"Due to the epidemic of HIV/Aids in our community, we felt that there is a serious need of helping those who are suffering from HIV/Aids, and to provide for the orphans and vulnerable children”.

 

This week on the red couch we have an organization by the name Oratilwe, a non-profit organization based in Alra Park. Nigel.

 

 Oratilwe Organization Centre Reg. No: 057-571-NPO has been at the forefront of the struggle against HIV and Aids since its inception in 2007. Through availing internal and external resources which enable sustainable program aimed at nurturing the whole community at large.

 

"Due to the epidemic of HIV/Aids in our community, we felt that there is a serious need of helping those who are suffering from HIV/Aids, and to provide for the orphans and vulnerable children who are remaining behind when their parents pass away". Oratilwe The organization has 400+ beneficiaries in which they receive food parcels on a monthly basis especially for the child-headed families, provide with applications of ID applications and foster care grant and this is all funded by the Department of Social Development.

 

"We seek to be a commendable and reliable and fast-tracking device for community enrichment. The organization came as a quest for the community of Alra Park, to have an institution that will undesire the state of the community characterized by many social illnesses such as high rate of HIV infection, high rate of orphans due to Aids depression." We managed to speak to Lucy Ngwenya, the social worker who is charge of the beneficiaries. She monitors, and evaluates the activities of the project and makes sure that everything is done; it is done according to the business plan. “I motivate all our beneficiaries to live healthily, get tested of all infections and ensure that they understand what it means when found positive of any illness. Since I was a kid, I found joy in helping others so this inspired me to study with the aim of becoming a social worker. And I am very humbled and grateful that I got a job where I am able to serve in the community that I grew up in " The care givers and volunteers go into the community, door to door every single day, this enables the organization to be able to identify and assist those in need and those who are vulnerable. "

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Oratilwe Community Center has been growing at an unprecedented rate, which proves that as a service provider we are doing well for the benefit of our community and the services rendered are indeed needed in the area. We are committed towards working with the people in the fight against HIV and Aids, and more specifically in getting the community to participate in providing psychosocial support and solution to communities within the context of HIV and Aids." Also had a word with the project manager of Oratilwe, Christelle Malasamy. “Our mandate is to afford the people who are infected and affected by HIV and Aids the space they will not feel threatened by anyone and also provide the home where they will feel loved and cared for by other members of the community. Also having home-based care, that will address the challenges the infected and the affected orphaned and vulnerable children with their communities and to also reduce the stigma of HIV and Aids being an orphan or vulnerable child," she said. The organization also provides bereavement counseling and other counseling according to the needs identified. “Yes we are funded by the department of social development but only for a 100 food parcels on a monthly basis, which is not enough to cover all our beneficiaries as we have received quite an unprecedented increase rate of people in desperate need of our services as an organization and our goal is to be able to help each and every vulnerable person /family in our community. Our plead as an organization is be funded, to anyone out there who is able and willing to help, please do come through and partner with us on this journey to eradicate poverty and vulnerability in our community " said Christelle.

 

 By Bradley Brizzy | This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

To partner with Oratilwe Organization, you can visit them at : Achari, Mackenzieville, 1491 or contact them on E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Inquiries: 063 046 0310  

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