Ethembeni was established by the Howick Community Church in November 2000 as a social outreach programme in the township of Mpophomeni, about 12kms outside the town Howick in the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands. Today, this outreach has developed into an independent, registered non-profit organisation with programmes aimed at caring for sick and vulnerable adults and children affected and infected by HIV & AIDS.NPO Registration Number: 032-733 NPO
As a non-profit organisation, Ethembeni is largely dependent on outside funding. In an effort to improve the sustainability of the organisations, a number of initiatives have been established. These include:
Linking with local businesses to establish BEE partnerships, we have a number of enterprise and skills development initiatives such as the Jumpstart program with Mr Price where we do job readiness training. (read more here)
Becoming an Associate of Learn to Earn so that relevant training for the unemployed through projects like Bake for Profit, can provide hope to those living in the KZN Midlands"
We also offer:
With 4 beds offering 24/7 care for seriously ill HIV/Aids affected patients
Family support teams: 1 Ethembeni carer and 1 volunteer with just one manager overseeing this programme.
Home based visits which include food, clothing and general support
Perinatal group – which includes preparing to have the baby, follow up care and check ups and a support group
Clinic – run weekly with a volunteer doctor and is for the community not just Ethembeni families
Approx 80 children from teenage run households are given the incentive to and chane to give the opportunity for teenagers to continue with school while they leave small ones at centre for upto 5 days a week. At lunchtime ALL get cooked meal followed by supervised homework and then go home with sandwiches for supper. Clothing support is offered and at times school fee support with social worker support.
Computer centre – learner teenager programme and staff learning
Training facilities – small (20 – 30 people) used to facilitate different training projects
Winter warmth drive – yearly in May requesting support from our local commuity for blankets and warm clothing.
Have a look at this link for even more inoformation: www.ethembeni.co.za/sustainability/
First 1000 day programme
This programme is aimed at the first 1000 days of life and therefore focuses on the start of a womans pregnancy until her childs second birthday. We work closely with the Mpophomeni and Howick clinic engaging with these Moms and supporting and educating them about pregnancy, birth and motherhood.
We often deal with very vulnerable Moms and are always in need of baby clothes and products to help support them.
Our Family Centre in Mpophomeni work with 50 to 60 children per day. Offering them assistance with homework, extra English, maths and science. This is a wonderful programme offering love and support to these vulnerable children in our society.
We are able to assist some of these children with a small food parcel and sometimes some toiletries.
Family Support and TB Programme
This program is operating on a volunteer basis. We run support groups focusing on discipleship and adherence to medication. We do home visits with some food support where possible to assist these families.
Ethembeni relies on donations from the community if you feel you can assist in any way please look at our website on www.ethembeni.co.za or contact Gail Louw on 033-3305384 or firstname.lastname@example.org