Art classes for children in Thaba Nchu

Art classes for children in Thaba Nchu

Batho ba lerato in Thaba Nchu in the Archdiocese of Bloemfontein provided an update into some of its activities during February

Clinical nutritional support:- We invited a professional nurse to educate parents and guardians, especially those who live with children who are HIV positive, about  educational nutritional support.

Child protection:- We help guardians who have concerns about their foster children and referred them to World Vision for a workshop and training. We also invited the Department of Home Affairs concerning children from Lesotho who have completed matric / Grade 12, and can’t continue with education.

HIV prevention education:- We have assisted 10 boys from the age of 15yrs to 18yrs with male circumcision at Botshabelo hospital, and another 16 children from the age of 5yrs to 12yrs for VCT as they had TB symptoms and were missing classes. Another 16 children between the age of 14yrs and 18yrs old attended the workshop on adherence behaviour at Siyathokoza, Peer educators continue with their research on HIV and AIDS and other issues that challenge youth.  They can now present at schools and at workshops on HIV and AIDS.

Educational support:- We have introduced an Art class which 10 children from the age of 14yrs have attended, and we are willing to have more children who will be drawing and practicing art.

Household Economic Strengthening: Five households received seeds to plant in their own gardens, and it has been monitored well. Society groups meet weekly to see progress on their meetings and growth.

Psychological care:- Ten children between the age of 5yrs and18yrs were referred to Bloemfontein clinic at the psychological observation session, as the children were not coping well in class.