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NO EXTRA COSTS INCURRED

ONLY CARE FOR AIDS ORPHANS IS NOT ENOUGH

“Very often people ask me if I get paid for my work; if I am compensated for my work or if the foundation pays for my expenses. The answer is: ‘No, no and no again’ It is volunteer work and it will remain so. At least 95% of the money entrusted to us by donation goes to the projects.”

“So no extra costs incurred. We also see to it that in the projects the money is spent in such a way that it benefits the target group. However, there are bank charges, for example, but that is more or less it. Trips to and stays in South Africa are paid for privately.”

Wil Groot

Since 2008 we have been active in the Transkei, in the area around Coffeebay. After closing 'Our Place' in Bloemfontein in 2011, we have even focused completely on this area. To achieve sustainable change here, only care for AIDS orphans is not enough. The ideal project combines four priority areas (see below). Our goal is that a place is created where the community is involved and that leads to structural improvements in the area. Such a project with the character of a 'village' we call a 'Rural Sustainability Centre'. There is now a first pilot project with such a 'Rural Sustainability Centre'

PRIORITY 1: THE CARE OF AIDS ORPHANS

PRIORITY 2: MEDICAL SUPPORT

speerpunt 1 In the rural (remote) areas the care of AIDS orphans by family is preferred. This is certainly preferred to the care in big homes. From children’s homes in big cities children are often transferred to other parts of the country. Wil Groot has regularly come across children from the Transkei living on the streets in Cape Town. If it is no longer possible for the family to take care of the children, a small home offers a solution, allowing children to stay in contact with their own culture.
speerpunt 1 It is obvious that HIV-infected are in need of medical care. Distances to hospitals are often too long. At the same time the knowledge about Aids is flawed. What to do, for example, in case of pregnancy and HIV? Support and awareness therefore have to go hand in hand. Mobile clinics take medical care closer to the population. Perhaps a new clinic may offer a solution. We encourage research in this direction.

PRIORITY 3: AGRICULTURE AND SELF-RELIANCE

PRIORITY 4: EDUCATION

speerpunt 1 The importance of good nutrition is certainly high for children growing up. Moreover, good nutrition is indispensable for people taking medication. Therefore a project without a vegetable garden is inconceivable for us. In order to make a project financially independent, more forms of self-reliance are needed, for example, a small shop. A project also ensures income for the Xhosa population, for example, through building activities, jobs like teacher or caretaker, or through activities like sewing or bead work.
speerpunt 1 Through education we can offer children chances for the future. Basic properties to do well at primary school are missing for toddlers. Setting up pre-schools is therefore important. Many institutes of primary and secondary education are in need of a good kitchen for school meals. But also setting up resource-centres with libraries, outside-school programs, health education and adult education can improve the level of education.