The care workers on Makhathini flats are doing tremendously good work! These care workers, who were trained at ACAT (Africa Cooperation Action Trust) in Howick, are working as volunteers in their communities.
One of their focuses is to continually identify orphans who do not receive grants and serve them with food parcels. Currently there are about 140 identified orphans.
The care workers are also trained to care for sick people in their homes, and in doing so they educate the community in basic health care, trauma counselling and counselling for the dying. Most of their clients are HIV infected people or people who are suffering at home because of cancer.
They say that many people do not have food to eat and end up being very sick because they cannot use their tablets without eating something.
Mrs Mohale, one of the care workers, started two support groups at her house: one group is for elderly people who come together every Thursday to make canci’s (riet mats; the other group is for HIV infected people who are gathering together every Tuesday to make traditional clothes and souvenirs decorated with bead work.
They started to save money from their monthly grants and with this money they bought the beads. Nowadays they have enough money to buy beads because of the income they generate from selling their self-made products.
It is really inspiring to visit Mrs Mohale at her house while she is sharing her passion for supporting those who are suffering in her community.
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