Programme overview

Overview

Children are often most severely affected by the consequences of the high rate of HIV infection. Many are orphaned and living with guardians and/or other family members.  Woza Moya does not believe in removing children from their community of origin  unless absolutely necessary, and works to help the children to stay in the community by supporting them and their primary caregivers  in a number of different ways:  psycho-social support which includes a programme called Thandanani Time which has been especially designed for orphans and their older caregivers (usually grannies); a School Support Programme is run in collaboration with 7 primary schools in the area; after school support groups for the most vulnerable children are run in the community.

Woza Moya facilitates Community Childcare Coalition Forums both locally and at a district level to address challenges facing orphaned and vulnerable children; a cross section of stakeholders working with children, provide local, appropriate, effective and sustainable support and solutions.

Programme updates

February began with our young staff launching an exciting new 2016 Afterschool Program for the 150 children aged 5-18 years who attend. Karine helped prepare and update the library and resource centre for ‘World Read Aloud Day’ on 24 February www.nalibali.org
Sumitomo donated 3 refurbished laptops, which has opened up some great new possibilities for the youth in our community who have no access to computers. Computer training has been booked with Brilliantweb in the upcoming school holidays.

The Children and Gogo's (grannies, guardians, foster parents) Christmas Party was a jubilant celebration! Preparations began months ago, with the afterschool and creche kids rehearsing their performances.  In Durban Woza Moya Elves were hard at work organizing presents for everyone. Huge thanks to Jovita da Silva and Samantha Hornsby and their respective colleagues at EIS and EIKOS companies, and also to Cheryl and the Anglican Women's League.

The gogo's of Mahlathini stole the show kicking up dust in song and dance, jiving with a very enthusiastic Father Christmas aka Peter Macfarlane, volunteer from England.

Once again we celebrated Christmas with the Children and Gogos of Ofafa and all of the Woza Moya team!  We were entertained by singing, dancing, drama and karate displays from the children. Clowns without Borders also provided much amusement. Father Christmas' arrival was much anticipated, followed by a wholesome meal provided by the Woza Moya staff.

Our Christmas elves from Durban:  Volunteers Taryn, Sam, Sandy and Jovita once again coordinated Christmas gift boxes for each Child, Gogo and Care Worker who were given their own special Christmas gift.

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Our ANNUAL CHRISTMAS PARTY was held Wednesday 05 December 2012 when we celebrated Christmas with the Children and Gogos of Ofafa and all of the Woza Moya team!

We were able to provide Christmas Presents for all of our Children and their Care Givers (Gogos) and the Woza Moya Workers! A big thank you to some very BIG - hearted Volunteers:Taryn, Sam & Sandy in Durban; and Rita & Rumbi in Johannesburg; for coordinating this wonderful initiative - each Child, Gogo and Care Worker were given their own special Christmas gift this year.

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A small village with the name of Llanfairfechan, nestled in the mountains of North Wales, has taken Woza Moya to its' heart.  For a few years now a group of Welsh ladies have enjoyed knitting over cups of tea together for the orphaned and vulnerable children of Ofafa.  These amazing women continue to knit at their homes, whenever they have a spare moment, producing the most beautiful and intricate children's knitwear. 

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The Gogos of Mahlathini stole the show this year at the Woza Moya annual Christmas Party! They arrived jubilant, singing and kicking up dust, frenzied dancing, vibrant despite their bent old bodies.

Our 40 young children of 3 - 5 years, from the Woza Moya Play School, also enjoyed jiving along to the hip music provided by local DJ's a.k.a. Mtho and S'Celo.

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The Aids Foundation of South Africa (AFSA), Woza Moya and the Children’s Rights Centre co-hosted a COMMUNITY DIALOGUE on CHILDRENS RIGHTS at Woza Moya. Teachers, Principals, Students from all across the Ofafa Valley attended the day, as did Ms Mpofana, the Education Inspector. Also present were representatives from Correctional Services, SASSA, Department of Social Development, the Education Department, Parents, and the Woza Moya Community Care Workers and Staff.

A Community Dialogue is a way for members of the community to come together to discuss important issues pertaining to themselves.

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Clowns without Borders South Africa (CWBSA) spent a week with us beginning with a Storytelling Workshop for all of the CCWs and then visiting our support groups in Ofafa.  Read more about it in the Sept 2011 Newsletter.

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This year a warm and wonderful Christmas Celebration was enjoyed by everyone, the Play School children, our two local support groups for children and grannies, CWBSA and some special friends and supporters of Woza Moya.

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CWBSA ran a residency course with the Grannies of Chibini. According to Jamie of CWBSA this was a very powerful and transformative 10 days for all involved.

 

 

Held at the Community Centre on 9 December 2009, the Christmas Party was attended by hundreds of children from far and wide who were undeterred by the misty weather.  The blossoming Chibini Circus School under the caring eye of Jamie and Kim from Clowns Without Borders provided entertainment.

Two French UNICEF Photographers photograph 40 young vulnerable children drawing pictures of themselves.

Philile and Nokuzola, 2 sisters of 15 and 6 years, lost both their parents in 2002 as a result of HIV and AIDS. They continued to live with their grandparents and uncle in Chibini. After her parents' death, Philile's uncle

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Our Woza Moya volunteer, Lungile Hlangu, alerted us to this case. Ntombifuthi of 6 years, had been sexually abused by many different men and had now stopped talking. She had apparently not spoken for 6 months. Fortunately, at the time, the Children's Rights Centre were doing a workshop in the community with us and we were able to follow their advice.

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Mhlonishwa is an 11 year old boy who began having pain in his back some years ago. This deteriorated until he could no longer walk. He was at Lusiba Primary School in Grade 2 at the time.

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Mongezi is a young boy of 11 years who was born paralysed. When we first met Mongezi he was a shy and introverted child, having never attended school and been confined his entire life to the rondavel we found him in.

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In 2002 both Mr and Mrs Ndlovu died within 6 months of each other, as a result of HIV and AIDS, leaving 4 teenage children. Zodwa, 21years, Thandi, 19 years, Siziphiwe, 17 years and Mafika 14 years. They were left impoverished, without money even to bury their own parents.

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Nonjabulo is a young girl of 12 years old. As an infant, a drip was inserted incorrectly at Christ the King ( Ixopo ) hospital. This left her blinded in one eye. Her mother was ashamed of her daughter's appearance and abandoned her.

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Woza Moya

  • actively seeks to empower women in the community and workplace
  • encourages taking responsibility by knowing your HIV status
  • respects the natural environment of the Ufafa Valley and the culture of the people living there