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  • WELCOME TO ETAFENI

    Our beautiful centre in Nyanga, A resource for the community in their struggle against AIDS and poverty
  • JUNIOR FIT FOR LIFE, FIT FOR WORK PROGRAMME

    Youth development in high schools
  • AFTERSCHOOL CARE

    Afterschool children in music class
  • GREENING NYANGA

    Beautifying, planting trees, grass and food gardens throughout Nyanga
  • PRESCHOOL CARE

    Pre-school children playing on the jungle gyms
  • MOBILE VCT UNIT

    Mobile VCT unit in the field
  • PRESCHOOL CARE

    Preschool children playing in the playground
  • INCOME GENERATION

    Mothers sewing as part of income generation programme

ABOUT NYANGA

The Etafeni Centre is situated in Nyanga, one of the oldest black townships in Cape Town. As an impoverished community, the people of Nyanga face severe unemployment and alarming rates of HIV/AIDS. Once known as having the highest crime rate in Cape Town, Nyanga is slowly improving through the efforts of community members who are working hard to alleviate poverty and create job opportunities.

WHAT WE DO

The Trust, in partnership with the local community, has built a multi-purpose Day Care Centre in Nyanga which takes into account the needs of vulnerable children, the needs of those who care for them, and the needs of the community who will, of necessity, be their safety net. With over 12 different programmes, the Etafeni Centre is always busy and provides a beautiful space and shelter for members of the community.

OUR VISION

The Etafeni Day Care Centre Trust has developed a replicable model of holistic sustainable community-based care for AIDS-affected and vulnerable children and their caregivers. We hope that the model, when it is complete, will be of use to South Africa and to all AIDS-affected developing countries in their struggle to address the needs of vulnerable children and the needs of the  community in which they live.

OUR STORE

As a part of our efforts, Etafeni runs a programme that trains HIV-infected mothers in beadwork, smocking, patchwork, and various other craft-making skills. The products are produced at Etafeni and sold locally and internationally, giving our HIV+ mothers a steady income. Be sure to visit our store to see the beautiful items made at Etafeni.
The Etafeni Centre is a place of hope and inspiration, offering a great opportunity for skilling and empowerment of many ordinary people who are trying hard to survive under difficult conditions. It is my belief that a Centre that tries to help people stand on their feet and develop a sense of pride in what they can do for themselves deserves all the support it can get.

Eka Esu Williams, Program Officer, Ford Foundation

Eka Esu Williams, Program Officer, Ford Foundation

The Etafeni Centre is a place of hope and inspiration, offering a great opportunity for skilling and empowerment of many ordinary people who are trying hard to survive under difficult conditions. It is my belief that a Centre that tries to help people stand on their feet and develop a sense of pride in what View Full →
In a community that is struggling with extreme levels of poverty, violence, and breakdown in family due to many reasons, especially the death of parents due to HIV, and the neglect of children who are HIV positive, the Etafeni Centre is a haven and a tremendous blessing to the community and for all who find a haven there.

Matsepane Morare, Parish Priest of St Mary's Catholic Church, Nyanga

Matsepane Morare, Parish Priest of St Mary's Catholic Church, Nyanga

In a community that is struggling with extreme levels of poverty, violence, and breakdown in family due to many reasons, especially the death of parents due to HIV, and the neglect of children who are HIV positive, the Etafeni Centre is a haven and a tremendous blessing to the community and for all who find View Full →
OUR PROGRAMMESWith 12 different programmes, Etafeni is a resource for anyone in the community ranging from young children to adults. Here is a sample of some of the many programmes we run through the Etafeni Centre. For more information on all of our programmes, visit our programmes page.
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PRESCHOOL CARE

Project: Preschool Care Area: Children’s Programmes Coordinators: Phumeza Diginto The preschool is now registered to take 70 children. The pre-school provides a dry, comfortable light-filled space for AIDS-infected/affected, orphaned and vulnerable indigent children. There is a lovely, wide, grassed outside play area for the children, with play equipment. The children in our pre-school are supported…

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FIT FOR LIFE, FIT FOR WORK

Project: Fit For Life, Fit For Work Area: Youth Programmes Coordinator: Brenda Nkondlwana Description: Eight times a year, groups of fifteen young adults (60% young women) spend six weeks – all day every day – looking at themselves, their life stories, their goals, their values. There is a lot of work done around sexuality and…

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INCOME GENERATION

Project:  Income Generation Area:  Women’s Empowerment Coordinator:  Teresa Lumani Description:  The income generation / mother’s programme is flourishing. Destitute HIV+ women are referred into this programme by the Etafeni counsellors and community care workers. Our social worker helps them access social grants where applicable. They learn to do beadwork, to sew, smock and quilt. A…

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AIDS COUNSELLING

Project: AIDS Counselling Area: Health Care Coordinators: Ntombi Dyasi and Nomkitha Magopeni Goal: To work in partnership with local clinics providing HIV/AIDS and TB education, testing and follow-up counselling Description: In the early years of Etafeni the South African Department of Health asked the Centre if it would become one of the national sites to…

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FOOD GARDEN

Project: Food Garden Area: Facility gardens Coordinator: Mzoxolo Menyo Description: Food gardens have been established at the Centre and are being cared for by a team of gardeners, local residents trained by Abalimi Bezekhaya and supported by the Department of Donate to Facility Gardens programme:

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AFTERSCHOOL CARE

Project: Afterschool Care Area: Children’s Educational Programme Coordinator: Nosipho Thandeki Description: There are currently 50 children aged between 6 and 18 years in Etafeni’s ordinary after-school programme. Most of these children have been in the Etafeni pre-school and are now attending the local primary or high school. They come to the centre after school for…

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MOBILE TESTING UNIT

Project: Mobile Testing Unit Area: Health Care Coordinator: Vuyiswa Nelunqna Description: We have a Nursing Sister on site, who provides the local community with medical assistance including family planning and pap smears, counselling and testing. Services include a VCT (voluntary counselling testing) component, and education including the value and importance of nutrition. She is supported…

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NUTRITION AND HOME VEGETABLE GARDENS

Project: Nutrition and Home Vegetables Gardens Programme Area: Health Care Coordinator: Jeanne Cussen Description: The Nutrition Department at Etafeni aims to contribute towards the Millennium Development Goals set out by heads of state in 2000 to eradicate extreme poverty and hunger and reduce childhood mortality. Programme Goal: To improve the nutritional status and health of…

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SOCIAL WORK & COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT

Project: Social Work and Community Development Area: Community Development Coordinator: Ncumisa Mpahleni Description: The extended family is still intact in a township like Nyanga, but has been made fragile by the forces of poverty, urbanization and the psychological legacy of apartheid. There is a need to train and support the women, men, grannies, aunts, neighbours…

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REPLICATION OF MODEL

Project: Replication of the Etafeni model, Vrygrond Community Centre in the Western Cape and Valoyi Community Centre in Limpopo Coordinator: Stephanie Kilroe Description: In 2007, the Vrygrond Community Development Trust asked Etafeni to replicate its model of a community-built, community-staffed centre serving the community in Vrygrond.  When key funders agreed, work began.  The construction of…

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FAMILIES MATTER!

Project: Families Matter! Area: Families Matter Coordinator: Zamikhaya Ndiki Description: Children are exposed to all sorts of messages about sex through songs, television, and other media, but caregivers play a main role in their sexual education as well. Families Matter! helps caregivers unleash their power through positive parenting skills. Families Matter! is an HIV-prevention programme…

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GREENING NYANGA

Project: Greening Nyanga Area: Community Development Coordinator: Stephanie Kilroe The Greening Nyanga project is a partnership between Etafeni (in particular our Fit for Life, Fit for Work graduates), the City of Cape Town, the Department of Agriculture, St Bernard’s and St Ignatius Catholic parishes and others to keep Etafeni green and beautiful and to plant trees,…

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JUNIOR FIT FOR LIFE, FIT FOR WORK PROGRAMME

Project: Junior Fit for Life, Fit for Work programme Area: Youth Development Coordinator: Shaun Williams From the inception of the Fit for Life, Fit for Work programme at Etafeni, there were many requests for the programme to be rolled out for young people in their final years at school. The life skills and process of career-discernment…

SUCCESS STORIES
The Etafeni Centre affects many members of the community including Fit For Life participants, mothers in the Income Generation programme, and volunteers who work at the Centre. Here are some of their stories.
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NEWS & EVENTS
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