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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
With 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.
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.
A mother working with Etafeni's Income Generation Programme
Etafeni Centre's head gardener for more than eight years.
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