WORKING WITH THE CISKE'S
We call them Ciske's, little rats, because they remind us of Ciske the Rat. Not desired babies at home at the wrong time. Or in the wrong place, such as the garbage dump of a township. They reject the mothers of these street kids, they never knew their fathers. They live on the street themselves.
In projects with these street youths, the peer method in particular is very important, transferring to their peers what they have experienced themselves. For example, Karl (a "street rat" who accompanied eleven boys) learned the consequences of drug use on his own development. He listened carefully to what Wil Groot had to say about it and shared his knowledge with the boys in his group. The entire group participated in a workshop. Nine of the twelve Ciske's followed a course a year later. She no longer lived on the street.
ETAFENI DAY CARE CENTRE
The Etafeni Day Care Center supports all HIV-related problems in the township of Nyanga, Cape Town. In addition to testing, information and sewing for women, the center also provides live skill workshops (life skills for HIV-infected people in particular). On the basis of the stories of others and coaching by the group leader, the participants regain their self-confidence, so that they can actively participate in the community again and be helped to find a job. The conversion rate is very high. Wil Groot participated in a number of these workshops.
Yabonga means "thank you". In addition, it is the name of an organization that deals with HIV and AIDS, and everything related to it. Yabonga is active in almost all townships of Cape Town. In clinics they mainly provide support and counseling. Their clients are of all ages. Almost everyone who gives counseling is HIV positive. Yabonga trains these women and men so that they can give presentations and counseling at various Yabonga Support centers. The mission of Yabonga is to create a positive effect in the lives of children, families and the community.
At Yabonga I did research into their field of work. At the clinics in the townships I had conversations with the people who were active there. They reported on the problems they faced on a daily basis.