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April 2013 (PDF – Requires Adobe Reader)

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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.
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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.
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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.
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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

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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

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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

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 by trained educarers – substitute mothers – with whom…

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FIT FOR LIFE, FIT FOR WORK

Project Fit For Life, Fit For Work Area Youth Programs 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 space is offered…

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INCOME GENERATION

Project Income Generation Area Women’s Empowerment Description The income generation / mothers 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 weekly lunchtime menu…

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AIDS COUNSELLING

Project AIDS Counseling Area Health Care Goal To work in partnership with local clinics providing HIV/AIDS and TB education, testing and follow-up counseling 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 sponsor HIV/AIDS lay counselors. Today the…

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FOOD GARDENING AND GREENING

Project Food Gardening and Greening Area Nutritional Program 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 Agriculture. Lindiwe Mthiyi, who assists Etafeni’s Dietician, has established over 60 household food gardens for vulnerable…

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AFTERSCHOOL CARE

Project Afterschool Care Area Children’s Educational Program 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 lunch, support and…

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MOBILE VCT UNIT

Project Mobile VCT Unit Area Health Care 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 by three counsellors…

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NUTRITION PROGRAM

Project Nutrition Program Area Health Care 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 underprivileged children less than 6 yrs of…

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SOCIAL WORK & COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT

Project Social Work and Community Development Area Health Care 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 and older siblings…

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REPLICATION OF MODEL

Project REPLICATION OF THE ETAFENI MODEL FOR THE VALOYI TRUST, NWAMITWA, LIMPOPO Description In 2008, Hosi Nwamitwa II came to visit the Etafeni Centre in Nyanga. The Hosi is an educationalist, a Member of Parliament and a ground-breaking woman traditional leader. She is committed to the education, skills training and development of her people. The…

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GREENING NYANGA

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, grass and food gardens throughout Nyanga. This will…

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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EVENTS
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PARTNERS SOME OF OUR PARTNERS

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