Help Children in South Africa

Posted by Martin Keat

According to Unicef, South Africa is leading the world's HIV epidemic with nearly 6 million of the population living with HIV.  Not something to boast about!  There is good news -  over the last 10 years, the numbers of new infections has decreased and more people now have access to ARTs (Anti-retroviral Treatment).  This means that adults and children living with HIV in South Africa are living for longer - great news.  But this also means that the overall number of people living with HIV is also increasing which is having an impact on the communities we work and in particular, the children we help who live there. We need to help children in South Africa as they grow up to live abundantly within communities where HIV levels are high and the impact of it far reaching.  

Unicef quotes that  

Out of the 2.2 million children who needed ART in 2011, only 33 per cent were receiving it.'  

there are many reasons why - some are easy to explain and some are more complex but the fact remains - children in South Africa need our help.

1. There is still a stigma around living with HIV which causes some parents to choose not to get help for their children

What's our solution?  Here is one of our partner projects teaching children their rights and helping children in South Africa to be more knowledgeable.

2. There are many barriers in the way to getting ART's - environment, physical, spiritual.

What's our solution?  We ensure that each project has a dedicated nurse to help patients receive their treatment and ensure they get the best possible care available to them.  If the patients can't get to the clinics, our Home Based Carers visit them in their homes instead, helping the children of South Africa to have access to their treatment.

3.  The Anti-retroviral treatment needs to be taken with food.  When money is tight - what would you spend yours on?  Food? Water? Children? Schooling?  Perhaps ARV treatment is not a priority on your list?

What's our solution?  We provide a nutritious food supplement which contains all of the essential nutrients you need for a day.  It's cheap and readily available so our Home Based Carers can take it to the patients, helping both children and adults in South Africa to be able to take their life saving drugs and giving them a hope for the future.

What's your solution?

You can help children in South Africa, by 'Stepping into their shoes'.  

This is our national Schools campaign which is helping to change the lives of children in South Africa forever.  You can sign your school up or find out more right here.  

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A big part of our work here at the Bishop Simeon trust is committed to assuring that children and young adults in South Africa are able to challenge and conquer those obstacles in their lives that prevent them from accessing education and assuring that they can  make the most of the potential they possess to thrive and build a positive future.