse Studios.Detailed profiles of over 1,500 NPOs are featured in our National Directory. Please check whether your organisation is listed and up to date. If it is not listed, and you would like your organisation to be featured in this Directory, please fill in your details here. AIDSbuzz receives around 20,000 unique visits every month and so represents an important networking and exposure platform for organisations working in this field in South Africa.
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