Early Childhood Development
Fikelela’s vision and mission is to mobilize the Anglican Community to make a sustained positive contribution to the reduction of the number of new HIV infections and to drive HIV and Aids education and care in partnership with others.
Fikelela interacts with all participating parishes in very different ways, depending on the community or the needs that arises. Parishes are advised to focus on a specific need that is problematic within their Church: teenage pregnancy, substance abuse, alcoholism, violence, or HIV & Aids.
Fikelela Children’s Centre
Based in Khayelitsha, the Children’s Centre currently cares for 26 orphaned, abandoned, vulnerable, neglected or HIV-positive children. This is the flagship of the organisation. Ongoing support, care and love is always needed for the centre. One of the biggest highlights for us this year was the registration of the children centre with social services.
Based in Ottery, Heaven’s Nest operates in partnership with St Francis’ Parish of Strandfontein. It currently has 10 children within the centre, also very proud moments and they do need your ongoing support, care and love. Both our children centres have been blessed with a donation from national lottery and we have purchased two vehicles for transporting our children.
Overstrand Care Centre
The Revd Pamela Parenzee at the Parish of St Andrew’s Hawston inititated a hospice in the community linked to the church. HOPE Africa, with the assistance of international donors, has been able to assist this home for the terminally ill to grow, and allow loved ones a peaceful place to rest and others a home to die with dignity. The hospice operates with a group of care-givers who look after the sick and work in the kitchens. The hospice recently received funds for a sustainable food garden to grow nutritional vegetables for the meals. Funds have also been made available for a computer and kitchen appliances.
We currently have more than 75 Parishes who have been trained to implement this sexuality manual. Fikelela’s recent research has shown that levels of sexual activity amongst young people is extremely high. This has led to a new programme for 2006, Peer Educators, which would be implemented in three pilot churches early next year. Fikelela cultivates a strong sense of “caring network” and tries to strengthen this by including all types of ministries.
Funding was received from the Scottish Episcopal Church to implement a skills development programme with the community of Lwandle using St Mary’s as a base. Numerous workshops were facilitated to identify development priorities within the area. A second funding grant was received to assist the church in the development of the church as a multi-purpose centre for skills development training. Trainees have recently completed marimba and micro-MBA courses.
There are two computer centres within the diocese. One is situated at the Bishop’s Office in Somerset West and another centre was recently opened at St Andrew’s Ceres. Somerset West is able to accommodate 12 students per course. There are 5 courses per year and students can register with HOPE Africa. Ceres is able to accommodate 8 students per course, registration can be done at the parish.
The Faith Based Alliance for Social Development in the Western Cape is a Section 21 Company which aims to empower the poor communities to implement programmes focused at social transformation, through poverty alleviation and eradication, in partnership with the National Government. The concept behind this programme is underpinned by the principle of sustainability and partnerships.
The food security and stability programme has been designed to fulfil one of National Government’s requirements, which is outlined in the poverty programme of the creation of a food production cluster. Clusters exist in the following areas: Grabouw, Genadendal/Greyton, Ceres/Tulbach, Robertson/Mcgregor/Nqubela and Zweletemba. The Anglican churches in these communities are very involved in the programme.
Mzamomhle Beading Group (Income Generating)
This is a skills development and income-generating project. The group produces HIV/Aids badges, which H.O.P.E Africa assists with marketing at the University of Albany (USA) who is co-coordinating the campaign of SAVE AFRICA FROM AIDS and also marketing it in Anglican parishes in Canada. Many parishes in the Dioceses have also supported by purchasing badges. The group recently underwent advance beading training and graduated in November 2005.
Small Business Training
Godfrey Ntakana is a twenty four-year old entrepreneur from Zwelihle in Hermanus in the Overberg region in the Western Cape. He formed part of a group that attended the Micro-MBA training that took place in Hawston late last year.
Godfrey decided to take the course as he felt that he needed to expand his knowledge on how to run a business. Not only was he one of the few that already had a business (painting ostrich eggs as well as crocodile jaw bones and teeth) but he had a good idea of what he wanted to do next.
Since the completion of the course he has managed to save up enough money to open a small take-away stand in Zwelihle aptly named Guffy’s Kitchen (Guffy is his nickname). The main target groups that he has identified are the children that attend the local primary school as well as individuals that wait for public transport.
Some of the items on his take-away menu are chicken and chips (fries) as well as delicious home-made doughnuts.
Arniston Chalet and Conference Centre
With the assistance of funding from Provincial Government, HOPE Africa facilitated the Basic Computer Literacy Course with 13 participants from the community, which ended with an exciting graduation ceremony in the newly built hall. The computers allocated to this project are available for use by the community at a nominal rate to promote an ongoing access to information. Another exciting development is the development of the Arniston website. This website promotes the fishing community of Kassiesbaai and the progress of the project in Waenhuiskrans.
The funding also provided three community members with the opportunity to complete a Tour Guide Training course through the Tourist Guide Institute in Bellville.
For more information go to the website: www.arniston.net