The Orphaned and Vulnerable Children’s Programme comprises of two specialised children’s teams who provide psychosocial support to orphaned and vulnerable children who are affected by HIV /AIDS, as well as to HIV positive child patients on the Rural Home Care Programme.

South African children are becoming more vulnerable as a result of the devastating effect of HIV/AIDS. One way of meeting the needs of these children is by them participating in a Memory Box Programme.

The term ‘Memory Box’ refers to a method that encourages orphaned or soon to be orphaned children to preserve the memories of their parents, in a way that will allow them to develop despite adversity, i.e. become resilient. ‘Memory Box’ also refers to an object: a wooden, metal or cardboard box or container that stores special items related to the children’s own and family histories as well as to a parent who has passed away. For this process to unfold in a meaningful way their feelings need to be acknowledged by supportive adults e.g. the children’s team caregivers. 

The broader objective of the specialised mobile children’s team of the Orphaned and Vulnerable Children’s Programme, is to enhance resilience in children infected with and affected by HIV/AIDS, improving their ability to cope with adversities which they face on a daily basis. Further, these children will be able to provide emotional support to their siblings, peers and possibly other younger children living under similar circumstances.

 

Beneficiaries of the Orphaned and Vulnerable Children’s Programme are:

HIV/AIDS infected and affected girls and boys

Almost 100% of our beneficiaries have been black children, but we will work with any especially vulnerable child who is in need of psychosocial support.

Socioeconomic status:The majority of these children and their families are typically living in indigent circumstances with very little access to basic services and infrastructure, face challenges of stigma, severe poverty and feelings of hopelessness daily.

Geographical region:Rural and peri-urban areas of Ugu District, KwaZulu-Natal, including the Hibiscus, Umdoni, Vulamehlo, Umzumbe, uMuziwabantu, and Ezinqoleni Municipalities.

                     

 
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