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

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.

A 12-week training programme for foster parents and the children under their care, is run with the first group of “gogos” (grandmothers).  A very powerful psychosocial programme that has been expanded and added on to over the years at Woza Moya.

Woza Moya establishes a partnership with the Children’s Rights Centre in Durban and staff members receive ongoing training on issues affecting children.

Woza Moya holds its first annual Christmas Party for local children, now a well-established tradition and one of the highlights in Woza Moya’s calendar of events.

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