Ikageng Centre Johannesburg
“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.”|
|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
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.
Holy Cross Hospice Gaborone, Botswana
|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
Mboya Close Road, Newstands, Gaborone
Postal Address: Private Bag 00287 Gaborone, Botswana
(267) 3902980 / (267) 3952115
Vic Compher: icannotbesilent.blogspot.com/
You can send money to this account:
Barclays Bank of Botswana / Mall Branch Gaborone
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.
Caritas Egypt, Cairo
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|
|Staff||over 35 workers|
|People reached||over 1000 people are reached each year|
ebtissam.mina at gmail.com