Introducing the Home Based Care Group at Jeppes Reef (South Africa)

Community members voluntarily look after the sick, AIDS patients and orphans

May we introduce to you the Jeppes Reef Home Carers, Health Promoters and Skills Developers Group (Barberton Parish, Mpumalanga Province, South Africa).

Since 2002 they offer their services voluntarily. The group has 20 volunteers who come from the entire community and care for all sick members of the community, at their homes. Currently, there are 33 patients and they take care of 45 orphans.

Work done

  1. They care for the sick and AIDS patients who are not capable of helping themselves. They cook in their own homes and take the food to the sick over long stony footpaths.

  2. They take care of the aged who have no relatives or have been neglected.

  3. They visit the bereaved and comfort them with reading the Word of God from the Bible and offer financial assistance.

  4. They train families to care for their sick family members. They have taught them to start vegetable gardens and to feed themselves and the sick from the harvest.

Goals

A plot for a meeting place has been acquired. It is planned to use an old house for skills training and health providing acitivities, and for caring for the sick.

(From a letter of the Jeppes Reef Home Carers and a Proposal for Home Based Care (HBC) Projects and Orphans and Vulnerable Children’s (OVC) Programmes)

Members of the Home Based Care Group at Jeppes Reef

The members of the Home Based Care Group at Jeppes Reef have visited every house to find needy patients and care for them at home daily.
[Die Mitglieder der Häuslichen Krankenpflegegruppe in Jeppes Reef versorgen die Patienten zu Hause.]

Members of the Home Based Care Group at Jeppes Reef

They care for chronicle and HIV/AIDS patients, pray for them and assist the dying.
[Die Pflegenden kümmern sich nicht nur um körperliche Krankheit, sondern stehen den chronisch und HIV-Kranken bis zuletzt mit Gebet und Zuspruch bei.]

Members of the Home Based Care Group at Jeppes Reef

Often the family rejects the patient when HIV/AIDS is stated. The caregivers help build a bridge of reconciliation and acceptance.
[Die Pflegenden stellen oft zwischen der Familie und dem Kranken wieder eine Beziehung her, in dem sie eine Versöhnung vermitteln.]

Die 20 Mitglieder der Gruppe für Häusliche Krankenpflege in Jeppes Reef (Barberton Parish, Provinz Mpumalanga, Südafrika) arbeiten seit 2002 ehrenamtlich. Sie kommen von der ganzen Dorfgemeinschaft.

  1. Sie pflegen 33 Patienten (AIDS und andere chronisch Kranke) und kochen das Essen bei sich in der eigenen Küche und bringen es ihnen hin auf weiten steinigen Fusswegen. Sie sorgen für 45 Waisenkinder.

  2. Sie kümmern sich um die Alten, die keine Angehörigen mehr haben und unversorgt sind.

  3. Sie besuchen Verwitwete und trösten Hinterbliebene mit einem Wort Gottes und bieten finanzielle Hilfe an.

  4. Sie leiten Familien an, für ihre kranken Familienglieder zu sorgen. Daraufhin haben sie schon Gemüse angepflanzt, um sich und die Kranken besser zu ernähren.

Ein Grundstück wurde erworben. Ziel ist es, ein älteres Haus zum Treffpunkt umzubauen, wo sie Kranke aufnehmen können, damit sie nicht stundenlang weite Wege zu den Kranken machen müssen. Dort könnten sie ihre Fähigkeiten weiter ausbilden und gesundheitsfördernde Massnahmen lernen.

Dazu suchen wir noch Spender, damit dieser Aus- und Umbau bald möglich wird.

A short progress report from Mahlabaneni, Swaziland

Mrs. Busi Vilakazi reports from the Mahlabaneni Community Development Project in Swaziland

As the number of orphans and vulnerable children is growing day by day, the project manager, Mrs. Busi Vilakazi, has worked hard to ensure regular feeding (four times a week) of more than 300 children, and has started a Pre-School for 36 children. She received from us the funds for feeding, and for stipends of two Pre-School teachers and two cooks. The amounts for connecting electricity came from our sponsors, the sum for drilling water and installing an electrical water pump and the pipes was donated by Ein Herz für Kinder (the German donor Bild hilft, Hamburg).

Children patiently wait for their warm nutritous food

In front of the hall erected in March 2006 the children patiently wait for their warm nutritous food.
[Kinder warten geduldig auf ihre warme nahrhafte Mahlzeit.]

Mrs. Busi Vilakazi informs the people about the dangers of HIV/AIDS

The project manager Mrs. Busi Vilakazi informs the people about the dangers of HIV/AIDS.
[Die Projektleiterin Busi Vilakazi informiert die Gemeinde über die Gefahren von HIV/AIDS.]

A grandmother receives food for her five vulnerable grandchildren (orphans)

A grandmother receives food for her five vulnerable grandchildren (orphans).
[Durch das Projekt werden auch die armen Frauen, die ihre verwaisten Enkel aufnehmen, mit Lebensmitteln versorgt.]

A day of joy upbuilds the kids as much as regular feeding

A day of joy upbuilds the kids as much as regular feeding.
[Es wird nicht nur für regelmässige gute Ernährung gesorgt (bald auch mit Gemüse aus eigenem Anbau), sondern auch mit einem Freudentag.]

Two water tanks are supposed to be filled by water

Two water tanks are supposed to be filled by water drilled on the ground of the project.
[Zwei Wassertanks werden auf dem Gelände des Projektes errichtet. Die Tanks werden ummauert, damit kein Unbefugter Wasser stehlen kann.]

Mrs. Busi Vilakazi sends a word of thanks for the financial help:

The people here and the chief are very very grateful to you people in Germany, they appreciate every bit of work that has been and is being done here. We now have electricity. Halleluja! We can light the place at night now.

The money came at the right time when I was desperate for food for the children. Unfortunately, things are incredibly expensive here in our country, especially now that the drought is worse than any in twenty years time, this is the worst year ever, so your money has been a life-saver.

My dear friends at Aidshilfe Förderkreis, thank you so much for caring for the little destitute children, your work will only be rewarded by God himself, no one on earth can thank you enough. May the Lord bless you abundantly and keep you well always.