Fikelela Aids Project: Our One Million Rand Funding Target

Fikelela Aids Project: Our One Million Rand Funding Target Appeal

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

Care and Support of families living with HIV & AIDS

Providing HIV & AIDS awareness, education and support into the Church and the surrounding communities, including hospital ministry, food parcels, and support groups. We assist 50 parishes within the Anglican Diocese of Cape Town.

Care for orphaned and vulnerable children within the Church and the surrounding communities

The Fikelela Child and Youth Care Centre was established in Khayelitsha in 2000 with the vision to make a difference in the lives of children placed in its care, nurse them to health and reunite them with their families or place them in foster care. Our Centre is registered as a temporary safe care facility for children from birth to 10 years old. The Department of Social Development has recently requested that we apply for dual registration to also be a short-term residential care facility, allowing children who are placed with us to stay for longer periods of time, giving them more stability.

The Centre is able to accommodate 40 children and currently have 27 staff to provide for their care

  • 1 Centre Manager
  • 1 Social Worker
  • 1 Auxiliary Social Worker
  • 1 Nurse (currently works 3 days a week)
  • 17 Child & Youth Care Workers (5 per shift)
  • 1 Hospital Liaison CYCW
  • 1 Driver
  • 2 Cooks
  • 2 Cleaners

The Centre resource needs are to source funding for

  • The current operational shortfall of R400 000 per annum, failing the future of the project is at risk
  • The nurse to work full time, requiring a monthly budget of R15 000-00
  • 4 additional CYCW carers to ensure adequate care for the children; CYCW’s work on a 12- hour shift basis with 3 days on and 3 days off, with day shift and night shift rotations. The required staff would be at entry level, with a salary of R3, 700 per month.
  • A part-time back-up driver at R2, 000 per month. Drivers provide school and hospital lift and some staff transfers

Awareness and prevention education and training:

This is the focus area where more time, energy and wisdom needs to be spent. It has been highlighted that South Africa is the only country in the world where the HIV infection rate is on the increase with approximately 1,000 new infections daily. So despite our youth telling us that they know everything and that they have heard it all before, this remains an area of challenge in which education is very much needed.

Our 3 Prevention Programs are

Jerry Giraffe – focused on child abuse, it targets the 5-10 years age group, teaching children about the dangers of child abuse, awareness of the children’s rights, encourages body pride, and teach them that they can say NO.

Survivor Africa – this bible based sexuality program is geared towards the 13-16 years age group and is used with our parish confirmation candidates. It is very interesting to engage with these teenagers and see their reaction to the teachings around sex & sexuality provided by the Church. We are also starting to engage with the parents who struggle to teach and speak to their teenagers about the topic.

Agents of Change – this life skills program uses the peer education model and is geared towards the 17-34 year age group. The program offers a 25 session course which can be wokshopped over a period of 2 years or longer depending on progress and need. We have discovered that interest is also being shown by parents because the content makes it easy to pass the information on and to educate oneself around issues like interpersonal relationships, substance and alcohol abuse, sexuality issues or behaviour in general.

We are appealing to you to assist us towards reaching our R1 million target. A donation of R1 (or more) by as many folk as possible will help to realize this target. Every million begins with the first R10 000!! The funds raised will be used for the care and educating of these children and equipping them with sufficient skills to make better life choices.

PLEASE support our drive during the months of June, July and August (From International Orphan Day, through Mandela month and the Month of Compassion). Kindly share this appeal with your families, friends, parishes, or work colleagues and encourage them to join in enabling us together to be effective agents of change and hope in the lives of others daily.

We look forward to your positive response and participation.