Stellenbosch Gemeente

Stellenbosch Gemeente

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A major investment of LHCF was working with the Stellenbosch Gemeente and the Legacy Community Development Corporation to establish a community center in the township. LHCF supported the initial construction and the development of the Khulani Kayamandi Enrichment Center: Approximately 80 primary school kids take part in the Khulani Kayamandi Enrichment Center’s daily program. This initiative works towards the transformation of primary school learners’ lives in Kayamandi by promoting and focusing on aspects like AIDS awareness, literacy, arts, culture, and life skills. They also attempt providing them with a positive identity, a new value system, a peer group, contact with positive role models and a purpose to live. Legacy has continued to expand its opportunities in the community through the Igadi ye themba – Garden of hope: Since February 2005 the poorly developed garden surrounding the Legacy Center has changed into a fertile vegetable and fruit garden. The aim is to provide fruit and vegetables for HIV positive patients as well as patients suffering from tuberculosis. This initiative will furthermore empower them with the skill of growing a garden and eventually earn a living; Siyazakha needlework project: The needlework project, which was originally created to empower unemployed women, is run by volunteers from different congregations in Stellenbosch. It is done for a lot of different reasons: to help build their spirits, to teach them life skills and to make them self-supporting; Combating HIV/AIDS: They follow an integrated approach in their attempt to combat HIV/AIDS in Kayamandi. Some of the initiatives in their fight against AIDS include: having people responsible for the screening process before Anti-Retrovirals are administered; visiting, advising and educating patients in issues of health; English acquisition and life skills; facilitating a HIV support group; professional caring for patients at home; rehabilitating clients to re-enter society; assessments of where food is needed; providing patients with a healthy diet; and providing patients with a service to help them get to the clinic or hospital. Ikhaya Lempilo (‘House of Wellness’): One of the most recent Legacy initiatives is the building of Ikhaya Lempilo (‘House of Wellness’), an eight bed halfway house/respite center next to the Legacy Center. Ikhaya Lempilo provides a place for clients with low CD4 counts who have just started using ART’s to receive nutritional food, care and support in a healthy environment. It also provides a place of recovery for those who need further care after being discharged from the hospital. The outcome of this intervention will be to lessen morbidity and improve mortality among clients most at risk of illnesses and immune reconstitution inflammatory syndrome. Charlie Johnson was instrumental in the vision and launching of this project. This is a prime example of how LHCF invested and partnered with local organizations to expand the community impact addressing the challenges of HIV.