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Ikageng

Ikageng Centre Johannesburg

Jo-burg, South Africa. February 26th, 2010

“Ikageng aims to improve the quality of life for orphaned and other vulnerable children affected by HIV/AIDS on a sustainable basis, and to ensure that they achive and live a fair life like every other child [and] to help develop [them] into educated, employable adults who could be contributors to the society.”

We visit the center twice and support this cause with a donation.

Name Ikageng AIDS Ministry, Johannesburg, South Africa
Aim “Ikageng aims to improve the quality of life for orphaned and other vulnerable children affected by HIV/AIDS on a sustainable basis, and to ensure that they achive and live a fair life like every other child [and] to help develop [them] into educated, employable adults who could be contributors to the society.”
Since 2002
Staff Carol Dyantyi, Founding Director
Tshepo Moraka, Chief Operating Officer
Nkosazana Dlamini, Psychosocial Support
People reached Ikageng services over 2000 orphans and vulnerable children around Soweto
Contact 8299 Mahalefele/Sisulu Rd, Orlando West Peoples Centre, Soweto
http://www.ikageng.org.za/
info@ikageng.org.za

Donation 200 USD

Our two visits to Ikageng have been joyful and convinced us of the good work the Centre is doing. How do we know about Ikageng? Well, we just took a bus into Soweto and got off near Nelson Mandela’s house, that is currently a rather dull museum. We asked around at a restaurant and they told us to walk down the road to the Centre. And so we did.

We are very welcome at the Centre and they show us around. On the premises there are a few sea containers transformed into offices and a storage room for foodstuff. A group of American students comes here each year to do the landscaping and it really looks good.

Ikageng renders a variety of services to the very poor and destitute in Soweto, including vocational (computer) training, an emergency feeding program, medical assistance, and self-help groups. They have been quite successful and have a wide range of international supporters.

They have an open volunteer policy and do welcome spontaneous assistance by people en route, making them an ideal cause for charity travel.

Ikageng was originally published on Meandering home

Holy Cross Hospice

Holy Cross Hospice Gaborone, Botswana

Gabarone, Botswana. February 22th, 2010

The Holy Cross Hospice in Gaborone provides care and support to the terminally ill and patients with life limiting illnesses, orphans and vulnerable children (OVC), and their families and caregivers in Gaborone.

Name Holy Cross Hospice, Gaborone, Botswana
Aim Providing care and support to the terminally ill and patients with life limiting illnesses, orphans and vulnerable children (OVC), and their families and caregivers in Gaborone. 
Since established 1994, registered 1995
Staff 20 fulltime workers and 6 volunteers
People reached 600 OVC’s in 4 daycare kid’s clubs, 100 patients, 75 children in the preschool
Contact The Holy Cross Hospice
Plot 4303
Mboya Close Road, Newstands, Gaborone
Postal Address: Private Bag 00287 Gaborone, Botswana
(267) 3902980 / (267) 3952115
holycrosshospice@gmail.com
Vic Compher: icannotbesilent.blogspot.com/
Donation 300 USD
You can send money to this account:
Barclays Bank of Botswana / Mall Branch Gaborone
Account:  2742940

We know about the Holy Cross  Hospice through Mr. Vic Compher, a friend of our couchsurfing host Sheldon Weeks. Mr. Compher takes us to the hospice where we are welcomed by Angel, a 26 year old talented social worker and the managing director. We introduce ourselves and our project before we are shown around the premises.

The hospice is situated in several buildings that belong to the Anglican church “holy cross” congregation. There is a small chapel where services are held. There is also a board room and an old kitchen.

There are several semi-perminent shelters on the premises to accomodate the patients that are too sick for home-based care. They are sponsored by various sources. We see some smiling ladies sitting on a metal bed. Vic tells us that the situation was catastrophic before the introduction of antiviral drugs such as Retrovir, which can keep people alive for quite some time.

The Hospice offers special nutritional support to the patients, medication and psychosocial support, physical training (workout) and occupational therapy. It also offers life skills training and income generating activities.

Apart from the terminally ill patients, the Holy Cross Hospice takes care of 75 orphans in a preschool that also has a feeding program, and 600 more OVC’s in kids clubs in four different districts of Gaborone. They really do live their vision, which is closely affiliated to ours:

“We will be a leader in provision of family centered hospice and palliative care, striving to become more self sustainable, innovative and creative in the provision and expansion of services.”

Our donation will be used for purchasing palliative medication.

Holy Cross Hospice was originally published on Meandering home

Caritas Egypt

Caritas Egypt, Cairo

November 28th, 2009

Caritas Egypt does community outreach in empoverished areas of Cairo. They provide cheap healthcare and vocational training for marginalized and mentally challenged children.

We visit one of their centers in Cairo and make a modest contribution for the education of mentally challenged children.

Name Caritas Egypt, Mataraya center
Aim To help the poorest in Mataraya and its suburbs with medical aid, education and social programs
Since 1976
Staff over 35 workers
People reached over 1000 people are reached each year
Contact Ebtissam Kamel
ebtissam.mina at gmail.com

Donation 100 USD
Caritas Egypt operates a number of centers in greater Cairo. In Mataraya there is a compound center that serves the neighbourhood and its surroundings. The activities of this center are divided into five sections.
Basic clinical services like general medical checkup, oculism, ENT, dental care, among others are provided here.
They have a professional workshop where artificial limbs are produced along with other assisting equipment for the disabled like pairs of shoes with different heights to compensate for legs of unequal length.
The checkup is free for the poor and costs seven EP for others.
Woman development. This section offers a literacy program and second level education for girl that dropped out of highschool. They learn a craft, often against the will of the family who wants them to work and earn immediately. There is also a library free to use for everyone in the community.
A section for the mentally handicapped. There are cases of Down syndrome and autism. A training program is put in place that teaches the mentally disabled a craft. For 2-3 hours a day they visit the center, accompanied by their mother who learns about dealing with her child from the experts so she is able to apply it at home. Caritas has a specialized center that trains professional workers and mothers to pass on experience. They give special attention to child rights, and connect families so that they can assist each other.
Nearly 25 children live in the center’s orphanage.
The Motherhood and Childhood program is the first station where they check everything and often find out about a mental handicap or issues like malnutrition. The center offers lectures for the mothers, and even distributes milk and food.
Susan Mubarak, Egypt’s first lady, organized a contest and the center is proud to announce that three of the winners were trained here. The Christian girl who won the drawing competition had drawn Cairo’s most prominent mosque.
I think Caritas Egypt does very good work by running these centers, and they could use every support they can get.

Caritas Egypt was originally published on Meandering home