Mni. Vulnerable Family

From December’s Report:

“The Mni. family live in the Masoyi village of Phola. The family consists of four members: Nta. Mat. is 10 years old; Ler. Mni. is 20 years old; Moo. Mni. is 24; and San. Mni. Is 27. Moo. dropped out of school because of his family hardship and had to find employment to look after the family, and San.  completed her matriculation but is not at university or college.

“Their mother passed away in 2010, and their father left them a long time ago. His whereabouts are unknown. The family lives in their family home which their late mother left for them. Nta. Mat.  receives child social grant which the family uses to buy food and other basic needs.

124. Nta. Mat. food parcel

Nta. collecting the food        parcel

“Moo. and San. Mni. work in part-time jobs and also use their pay to buy food for the family. We gave the family a food parcel that will help them have more food to eat.”

It is easy to think, “Well, three of them are adults, not children, and two are working – so why are we supporting them, why do they need a food parcel?”  They will have been referred to eMasoyi and their local home-based care worker as in need, and the care worker will have visited their home (probably with the area coordinator) to make an assessment.  The part-time earnings will be very low, even by local standards, and not enough to feed a family of four.

A Prayer: HIV/AIDS and TB

“Thank you for the commitment of the South African Government to tackle the incidence of HIV/AIDS  and TB in recent years,  with some success.  Thank you, too, for eMasoyi’s contribution to the Test and Treat campaign.  May all this work, and education, bring about cultural and behavioural change that improves people’s health prospects.”

  • South Africa has the biggest HIV epidemic in the world, with 7.7 million people living with HIV.  60% of them will be co-infected with TB, the country’s leading cause of death.
  • HIV prevalence among the general population is high at 20.4%.
  • South Africa has the world’s largest antiretroviral treatment (ART) programme. This has been largely financed from its own domestic resources.  Sadly, less than half of infected children are on this treatment.

Ngo. Vulnerable Family

From December’s Report:

“This child-headed family consists of six siblings. Olw. Nko. is 4 years old, Pri. Mbu. is 9 years old, and Pri. Mzi. is also 9. Vic. Ngo. is 19 years old, and was not in school during the 2020 school calendar year because of pregnancy, but she has since given birth to Non. and will return to school next year. Mpu. Ndl. is 23 and has completed her matriculation.

123. Vic. Ngo. food parcel“The child-headed family live in their mother’s family home which the she left them. Their mother passed away in 2019, and the children do not know their father as he left them when they were young. The family depends on the child social grant which four children are receiving, Pri. Mzi., Olw. Nko. , Pri. Mbu., and baby Non. Ngo. There is some income from the odd jobs which Vic. and Mpu. sometimes do.

“They use all the money they receive to buy food and supply other basic needs . There are no other extended family members who are helping financially. We gave the family a food parcel so that they can have more food on the table.”

World AIDS Day

eMasoyi hosted a World AIDS Day event last month, remembering the many in the community who have died as a result of HIV/AIDS over the last thirty years.  It will not have been unusual for some adults at the event to have lost more than a dozen family and friends in this way – hard to imagine.

On a more positive note, life expectancy in South Africa has risen from 56 to 63.

A Prayer: Housebuilding and Repairs

“Please guide eMasoyi staff as they identify orphan and vulnerable children in houses in need of repair or security [door locks, window bars], or replacement.  You know how limited funds are for this work; please provide all that is needed in 2021, including enough money to complete the current new house build.”

New house funding comes from outside sponsors; only one has been built in 2020. (A two-room house costs £3,000-£3,500, and a separate, long-drop toilet £350.)

Children’s Christmas Party

From December’s Report:

“The orphaned and vulnerable children’s [OVC] Christmas party is organised to have all the children under one roof to celebrate, receive gifts, eat cakes and to get words of encouragement. This year the Christmas party was held on  12th of December and we had 150 orphaned and vulnerable children attending.

“We had two of our OVC children directing the programme. Participating were a young pastor who led us in prayer; one of our former OVC children, who is now a teacher, giving words of encouragement; a peer educator of our youth peer education programme; and a representative from Kesho. This is the organisation which helps in sponsoring our orphaned and vulnerable children with gifts. We also hired a bouncy castle for the children to have fun and enjoy themselves.”

135. OVC Christmas party

Peer Education

From December’s Report:

“In the programme there are five facilitators as listed below:

  • Tricia Dube
  • Maria Mkhawana
  • Linah Mazibuko
  • Thandeka Ngwenyama
  • Bongekile Matsane

We have not had any changes  since our last report.

The peer education programme has been on hold since the beginning of the lockdown and will resume in 2021. Peer educators will be recruited next year, and then we will report on our total number of peer educators.

A Prayer: Unemployment

“Father, you know that unemployment in South Africa is high, particularly among young people; and much higher among the Masoyi community, which is largely devoid of industry and commerce*.  And the Covid-19 crisis is adding to the numbers.  May those who are unemployed seek guidance and support from you – including through your church – and may there be many work opportunities created in the months and years ahead.”

*National unemployment rate was over 30% in the third quarter of 2020 – 14.7m people;  youth unemployment was over 52% in the second quarter.

AIDS Day Candlelight Ceremony

From December’s Report:

“On  4th of December we had a candlelight ceremony to commemorate  all those who died, and remember those who are living with, and affected by, HIV/AIDS. The ceremony was held at Masoyi Home based Care Khayalethu 2. We had all the Masoyi volunteers and community members in attendance.

The ceremony was led by Masoyi Home Based Care stakeholder, Mthimba clinic representative, Sister Anna Kubhayi, and Masoyi Home Based Care Starfish Wellness wagon’s Sister Busisiwe Lubambo*. We had Pastor Dladla, who prayed for all those who had lost their lives from HIV/AIDS, and for those who are living with, and those who are affected by, HIV/AIDS.”

The ‘Wellness Wagon’ was donated by Starfish, a South African charity, to take children’s healthcare services into more remote parts of the community.