AASA Projects in South Africa

Sinethemba – Cape Town

Sinethemba provides home based care to people infected by HIV/AIDS. Monitoring and education is at the forefront of the organisations objectives. AASA assists Sinethemba by providing resources to facilitate training and education programs to the facility’s Home Carers. This includes supplying the carers with uniforms and professional development workshops.

AASA also assists the organisation by:

  • Contributing to the salary of the driver who transports home cares between patients. Many home cares travel to rural parts of Cape Town to assist patients.
  • Assisted in establishing a vegetable garden at facility’s clinic to ensure patients have access to fresh fruit and vegetables. AASA also assists with the stipend of the gardener.
  • Supporting the clinic’s soup kitchen. In some parts of South Africa, to be able to qualify for the full benefit of the anti-retroviral medication, suffers of HIV/AIDS must consistently eat nourishing meals, in order to have access to the appropriate medication.

House of Resurrection – Port Elizabeth

House of Resurrection is a home for children infected and affected by the HIV/AIDS virus. Many children living at the facility are infected with the virus and/or have lost their parents due to the epidemic. Children living at the facility are cared for until the age of 16. After 16 children work with the facility social worker to find adoptive and foster parents.
AASA supports House of Resurrection by financing the position of the social workers. Many of the children living at the facility suffer emotional trauma and find it difficult to cope with school work.

AASA also assists in the employment of an afterschool care teacher to assist these children with school work.

Tygerberg Community Outreach Program – Cape Town

Tygerberg Community Outreach Program supports post-acute teenagers, after they have been discharged from hospital. AASA funds educational camps to teach life skills to these teenagers who have been affected by HIV/AIDS, and come from very low socio economic families.

iThemba Lethu – Durban

Themba Lethu works to support children who are aged between 10 and 18 years of age and display risk taking behaviour. The facility aims to implement engage children at a young age, instilling in them the value of self-worth. Behavioural change programs are implemented at the school in order to reduce risk of taking behaviour and HIV infection.
iThemba Lethu also implements a 5-year HIV Prevention Program to enable the community to build healthy families. The facility assists with home visits, one on one counselling and monthly educational workshops.

AASA supplies the facility with clothing, books, toys and home goods.