Caring with the Community – (formerly Sinosizo, Kokstad)
Registration No: 046-768-NPO
Yondlabantu – Kokstad is a diocesan initiative which employs and trains members of the communities, some of whom are themselves sick and poor, to deliver a range of services to meet the need of the area. It has been set up on a non-denominational basis in its management committee, its staff and its target groups amongst the poor and the sick. It aims to support the statutory problems. The number of professionally trained staff available to perform this work in the community is not readily available, making it necessary for NGO’s such as Yondlabantu to contribute to the services. It thus becomes possible to offer employment and training to local people who, ordinarily, would have little prospect of alternative employment. For the past nine years Yondlabantu has trained hundreds of local people, mainly housewives, as volunteers to care for their community members who are ill and children who are vulnerable. In doing this, they are assisting the Department of Health and Social Welfare in caring for people. An enormous amount of work has already been done. There is an extensive contact with the population having many centres in our area.
1. HOME-BASED-CARE (HBC)
Dividing the area into three regions being Central (KwaZulu Natal Province and Eastern Cape Province), Maluti (Eastern Cape Province) and Flagstaff (Eastern Cape Province), each with a regional manager, members of the community, trained to care for the sick in their homes, are recruited from within the communities they serve. Some patients have difficulty walking due to swollen feet or some other disease and cannot go to hospitals to receive treatment as the areas where they live are too remote and many times financial constraints come into effect. Yondlabantu services also includes paying for the transportation and accompaniment of these patients to hospitals should the need arise. Where possible Yondlabantu helps with the distribution of food parcels especially in cases where there is no income in families.
Yondlabantu currently has 35 Home based carers employed looking after 1207 patients. (The number of patients increases on a monthly basis).
2. ORPHANS AND VULNERABLE CHILDREN (OVC)
Families and guardians of orphan children and the children of seriously ill parents are offered home support in order to keep the children with families in their own communities, when this is possible. Where children have been registered and are in receipt of government grant, help is offered to settle the child in the new home, to ensure the appropriate standard of shelter and sustenance and to support and oversee regular attendance at school and participation in community activities. From our experience many children are left orphaned without any birth certificates and every effort is made in providing them the opportunity for a late registration of birth in liaison with the statutory authorities. This task is also undertaken on behalf of children who have become vulnerable as a result of the illness of a parent. Psycho Social Support is also offered to children who have been traumatized by these circumstances. Yondlabantu currently has 65 OVC carers employed looking after 2799 orphans and vulnerable children.
3. ARV-CLINIC SUPPORT SERVICE
Yondlabantu care workers identify and refer patients to clinics in their local hospital and receive referrals from these clinics for home based care. In doing so they provide information, arrange attendance at the local hospital, arrange transport when necessary, and provide general support services as required. In carrying out these functions, the workers are supported by nursing staff, particularly when illness has progressed to a critical stage. As it is, hospitals are overcrowded and infected patients are given treatment and sent home. Our caregivers attend to these cases by ensuring that patients are taking their treatment regularly and that they don’t default. In this way hospitals are able to attend to more patients whilst receiving the help from our caregivers. We also offer food parcels to patients who are on treatment especially in cases where no food parcels are being received from hospital. It is not possible to take treatment when patients are starving hence the increase in defaulting patients.
Yondlabantu currently has 60 adherence monitors employed looking after 712 HIV/AIDS patients.
4. EDUCATION FOR LIFE PROGRAMME
Through this programme Yondlabatu undertakes to provide information and support to young people on a range of personal development issues, particularly those which will impact on building healthy and responsible relationships and avoiding HIV infection. It is aimed at a “behaviour change”. Three and five day programmes are held monthly in different areas and young people who have previously participated in the programme are engaged in co-presenting it to their peers. Communities and schools are targeted in order to maximize the number of young people contacted, and follow-up meetings and activities are organized in an attempt to sustain the impact of the programme.
Yondlabantu currently has 3 full-time youth co-ordinators employed to present workshops.
Our volunteers are overburdened, unemployed and their children are sick, yet they provide a most valuable service to the community. Ongoing training is needed to structure the work of Sinosizo and to make it possible to continue the invaluable work, but we need help. Our organization is well known by social workers and medical personnel in a joint effort to serve our people.
Yondlabatu books can be viewed at Hope Street, Kokstad, and we are available for interviews at any time.
Manager: Mrs Patricia Napier
Finance Officer : Mrs Patricia Simpson
- Kokstad (Central) Ms Nomvano Qwebeba
- Maluti (Western Region) Sr Annastasia
- Pondoland (Eastern Region) Mrs Lindelwa Mangisa
- Kokstad (Central) Thelma Giwu
- Maluti (Western Region) Mrs Anna Mbopheni
- Pondoland (Eastern Region) Kuthala Ngundze
ORPHANS & VULNERABLE CHILDREN
- Kokstad (Central) Nontsasa Matika
- Maluti (Western Region) Beauty Mjoli
- Pondoland (Eastern Region) Mrs Virginia Matikinca
EDUCATION FOR LIFE
Project Manager :
- Ms Nosisa Ngwadla
- Kokstad (Central) Nozibele Candlovu
- Maluti (Western Region) Ditlare Nthoba
- Pondoland (Eastern Region) Tobeka Madikizela