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Klipfontein Mayibuye Ivory Park Rabie Ridge Phomolong

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21 October 2012

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lhokomela Sechaba i s a N o n Governmental Organization based in Ivory Park. The NGO was established around 1997 by nineteen veteran members. “We started as volunteers assisting the clinics with services for Tuberculosis (TB) through the Direct Observation Treatment Support, however when we started we could not take anymore members,” said Peter Mabena, project manager for Tlhokomela Sechaba. During the time of establishment, members of the organisation we trained to provide education in Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) and also to perform pre and post testing.The NGO currently serves nine clinics within region A and has five facilitato rs, who coordina t e support groups in those clinics. “We also o ff e r skills in gardenin g to help t h e commun i t y generate t h e i r o w n profits, furtherm ore – our counselors work in these clinics daily and encourage people who may be affected by any disease to join support groups,” emphasized Bertina Mokoto, the administrator of the NGO. Tlhokomelang Sechaba is home to 30 HIV Counseling and Testing (HCT), and two marshals who refer patients to the relevant institutions. The organisation's successes include having groomed six of their

members who now serve at local government. “We have also introduced a project (Jozi Ihlomile) last year which is run by our various sub managers. We introduced this project because the rates of teenage pregnancies are unsettling. We performed a research in high schools and concluded that the issues of youth are both in their outside environments and within the school” Jozi ihlomile Mogafe Chueu is a sub manager in the project in the area greater of Midrand. “Through this project, we do door to door education and we search and identify problems that need to be dealt with,” she said. “We educate the community in HIV, TB and other chronic diseases that affect them. At certain times we find people who do not have identity docume nts and birth certifica te, and it is even harder for them to get employ ment. So we refer them to t h e Depart ment of Social Services and the Department of HomeAffairs.” “ We a l s o r e g i s t e r everyone in the community, from property owners to their renters. We are then able to open files for them on the streets and then they can be referred easily into the clinic,” added Chueu. The program began from 2005 and it has been operating fully since then. The NGOs faces funding challenges that could enable them to provide the services

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they offer. Even though they are funded by the Department of Health, the financing is not enough for them to acquire the resources they need. Their achievements have been the partnership with government and also being able to retain their membership of the organisation. Furthermore, the organisation would like to improve on their communication channels and finances.

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