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Inkanyezi HIV/AIDs Project

Orange Farm is a sprawling informal settlement, to the south of Soweto. The Inkanyezi HIV/AIDs project was set up there  in January 2001 with the hope of helping the growing number of HIV/AIDS adults and orphans there.

The project is made up of young volunteers between 18 and 30 who are otherwise unemployed. They are trained in home-based care, basic counselling, and the giving of workshops to school children between the ages of 10 and 15. They care for HIV/AIDS patients in their homes, accompany them to clinics when necessary, and counsel patients and their immediate families on how best to deal with their heart-breaking situation.

Thulumntwana informal settlement, Orange Farm

Sr. Dolores Cox works with the Inkanyezi volunteers. Through her, Soweto Connection have provided urgent help to children of HIV/AIDS sufferers in the Thulumntwana informal settlement on the southern outskirts of Orange Farm. This help includes providing meals, other basic necessities and access to schooling.

Soweto Connection has been providing financial support to Sr Dolores and the Inkanyezi HIV/AIDS Project since 2004. This money has gone to provide for children affected by the AIDS pandemic and their families, and to support volunteers in the Thulumtwana settlement.

In 2010 Sr Dolores wrote:

The children get very little food during the school holidays which here in South Africa are from early December to mid-January. They are having an end of the year party for the children on the 2nd December, so I am hoping with your wonderful donation to provide some special food with what they would be given and also to give each child a shopping bag (which parents need, or they will have to pay for plastic bags) with much needed food for their families for the holidays. I will be getting the basic necessities and am hoping the stores will help by giving the food to me at a good price. 

This is just one of the many events in Thulumntwana that we have been able to support financially. Over the years we have also

Soweto Connection raises funds in Ireland for South African community-based groups that are working with people affected by HIV/AIDS. The money collected makes urgent treatment available to HIV/AIDS patients, provides home-based care to sufferers, and assists in HIV/AIDS prevention services.

All donations are gratefully accepted, and all money goes directly to helping AIDs victims and their families.