Rorisang Men and Youth Development Project, Klerksdorp, February 2014

Rorisang Men and Youth Development Project, Klerksdorp, February 2014

Early in 2014 Priscilla Rakhetsi of the SACBC AIDS Office visited Rorisang Men and Youth Development Project which runs an OVC project for children affected by AIDS. She noted that Rorisang is supported by the Department of Social Development as well as by the SACBC AIDS Office. Other people and organisations have also made considerable commitments to the project.

In December, Seven care givers started NACCW training. The training is sponsored by Department of Social Development.

One of the male OVC’s represented Dr Kenneth Kaunda district in the Eskom Science Expo and he obtained position one. The competition started in February 2013 and ended in November 2013. This will enable the young man to acquire a scholarship from Eskom if he passes grade 12. The project has played an important role to assist the young man through this journey by providing the transport fee, meals, materials and internet access.

A Professor from the University of the Witwatersrand raised funding for the project. The Chairperson of the Board for Rorisang project bought school shoes for 25 children. A safe park is under construction, funded by Department of Social Development and by Fr Gerald Vanoesompele omi of the parish. Fr Gerald Vanoesompele’s parish in Belgium also donated a bus to the Rorisang Project. The project has secured Lotto funding for the OVC programme.

The project has a good relationship with the AngloGold Ashanti which will fund the extension of the Rorisang office. In December, AngloGold Ashanti provided the project with Christmas hampers for 311 children registered in the programme. ABSA bank and Feed a Child provided the project with 22 boxes of Christmas hamper sweets and biscuits during December. And also in March 2014, they provided the project with two tunnel shades for gardening. SASKO provides the project with bread for the children.

The project has a total of 44 children receiving ARV treatment, and in December, the project lost one child as a result of defaulting on the treatment.

HIV prevention education is going well and it caters for children between the ages of 5 and 18 years. The children are being divided according to their age during the sessions and the talk kit is used to teach the young ones about HIV and AIDS.

We visited five households which benefited from the shelter once off funding. The renovations were mainly window and door repairs, floor plastering and repairing shacks.