Programmes and Beneficiaries
Each year, we provide support to about 7000 children, youth, and adults. We focus on:
HIV/AIDS & Bereavement Program
This programme focuses on children, youth and adults who are infected and/or affected by HIV/AIDS.
Ekupholeni provides individual and group counseling to infected children, youth and adults; individual and group bereavement counseling for affected children, youth and adults; psychosocial and material support for child-headed households; psychosocial support for health workers in the HIV field; intensive programs for bereaved primary school children; community healing services; etc.
The program also aims to prevent the spread of HIV by raising awareness about the virus and educating the community about how the virus works, how it is spread, how to avoid exposure, how to avoid infecting newborns, how to take ARVs, when to use post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP), etc.
Gender-based Violence Program
The Gender team provides much needed psycho social support to survivors of rape, sexual assault and domestic violence from their base at the Thelle Mogoerane Thuthuzela Care Centre, which is one of the busiest in the country.
Every month we see about 100 new rape victims, about 60% of whom are children. We provide immediate containment, ongoing individual counseling, and long-term in-depth group counseling. As part of the multi-stakeholder Thuthuzela Care Centre, we act as victim advocates, assisting clients to lay charges against perpetrators, familiarizing them with legal terms, and accompanying them to court.
We also do intensive counseling with children who are sexually abusing other children, often as a result of having been abused themselves. We encourage legal action against abusers and as part of this commitment, run court preparation workshops with caregivers of sexually abused children and youth and do individual court preparation with the children and youth.
The program also aims to prevent gender violence by raising awareness about domestic violence (Domestic Violence Campaign), inappropriate sexual behavior (Don’t You Touch Campaign), and child protection (Children’s Rights Campaign).
Social Crime Prevention Programme
This programme focuses on children and youth with behavior problems, some of whom are on over the edge of crime, at risk of dropping out of school, contracting HIV/AIDS, or falling pregnant.
We work closely with parents and caregivers of these children, running workshops to give them parenting skills and planning outings to encourage bonding. We transition many of our children from individual and group counseling into life skills intervention groups aimed to keep children and youth on a healthy life path.
Across all of these programs, we run economic empowerment and skills development projects, to encourage positive self-image and long term self-sustainability.
Our Phambili Programme is for our clients who have no income and little or no chance to enter the open labor market due to trauma, low literacy, lack of qualifications, and lack of start-up capital. They are provided with skills in commercial arts / craft, basic business management and upon successful completion of their training, they receive seed funding to start small businesses. We then mentor them to ensure that their small businesses thrive.
Kick Start Programme
Our Kick Start Programme assists youths by offering career counseling and advice, assisting with job placement, and facilitating placement at training centers and universities. Involving youth in positive economic empowerment is vital for a community like Katorus where youth can easily be lured to crime due to chronic poverty and limited legitimate socio-economic mobility opportunities.