Jamra primary scholl for children affected by HIV/AIDS, drugs or poverty, Senegal (c) Nell Freeman/Alliance Participants in the Photovioce project, Ecuador © Marcela Nievas for the Alliance
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Community caregivers graduate in South Africa

23
APR
2012

The community caregivers pose with their certificates (c) Aids Alliance

30 March saw the graduation of 101 learners who have successfully completed the accredited Thogomelo programme for community caregivers in South Africa.

The Department of Social Development in partnership with USAID awarded certificates to community caregivers who have successfully completed the accredited Thogomelo ‘Psychosocial Support and Child Protection Skills Development Program for Community Caregivers’. The Alliance is one of the Thogomelo project’s three implementing partners, along with PATH and Health and Development Africa.

Thogomelo offers South Africa’s first accredited training in psychosocial support and child protection for community caregivers. It aims to improve the quality of care and protection of children who have been made vulnerable by HIV, poverty, abuse, neglect and exploitation.  'Thogomelo' is a Tshivenda word meaning 'to care for'.

Speaking at the graduation ceremony Southern Africa Deputy Mission Director, Ms Cathy Moore commented “It is my honour to present this first group of learners with their certificates of verification and wish them continued strength in the important task of caring for South Africa’s children and their caregivers.”

She went on to say, “I wish the Thogomelo consortium partners, PATH, HDA and the International HIV/AIDS Alliance every success with it activities over the remaining two years of the project.”

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