Rorisang Site visit, Diocese of Klerksdorp
The SACBC AIDS Office visited the orphan and vulnerable children’s project, Rorisang, in the Klerksdorp Diocese.
Project collaboration with other stakeholders
The project is receiving food donations from Woolworths and Professor Mngomezulu of the University of the Witwatersand is also funding the sites for the feeding scheme programme.
The project managed to get funding from the Department of Social Development for the food parcels. Additionally, two care givers are still attending an accredited psycho social support training funded by the Department of Social Development. The training started in June 2012 and it involves doing assessments and visiting court to learn how the court proceedings are being undertaken.
The project has established a good relationship with the Department of Health and four of their Care givers participated in an accredited Primary health course that was funded by the Department of Health. The main objective of this training is to educate the community about the importance of child immunization and also to track down children who have not received immunization and refer them to the clinic. Furthermore, two care workers received data capture training from the Department of Health.
The Rorisang project is also part of the community advisory group of Matlosana sub district. This is a group of different non profit organisations who decided to establish a forum in order to tackle different health issues in their community. This has enabled one of the Rorisang care givers to participate in the presentation workshop in Cape Town. Furthermore she was elected to form part of the Governance structure of Matlosana sub district.
The project and the beneficiaries were very grateful for the shelter and household funding received from the SACBC AIDS Office. We visited six families who benefited and the following is what transpired during the home visits:
Kolobe Family (not their real name)
We visited Kolobe’s family where we meet with ‘’ Jabu’’ a seventeen year old boy who was adopted by his grandmother after the loss of both his parents. Jabu is in grade 9 performing very well in school and also assists other children with homework during the after school care programme at the centre. Jabu was awarded a certificate as the best student in Technology and he wants to be a medical doctor after the completion of grade twelve. We were very impressed by this young man’s’ determinations The project assisted Jabu by building a new shack because the old one got burnt when he was in school.
Mhlanga Family (not their real name)
This is a family of eight members who used to stay in a one roomed shack before the intervention of Rorisang project with the assistance from SACBC AIDS Office shelter funding. The head of the family is the Aunt with two children; there are also five orphaned children of the Aunt’s late sister. Of the five orphaned children four are HIV positive. The only source of income for this family is the foster care grant of the two orphaned children. The other three children do not receive grants because they do not have birth certificates. The project assisted the Mhlanga family by extending the one roomed shack to a two roomed shack with windows, putting down a slab . The family also received the kitchen utensils such as two plate electric stove, plates, cups and pots.
Motaung’s Family (not their real name)
They are five members of the family living in a two roomed shack and headed by a nineteen year old girl who is a mother of one. Her siblings are from twelve to eighteen years old and they are only two who are attending school, twelve and fourteen year old girls. The seventeen year old boy plays truant from school and is under performing. The eighteen year old sister is pregnant and also not attending school. The only source of income is the social grant amounting to R280. The project assisted by extending the shack, repairing windows and plastering the floor.
Pula family (not their real name)
The Pula family consists of six members, a guardian and five children living in a two roomed shack. The biological mother of these children is still alive but not staying with children and the father’s whereabouts is unknown. They are dependent on the foster care grant for an eleven year old boy who is HIV positive and the social granst of the other three children living with them. During the home visit it was brought to our attention that the care giver responsible for this family discovered that an 11 year old boy stayed eight months without receiving the treatment because his mother refused to give the Guardian the transport money to fetch the medication at Klerksdorp hospital. The project reported the incident to the social workers and the decision taken was to take the foster care card from the mother and give it to the guardian. The project assisted this family by repairing door, window and plastering the floor because the house they were staying in was a mud one.