Who we areFikelela means 'reach out' in Xhosa and is the HIV&AIDS outreach programme of the Anglican Diocese of Cape Town. Fikelela was founded in 2000 with the vision of providing an active Christian response to the HIV&AIDS pandemic in South Africa.
VisionThe vision of Fikelela is to mobilise the Anglican community to make a sustained positive contribution to the reduction of the number of new HIV infections and to drive HIV&AIDS education and acre, in partnership with others
Fikelela Aids Project: Our One Million Rand Funding Target
Fikelela Aids Project began its journey in the year 2000 as an active Christian response to the HIV & AIDS pandemic. We embrace anyone who wishes to journey, learn and partner with us.
Our 3 focus areas are
- To care and support families living with HIV & AIDS
- To care for orphaned and vulnerable children within the Church and the surrounding communities
- To provide awareness and prevention education and training
Fikelela Children Centre
The centre has been running in Khayelitsha for 11 years, providing short term safe care for up to 40 children aged 0 to 8. We provide a secure and nurturing home environment for children from all over the Western cape who have been abandoned and orphaned, neglected or abused. Children are nursed back to health and put on anti-retrovirals when necessary. We then place them with extended family members or supported foster families. We have a very high success rate of placing children.
In partnership with Home from Home, we run are running a foster care home for six children. The Home from Home model is to provide small homes in the community where no more than six children are looked after by foster carers. This means that children are raised in a family environment.
Survivor AfricaA seven week youth sexuality programme has been devised for the confirmation classes which deals with issues of sexuality from Biblical perspective. Confirmation class candidates are offered a seven week course called Survivor Africa, which focuses on sexuality. Confirmation class teachers are trained to run this programme, and completing a sexuality course is a pre-requisite to be confirmed.
Agents of ChangeResearch into sexual activity amongst the Anglican youth revealed how vulnerable they are to HIV infections and teenage pregnancies. Young people are trained as peer educators to teach a 20 session life skill programme to their youth groups. As agents of change they are empowered to live the message as well as give the message. A peer education programme called 'AGENTS OF CHANGE'. This programme combine various aspects.
- Training for peer educators. Young people are elected by their peers and trained to become both educators and role models. "The message you live is more important that the message you give"
- Life skills programme. The peer educators present 20 sessions of a life skills programme to the youth group in the church, to which other members of the community are invited
- Facilitators: The youth group leaders are trained as facilitators of the programme, and given skills in mentoring and basic counselling
- Parenting workshops are run, to help the parents to be able to talk to their children about issues of sexuality
Jerry GiraffeIn partnership with Think Twice we have developed a Sunday School curriculum which helps to protect children from the dangers of child abuse and teachers about HIV in a fun an interactive way. Fikelela in partnership with an organisation called Think Twice offers a programme for Sunday schools. The programme is named Jerry Giraffe, after the toy giraffe which will be used to help learners have fun while learning. The programme has 10 lessons and runs for ten weeks or longer depending on the parish needs. Jerry Giraffe focuses on teaching young children about making good choices in life and learning to treat other people with kindness and compassion. The programme Jerry Giraffe also focus strongly on child abuse awareness, teaching body pride and what to do if faced with potential abuse or if a child has been in an abusive situation. Another strong focus area is on HIV/AIDS. The basic facts on HIV, how it is transmitted and how your child can keep him/herself safe from infection through avoiding contact with blood from friends when accidents happen during fun games in the playground; will be taught. This section will also touch on stigma of HIV&AIDS and contribute to a generation that is HIV free yet respects those around who are infected and affected by this pandemic. If you are a Sunday school teacher and would love to attend the Jerry Giraffe training the cost for the training is R150, which includes all the training with a manual and CD of songs and a Jerry Giraffe resource pack. You can also purchase a Jerry Giraffe soft toy at R60 (one per church).
For more information about the programme please contact Mildred Jutzen on 021 469 3775
HIV Task Teams
Fikelela AIDS Project is grateful for your financial assistance. If you would like to support our project, herewith our banking details
Fikelela has section 18 A Public Benefit Organisation (PBO) status. Donations made in South Africa are tax deductable and Fikelela can issue receipt for income tax purposes.Our PBO number: 18-11-13-4572
Name of the Account: Fikelela AIDS Project Bank: Standard Bank Account Number: 070060320 Branch Code: 020909International swift code: SBZAZAJJ