The Family Africa
The Family Africa is a faith based organisation bringing real hope for the future to thousands of people from previously disadvantaged groups in South Africa.
The Family Africa is a Non Profit Organisation (040-430) registered with the South African Department of Social Development with P.B.O. status (No. 930-034-345) which means it is tax exempt. The Family Africa was granted consultancy status with the United Nations (Eco Soc) in 2009.
The Family Africa also acts as an umbrella organisation for other targeted, likeminded and effective organisations throughout Africa, including Madagascar, Uganda, Kenya, Nigeria and the Congo.
The Family Africa Free Day Care Centre for the children of HIV positive women and AIDS orphans
We are running a completely free day care centre for the pre school children of our HIV positive mothers as well as AIDS orphans. The children receive two nutritious meals a day, a good education and health care. We believe this is an excellent way to offer community based support to HIV positive women and also to the grandparents who are left caring for the orphans once the parents have died of AIDS. It is impossible to build enough orphanages in Africa because of the sheer numbers but also because in many way children are best raised within their own extended family,culture and community whenever possible. Community based Free Day centres like The Family Africa’s give the support that struggling extended family membersneed to continue caring for the orphans. Additionally we provide breakfast for other orphans who are attending government school but who would otherwise face the school day hungry.
HIV/AIDS School programmes
Interactive programmes for Primary and Secondary Schools using music and drama and encouraging active student participation.
The programmes are an audio visual extravaganza covering the basics of HIV/AIDS education through a dramatic fast moving show. It includes nformation on how the learners can protect themselves, destroys the many myths which surround HIV/AIDS and promotes a positive response to people living with AIDS from a Christian perspective.
The teenage programme includes a drama called Captain Condom which hits teenage sexual relationships and head on in an unforgettable way The desperate need for this form of education is underlined by the fact that, sadly, in some of the schools where we run this programme there are pregnant girls as young as 11 years old.
A new addition to the show is an anti drug song emphasising how drugs and alcohol are important factors which hinder wise decision making.
For primary schools: Although much of the material covered is the same as in the secondary school programme, the direct approach to sexuality is replaced by a Stranger Danger section and how to get help if close friends and relatives are behaving inappropriately towards the children. Puppets are used effectively to tackle these highly sensitive topics. Poster and essay competitions (with prizes) are used as a follow up tool to reinforce learning and to ensure the students have grasped the basics of the programmes We have received excellent feedback from students and staff through out the country.
We also take the programme on the road around South Africa and into surrounding African countries of Namibia and Zambia and the programmes has been translated in Portuguese and conducted in Mozambique.
*Beneficiaries: 40,000 students so far.