South Africa: Thogomelo Project
Building South Africa’s capacity to care for its community caregivers and protect vulnerable children.
An estimated 3.4 million South African children have lost one or both parents to AIDS. The burden of caring for vulnerable children exceeds the capacity of social services and lies with the community. Their caregivers – surviving parents, guardians, siblings, grandparents and neighbours face multiple challenges in caring for these vulnerable children.
The Alliance works in South Africa as part of a five year USAID funded project, ‘Thogomelo’, which means ‘to care’ in Venda. Thogomelo’s overall goal is to improve the care, support and protection of vulnerable children by increasing the knowledge, abilities and wellbeing of those responsible for them at the household and community level.
This is being done through implementing a nationwide accredited training project that enhances the capacity of caregivers to meet the challenges they face in caring for orphans and vulnerable children (OVC).
WHAT WE DO
Caring for caregivers
Thogomelo builds the capacity of community caregivers to protect their wellbeing, and enhance the quality of care and protection they provide to children and families. This tackles issues like burn out, fatigue and managing stress.
Thogomelo works with government and training service providers who in turn work with local communities, organisations and other important stakeholders to implement quality training programmes nationally.
The Alliance provides technical support to the five year USAID funded programme. Consortium partners are Program for Appropriate Technology in Health (PATH, prime) and Health and Development Africa (HDA, technical lead).
(Last updated December 2012, contact Rita Muyambo for more information)