What is being done?
The Zisize Care Centre is operated by the diaconal commission of the Uniting Reformed Church in KwaZulu Natal. Their Home Based Care Project helps to alleviate the suffering of AIDS patients and their families. There are two committees of dedicated community volunteers each having close to 20 volunteers The Mkhiweni committee operates in a remote, dry rural area not well served by any health clinics. The Ithembalethu project is in a more densely populated rural area. In both, the volunteers visit the homes of AIDS patients, orphans, and other affected by the epidemic by offering basic help by bringing parcels of food, basic education, medication, and the hope of the Gospel. In a year they make over 5,000 visits and distribute over 3,000 food parcels.
Once a year both committees provide a community wide AIDS education/awareness campaign. AIDS continues to be a subject that is not talked about much, in spite of the public service announcements on the radio, television and bill boards. The rates of HIV transmission in this Zulu area continue to be the highest in Africa.
CRWRF is the only funder of the Zisize HBC projects, allowing for a coordinator to be paid and volunteers to receive a stipend.