HIV Prevention Programme

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iThemba Lethu implements a 5 year Life Skills intervention with youth (aged 10 – 18 years old) in the local schools of Cato Manor, eThekwini, Kwa-Zulu Natal,  as an alternative strategy to reduce HIV infections, through reducing risk taking behavior

The 2017 Implementation Plan:

School
Youth Workers
Cycle
Duration of Cycle
Grade
Boys
Girls
Approx. no of Learners
Cato Crest Primary
Sindi & Mlu
9
2017 – 2022
5
108
104
212
Mayville Primary
Nonku & Zukile
8
2016 – 2020
6
55
68
118
Nsimbini Primary
Nonto & tbc
7
2015 – 2019
7
56
58
114
Cato Crest Primary
Lindo & Bonga
7
2015 – 2019
7
125
220
Umkhumbane Secondary
Khetiwe & Fafa
6
2014 – 2018
8
118
127
245
Umkhumbane Secondary
Lineo & Mhlengi
5
2013 – 2017
9
135
118
253
Mayville Secondary
Sena & Sakhile
5
2013 – 2017
9
95
128
223
Wiggins Secondary
Sli & Nka
5
2013 – 2017
9
148
117
265
Total:  Beneficiaries
4 Cycles
4 Grades
1,650
The core catalyst for long term behavioral change is the realisation of one’s own self worth/value and true potential/destiny. This provides a backdrop against which HIV/AIDS education can then have a positive effect on the longevity of their lifestyle and risk taking behavior, so  that youth understand:
  • I understand I am valuable
  • So I feel more hopeful about my future
  • I make wiser decisions about my body, mind and life
  • Which means I reduce my risky taking behavior (sex, drugs and wild parties)
  • Which decreases my chance of HIV infection

This intervention is implemented through the Life Orientation lesson in the school timetable and our curriculum has been endorsed by the Department of Education.

Activities used to impact learners is as follows:

  • 1.5 hours per week in the classroom using our HIV Prevention curriculum
  • 1 hour per week outdoor activities (arts, crafts and drama) Youth Club to reiterate the values learned in the class that week
  • 5 x One on one counseling sessions per week whereby each child/learner has the opportunity to raise personal concerns and issues they are experiencing at school/home and other. External support/referrals can be provided
  • Bi annual Holiday Clubs (edutainment) hosted in June and December to reiterate values/lessons taught throughout the year
  • Leadership Development – 35 peer to peer role models are selected for their impact and influence over their peers and communities. They meet weekly and go on an Annual Leadership Camp in September

What learners say about iThemba Lethu:

To ensure the sustainability of this behavioural change at home, the programme an additional focus area to equip their parents/caregivers to support the positive changes in their child/children in order to create a more safe and loving home environment.

This is done through:

  • One on one home visits by our Parent Worker teams to introduce themselves and assist with socio-economic and emotional needs of the family. We refer related services to our safety network of service providers and other relevant NGO’s working in the community
  • Parent Workshops – we host 10 x workshops per year to educate, empower and inspire the parents/caregivers on their own value and destiny for a more optimistic and positive future

 

How You Can Help

Donations

You can help us reach our fundraising target of ZAR 3,307,670.00 for the HIV Prevention Programme, Family Integration Programme and Breastmilk Bank.

OR donate via other means.

Volunteer Work

Are you interested in becoming a volunteer? We welcome both part-time and full-time volunteers to help at the transition home.

Milk Donations

If you are breastfeeding your own baby, you can become a breastmilk donor.