November has seen the roll out of self testing for HIV infection. In order to introduce this in the community the chiefs of the villages in the catchment area of Likulezi were invited to an instruction session conducted by health personnel.
If the chiefs get instruction first about any new developments then it is more likely that the idea will be accepted in their villages.
Chiefs at HIV self testing instruction.
Community Groups at work
Workshops were conducted throughout the month with several of the community groups. These 3 day sessions include AID's education, Home Care, capacity building and small business training.
Group discussion at workshop.
To Plant or not to plant ?
People are getting their fields ready for planting. Usually they plant when the 2nd rains come, but in latter years this is difficult to predict as the rains are not in the same pattern as they used to be (due to climate change) so now they have to take a big risk and pray that they have chosen the right time.
So good luck to all our volunteers and beneficiaries! for without a harvest there will be Hunger...
Some of the students awaiting sponsorship for secondery school..
September update at Likulezi !
September at Likulezi is mostly concerned with launching the Orphan programme for another year.
September is here and its back to school time! The schools are open again and so we are trying to
get all of our orphans and vulnerable children sponsored for the year. We would be most grateful for
any help we can get. Sponsorship costs 60 euro per year or 5 euro per month. The orphan
Programme can be viewed under Orphan Sponsorship. Sponsorship can be paid via our paypal
button or bank account.
So we are happy to report that we have already been able to pay the fees for the Form 4 students in
secondary school…. The rest can be paid later. It is quite an achievement for a child to get as far as
Form 4 given the poverty stricken environment in which they live .This is the last year in secondary
school and so it is our hope that these students can progress to some sort of 3 rd level (if funding
allows of course !)
Orphan Guardian Training
Trainings were held for all the guardians of Orphans in Orphan Care, Agriculture, Permaculture and
Meeting combining Orphans and Guradians
The annual meeting for Orphans and Guardians was held in preparation for the launch of the Orphan
Programme for the year. Guradians and orphans were encouraged to keep in school so that they
have a chance of going on to 3 rd level or gaining employment later.
The Library is being restocked with the books for the school curriculum and a selection of novels not
to mention a copy of a weekly newspaper through the very generous donation given annually by Dr.
Cathy Younger Lewis ( Canada).
Chess club is becoming very popular for students and members of the community.
We now have 5000 tree seedlings and more to come in the nursery being cared for until distribution
to the villages in December/January.