Masoyi Home Based Care Project

Masoyi Home Based Care Project

Masoyi Home Based Care (MHBC) began as an urgent measure to respond to the effects of HIV/AIDS in 1997. There was a lack of basic knowledge of the pandemic, and this resulted in many untimely deaths, which in turn led to an increase in orphaned and vulnerable children in our community.

Dr. Hardman, a South Africa medical doctor who was working in all the clinics in the Masoyi community, saw that each time she referred patients to the hospital, there was no one to follow up these patients, and many were dying from ignorance of how to treat the disease, and from traditional beliefs.
Dr. Hardman contacted all the leaders in the community, from Church leaders to traditional leaders, with the result that a group of women decided to form a care group, Masoyi HBC, of which Florence Mbokazi was a member.

This group grew (and led to the formation of ACTS clinic, which treats people living with HIV/AIDS), and was initially led by Dr. Hardman. Later, it led to the formation of Hand at Work, headed by George Snyman. Florence Mbokazi continued to lead Masoyi Home Based Care.

Starting with basic patient care, further needs caused by the pandemic were identified, resulting in MHBC developing further programs such as:

Orphans and Vulnerable Children (OVC).

There were children who had stopped going to school because they were caring for their sick parents, or their siblings because their parents were too sick or had passed away and left babies. Some of the children would go without food because the bread winners were unable to provide food. Schools were chasing children for not paying school fees and other requirements for school. Some relatives would even abandon babies of infected parents, especially if those babies were also infected.

MHBC found itself not only as a link between the affected children and the schools, but also as a replacement for parental care for the babies.
 MHBC developed the following programs:

  • Food parcels for the sick, and for vulnerable children.
  • Food gardens to help people get fresh vegetables for nutrition. We also encourage each family to have a small garden in their yard.
  • Working on legal documents for children.
  • Giving basic help to sick people.
  • Early child development, because we wanted to help the children who were affected at an early stage.
  • Support group for grannies, to encourage and educate them.
  • Transport of the sick to health centers (in a wheelbarrow before we had a vehicle).

Care Centers: Lula and Khayalethu 2 (K2)

These places offer OVC hot meals on a daily basis; after school teaching; help with homework, as well as learning various life skills; clothes washing; and uniforms for children coming from child-headed homes.

A Youth Skills Development Center (K3)

MHBC helps youths who have failed to complete their education for various reasons so that they can still be self-sufficient in income generation. MHBC has developed training in Computing;  Sewing; Beading; Carpentry; Home Economics (cookery).

Peer Education

MHBC tries to help the young people from primary and secondary schools with workshops to help them discover their potential through changing behavior, which will reduce the HIV infection rate. The program offers one-to-one help to individual children, to give them hope in the hardships of life, and to equip them to make better choices in life.

 

In Conclusion

MHBC currently has 0ver 90 volunteers caring for the sick and OVC, encouraged by visitors from outside the area. We reach over 1100 OVC, and care for more than 400 patients.

MHBC was founded on Christian principles, so twice a week we have a pray meeting and worship service.

MHBC was recognized as a model for home-based care that could be replicated in other parts of Africa, resulting in the emergence of Hands at Work, which has been doing just that. In 2010, MHBC became independent of Hands at Work (maintaining a warm relationship), to pursue its broader vision.

Some local and overseas churches continue to support MHBC in its work.

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Masoyi Home Based care has been selected to serve as a Sub-Recipient to implement the CSS (Community Systems Strengthening) interventions with religious leadership structures/platforms (i.e. Christians, Muslims, Rastafarian, etc.), as well as Traditional Leaders, to conduct community outreach work with vulnerable populations, in the Ehlanzeni and Nkangala District within the Mpumalanga Province, for the next three years, starting from July 2016 to March 2019.

Masoyi Home Based Care will be conducting dialogues with religious & traditional leadership structures/platforms to discuss/address the drivers that influence the patriarchal underpinning of discrimination & Gender Based Violence , and  Conduct community outreach work with vulnerable populations (residents of informal settlements, the unemployed, refugees) – to provide a HIV, TB prevention education.

Community workers under Masoyi Home Based Care will be conducting awareness campaigns and door to door visits with residents of informal settlements, the unemployed and refugees. The Community workers will be working in two districts and chooses municipalities with high prevalence and also saturate wards. Narrated by Constance (One of our Care Workers)

I have been called by Themba Mashinini at about 07:30 in the morning on the 10 March 2016. He told me that his house was burning. Themba had been called by his neighbours, and told him that the house was on fire. He ran back to the house, to find that the neighbors had already stopped the fire.  I called Ma Jabu (Jabulile) to go together with me to see what had happened. When we get there, the fire was already put to stop by the neighbours, and the damage by the fire was vast,  in such a way that, only the roof was only left, but damaged by the smoke. 
Things that got damaged are: ·  The bed ·  The wardrobe ·  The electric wires (Almost all of them, we had to rewire the house again) ·  The curtains and the blankets on the bedroom. ·  The glasses of the two big windows were all broken (Probably to make sure the smoke goes out so that the fire can be controlled) 
We had since replaced most of those things that got damaged, like: the bed, electric wires, the glasses on the windows, and other things that were urgently needed. We are hoping that we get a paint, to repaint the rooms, and buy other things that might have burn, clothes, blankets, and window curtains. During Home visits on Home Based Care. Thanks to Ma Ruth for this wonderful pictures. HBC getting ready for Home visits. Thanks to Ma Ruth for this wonderful pictures. Happy Birthday Ma Flo! Selling some of the things we are producing at the K3 center. On the 2nd of March, we had 23 visitors at Lula Care Center, from Europe.
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