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  • Mandela Day | The Family International
    volunteered and experienced the day with us many making commitments to help more in the future We not only distributed clothes and shoes but also served all 350 children a hot meal and snack food and played games in addition to our normal program A company donated over 800 kilos of mielie meal a staple food here and nearly 70 cans of beans which will feed many more mouths in the next few weeks Some of the neediest children who arrived in rags and holey shoes received a complete makeover from head to toe much to their delight We then took 23 of the teenagers back to our residential training centre and had Bible classes played volley ball and taught the girls how to do a hip hop dance which they loved Then we kitted them all out with T shirts and toiletries The following week we heard that a radio station had collected clothes on Mandela Day in Mandela Square Johannesburg We phoned them and told them about our work and they asked us to come immediately to collect the items they had received It took a few trips to pick up all the shoes blankets and clothing it was thousands and thousands of items We distributed these items to well over 100 adults living with TB and HIV as they are a particularly needy group especially in the winter when they really feel the cold We also gave them all a hot meal and used the opportunity to explain about our support groups so that they can benefit on the long term The following day our Gogo Grandmother Club members benefitted from the warm clothing we gave them These women look after their grandchildren because their daughters have died of AIDS They really need and deserve our help

    Original URL path: http://www.thefamilyinternational.org/en/work/africa/south-africa/articles/2011/237/ (2016-02-15)
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  • HIV programs | The Family International
    6 and 7 learners and educators were pleasantly surprised when they were treated to vibrant and energetic display Learners of this age group need to be made aware of the dangers of life today and the way in which you did so was certainly a worthwhile experience You put across the message that there is in fact real hope for the future The actors explained the HIV AIDS phenomenon through

    Original URL path: http://www.thefamilyinternational.org/en/work/africa/south-africa/articles/2011/236/ (2016-02-15)
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  • Food Distribution | The Family International
    a thousand different families from the townships as well as to hundreds of patients suffering from HIV AIDS and TB With over 10 000 kilos of grain to give to those in need there was more than enough to also donate substantial amounts to 13 centres and soup kitchens as well as thousands of individuals Some Thank You Letters Thank you for your kind donation We truly acknowledge the endowment of food samp and beans that you and the Lions International organised for children at Baphumelele Children s Home Your contribution will definitely make a huge difference to each and every child We must say that the food has come at a right time when we truly needed it this Easter will be a very special one for the children We thank you very much and may God bless you in every area of your work Your contribution will help us save the young innocent children whose lives have all been impacted by the HIV AIDS pandemic rampaging in our country they are orphans or they have been abandoned by dying parents they have been dumped as little babies or they are HIV positive themselves One way or another they

    Original URL path: http://www.thefamilyinternational.org/en/work/africa/south-africa/articles/2009/136/ (2016-02-15)
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  • Mother and Baby Support Group Highlights | The Family International
    mouth and cannot afford to buy a whole packet at a time Others chose cleaning supplies We provide the supplies in large containers at a good price and then the women decant them into soft drink bottles so that they can make a small profit on each sale The women are then responsible to return the cost price to reorder their products Barbara our chairperson is very careful with the accounting to ensure that money is rolled over for the next month We supplied all the women with calculators and receipt books to help them keep track of their profit margins and sales As you would expect some women do better than others They are learning how to handle their accounts and make progress with their micro businesses Even those who have not been so successful have learnt important lessons from the experience It has been an education for everyone as important life skills are learned and when successful it is a sustainable project which empowers and enhances the lives of the women and their families The Mother s Club Crèche and Counselling Centre Our converted container is in place and is already in use for our Sunday Club It gives a place to hold the meetings when it rains which has happened a great deal recently as well as to store sports and other equipment for the club We are working on building an office for the counselling centre and completing the necessary improvements for the Mother s Club crèche childcare center which will be a free of charge crèche run by the HIV positive mothers themselves Facing the future with dignity While not a subject that most of us like to think about having a proper funeral plan for the Mother s Club has long been on our

    Original URL path: http://www.thefamilyinternational.org/en/work/africa/south-africa/articles/2008/147/ (2016-02-15)
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  • Mother and Baby Support Group | The Family International
    education to help protect their health and to improve the babies chances of being HIV negative Spiritual counseling as having hope is vital and it is well documented that it generally leads to patients living longer Basic skills training such as knitting and sewing to help generate a sustainable income Assistance in building happy experiences and memories An important aspect of our work is to promote short term and long term goals and also to provide positive experiences for the mothers and their babies This is accomplished by activities such as monthly birthday parties excursions and projects such as tree planting Help with obtaining government grants One of our associates guides the applicants through the process by helping them to obtain the necessary paperwork such as affidavits and ID and directs them to the correct government offices where they can obtain further support To those who have TB and are HIV positive we provide Nutritious food parcels which make a marked difference in the individual s health Basic skills training such as knitting sewing Vegetable gardening including learning how to grow vegetables for their own consumption This has both nutritional and therapeutic value Literacy classes Help with obtaining government grants

    Original URL path: http://www.thefamilyinternational.org/en/work/africa/south-africa/articles/2008/67/ (2016-02-15)
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  • Project Hope | The Family International
    in HIV AIDS infection prevention HIV AIDS awareness seminars Counseling Conflict resolution Collecting and distributing nutritional food items to AIDS affected households Assistance to the orphans of the Khulani Kahle Children s Home Donating vegetable tunnels to various rural area children s homes and schools Religious publishing Educational awareness for the non AIDS sector In our publications and conversations with business people and potential donors we strive to emphasize the

    Original URL path: http://www.thefamilyinternational.org/en/work/africa/south-africa/articles/2008/66/ (2016-02-15)
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  • More on Steps to Education | The Family International
    started in 2006 Steps to Education addresses the urgent need in our modern society to reinforce positive values in children helping educators and parents to take education beyond just academics providing moral and character building material for their training Due to today s predominant number of households in which both parents work there is a dramatic decline in moral teaching in the home because parents just don t have the time Thus public schools are left with the monumental task of supplying this training for the children Upon visiting the schools and hearing from the principals and teachers about the many problems they now face because of the deterioration of moral values at home we were happy to hear that the STEPS Programme and our other books videos and tapes have been very helpful to them Teachers who used the STEPS Programme were so encouraged by the results with their children that they helped us produce a promotional documentary about the programme and its benefits We were able to supply over 300 schools with the Family International s character building books and educational resources making a difference in the lives of over 150 000 children We regularly attend the monthly

    Original URL path: http://www.thefamilyinternational.org/en/work/africa/south-africa/articles/2008/65/ (2016-02-15)
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  • Love in Action versus Xenophobia – No competition! | The Family International
    area to house the victims of the xenophobia attacks that were happening here and we were first on the scene to help Surrounded by thick and high barbed wire the camp is somewhat depressing We assessed the needs and worked to deliver 120 blankets clothes and toiletries We noticed early on in our visits that the children were playing in a rubbish skip dumpster as there were no other facilities We made a plan and went to work Our response team mainly made up of our teenage volunteers loaded into the minibus with play equipment for the camp When we arrived we asked where we should set up the play area we were told that the children had a play tent but that it was completely empty Children rushed around us in excitement as they watched our team set up their tables and chairs and begin face painting the children Our young volunteers are experts with their face paints and are in big demand for corporate functions but these amazing girls are also used to working in squatter camps and setting up just about anywhere They do a wonderful job painting arms and faces and they always remain patient however long the queues may be We then unloaded the sand pit complete with sand and toys and set out the giant building blocks and the seesaws There was a mad rush for the toys as by this time the children had been in the camp for some time with no play equipment whatsoever We organised races for the children and the winners all received prizes of packets of sweets Of course we also gave all of the contestants prizes because it really is not possible to turn away sad little faces Next we set up a cricket game much to

    Original URL path: http://www.thefamilyinternational.org/en/work/africa/south-africa/articles/2008/141/ (2016-02-15)
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