“Very often I get the question of whether I am paid for my work. Receive a fee or that the foundation will charge my expenses. The answer: ' NO, NO, NO '. It's volunteer work and that's how to stay. At least 95% of the money that donors entrust to us, goes to the project”
“No bow so the costs remain. In the projects themselves, we also ensure that the money is spent in such a way that it helps the target group. There are, for example, bank charges, but that's pretty much. We pay for trips to and stay in South Africa in private.”
In Rural (remote) areas, the care of AIDS orphans by family is preferable. Certainly relative to shelter in large homes in the cities. From children's homes in the largest city, children are often transferred to other parts of the country. In Cape Town, the big will regularly come across children from the Transkei who eventually live in the city on the streets.
If care by ' family ' is no longer possible, a small home offers a solution in which children keep in touch with their own culture.
Good nutrition is particularly important in children in growth and is also indispensable for people who use medications. For us there is no project conceivable without vegetable garden.
To make a project financially independent, we have to apply other forms of self-sufficiency, such as a shop.
A project also provides income for the Xhosa population, for example through the construction activities, work as a teacher or caretaker, or through activities such as sewing or beadwork.
Since 2008 we are active in the Transkei, in the area around Coffeebay. After closing "Ons Plek" in Bloemfontein in 2011, we even focus entirely on this area. In order to make sustainable changes, only the accommodating of AIDS orphans is not enough.
The ideal project combines four priorities (see below). Our aim is to create a place where the community take part and which will lead to structural improvements in the environment. Such a project with the character of a ' village centre ' is called a ' Rural Sustainability Centre '. There is now a first pilot with such a ' Rural Sustainability Centre '.
It is clear that HIV-infected people need medical care.Distances to the hospital are often too large. There is also a lack of knowledge about AIDS. For example, what to do during pregnancy and HIV? Support and information must go hand in hand..
Mobile clinics bring healthcare closer to the population. Perhaps a new clinic can help. We encourage research in this direction.
Through education, we can offer children opportunities for their future. To get involved in primary school, toddlers lack the most basic characteristics. For this, the setting up of pre-schools is important. Children grant the right to education! This is a fact.
The reality is different. Eighty percent of group 4 pupils in rural areas cannot read and write their own language.
These children are around 10 years old. We are committed to helping as many children as possible through after-school activities.
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