West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine Visited Fikelela

A special relationship with Adrienne Belafonte Biesemeyer of Anir Foundation offers interns an opportunity to come and experience a cultural understanding with Fikelela AIDS Project.

The community kitchen at Holy Cross Nyanga. The educare centre at the Red Cross in Nyanga. The journey starts off with orientation at Zonnebloem Head office facilitated by Beverley Hendricks. The site visits for the day are projects which Fikelela is directly involved with.

The students are totally overwhelmed by how much we are involved with and treasure the opportunity and the experience.

Fikelela appeals for assistance

Warm greetings from your Fikelela family. Unbelievably we have already journeyed together for 6 months of the year 2017.

We are approaching the winter months and the cold weather affects behaviour. For this very reason we wish to highlight our experiences over the past couple of months.

Several Parishes have given Fikelela the opportunity to engage with Confirmands around our confirmation program Survivor Africa. We are highlighting concerns around the issues that these young adults are struggling to deal with. Fikelela has the ability and the capacity to educate these young people and to support with these issues that they are highlighting as struggles. Examples are self -esteem, body pride, confidence levels, bullying, dealing with their sexuality and their behavior. After the Survivor Africa program has been completed with them, we are also able to offer our life skills program Agents of Change. This is an added participatory teaching peer to peer model that would strengthen our young adults to be more equipped around their choices and coping mechanisms.

On behalf of these young people we as Fikelela are appealing to the Parishes within the Diocese of Cape Town to call on us to provide the service to the young people who are seeking assistance. Please do not hesitate to contact us we are very willing and able and we want to ENGAGE, EDUCATE AND EMPOWER.

Our child and youth care centre based in Christmas Tinto Street, Khayelithsa a temporary safe care facility for up to 40 children. We have become a multi-racial, multi -cultural Centre. ‘Your child is my child’ your assistance and support for us to run the Centre is becoming quite critical now. We are appealing to our Parishes within the Diocese of Cape Town to support the project attached to Fikelela. It is a wonderful opportunity for Sunday Schools and Youth groups to visit and engage in a practical way and spend time with our children. Our amazing Jerry Giraffe programme equips young ones to know the dangers of strangers, good touching and bad touching and the importance of their bodies. Parents, who struggle to teach the young group age 5 – 10 years, please do enquire about the programme. A recent statistic shared, 20 Children murdered in Cape Town since the beginning of the year. That is frightening! Together we can make a difference.

Offering support and being a support are two key elements of ministry. More and more we are discovering people who are infected and aware of being infected, yet they share openly that they have no knowledge of this disease. Amidst our thinking of we are tired of hearing about HIV awareness the need for ongoing awareness education is still urgent.

Support groups the safe space and place that we offer people, to feel the love of Christ, to be the love of Christ. A wonderful opportunity to be brought to your knees and experience with us the stigma, the rejection, the loneliness, the pain of not being loved. Each client receives a monthly food parcel which the Organisation receives as a gift. Our journey is one of reality. Attached to our support group structures is also an opportunity to teach people skills like sewing, beading, knitting, crocheting, fabric painting, and Basic English classes.

Hospital Ministry – It is at the ARV sites at the various facilities that we experience the emotion of people who have just been diagnosed for the first time, young and old. It is at this point that we comfort them, take them on a journey of renewed strength and hope. They are referred to our various support groups where they can be supported. At the hospital we offer the clients 2 stop hunger meal packs. We are seeking helping hands if there are any to assist at the facilities.

Your Fikelela family is asking for your kind assistance, if any additional information is required or clarification of information; please do not hesitate to contact us.

Ways in which you can assist, whether it be financial, physical , emotional, spiritual we prayerfully ask for your consideration of our appeal.

This is what we spend monthly on the project which excludes any salaries:

Telephone                                        :     R4000-00
Stationary                                         :     R3000-00
Electricity                                          :     R5000-00
Rates & Water                                  :     R1200-00
School fees pre-school and grade R  :   R2000-00
Medication                                          :   R4000-00
Nappies                                               :   R7000-00
Petrol for transporting children to school and hospitals  :   R5000-00
Transport for hospital ministry and skills development   :   R5000-00
Food for the 40 children                     :    R41000-00
Training and developing                     :    R10000-00
Refreshments for support group sessions and hospital ministry  :  R3000-00
Stop Hunger Packs                            :     R1500-00

May what we share with you touch your heart deeply. We are seeking financial support from our Anglican family and beyond.

If you would like to donate towards our running cost we really need your support.
Banking Details : Standard Bank Thibault Square
Account Name : Fikelela AIDS Project
Account Number : 070060320
Branch Code : 020909

Beverley Hendricks

Thank you Emirates Airline Foundation

The Fikelela family  extends their gratitude to the Emirates Airline Foundation for our new vehicle which was collected in June. Our children are so excited and are beaming from ear to ear.

Special thanks to Taryn Jonas of Ukwenza Designs who donated the branding for the vehicle. Your love made an amazing difference to the lives of our children. Thank You!

 

Annual Benefit Concert 2017

We will be hosting our 2017 Annual Benefit Concert on the 25th August at Rondebosch Boys Preparatory School. To secure your tickets we advise you to pre-book.

Payment can be made to:
Name of Account: Fikelela Aids Project
Bank: Standard Bank, Adderley Street
Branch Code: 020909
Account Number: 07 00 60320
Type of Account: Current Account

USE YOUR NAME AND BENEFIT CONCERT AS REFERENCE TO US

You are welcome to contact the Fikelela office for bookings or further information on 021 469 3775.

 

Mandela Day 18th July – Toiletry Drive

We are inviting you to embark upon a journey of making a difference to the lives of children and young people who are being looked after by carers. Our dream is to be able to collect and then support all of the Anglican homes with some toiletry items and give these gifts to them as part of our “Mandela Day Drive”.

The items that we are collecting: 1 tube of toothpaste, 1 toothbrush, 1 bar of soap and a facecloth. This will enable us to share the gift with either a girl or a boy. Together with your support, we will be able to bless the following homes: St Anne’s Home, St Francis, St Georges, St Michael’s, Leliebloem, Heavens Nest, Fikelela Children Centre and Zonnebloem Cottage.

If any additional information is required please contact our office (021) 469 3775.

Thanking you!

The Fikelela Team

Meeting with Russell Sheldon representing Emirates Airline Foundation

The visit was to discuss the extension to the boy’s side of the Centre in Khayelitsha

Frances and Ali’s time at Fikelela Children Centre

“We have just returned from our trip to South Africa where we volunteered at Fikelela Children Centre in Khayelitsha. Our time a Fikelela has given us greater insight into the problems faced by many families that are unable to look after their children. What struck us most at the home was the unconditional love and care that the carers gave to the children providing them with structure, routine and a stable environment. All this is happening in the background whilst the team look for a more permanent arrangement for the children.

The team work and dedicated cooperation shown by all members of the Fikelela team was something to be admired. The team worked together to put the child first at all times and to make sure they will always be loved no matter where they go.

The administration and organization of the medication required by the children was another facet of everyday life at Fikelela. We learnt allot from the professionalism showed by the carers in this aspect. It has been a privilege to be given the opportunity to volunteer at Fikelela. We would like to thank Beverley and her team for giving us this chance to be part of the Fikelela family. We had great fun playing with and getting to know all the children and the staff”

St Thomas Rondebosch and St Mary Magdalene Gugulethu

The parish of St Mary Magdalene, the volunteers and the grannies hosted the Parish of St Thomas Rondebosch and Fikelela to a thank you tea. What a wonderful event, the Grannies used their pension money to contribute to the event and to arrange a gift to each and every person who attended the event. A true testimony of relationship building, everyone was seeing to the infected and affected we decided to focus on the “carers” the grannies.

St Andrews Newlands food/love parcel packing

On the 1st Saturday of every month St Andrews Newlands packs 180 food parcels for Fikelela Aids Project. A wonderful story everyone is involved, the young and the not so young, the young ones have amazing energy and they race up and down competing with each other who can pack the most packs. It takes just under ¾ of an hour to pack the parcels, then the parcels are loaded and delivered to Zonnebloem until distribution day which is on the second Thursday of every month.