SizaBantwana is a non-profit organisation that works in the rural communities of Bushbuckridge, near the town of Hazyview; Mpumalanga Province of South Africa. We care for children orphaned or made vulnerable as a result of the HIV/AIDS epidemic. By addressing their immediate needs and the larger issues in the community we strive to ensure that the children have a bright and hopeful future. We belief that children need a strong positive environment in order to develop their full potential. SizaBantwana is committed to develop this environment.
SizaBantwana’s services to the orphaned children can be categorised into three broad programmes:
Care: Provide food, clothes and attend to other basic needs of children.
Support: Provide safe communal facilities or care centres where Care Workers from the community cook food, serve meals and have daily gatherings with the children. We recruit Care Workers to support the children’s basic needs and development, and SizaBantwana sources funding to financially support the orphans and Care Workers.
Empowerment: Provide training, education and skills development activities to children. SizaBantwana seeks to identify the urgent needs in the community and partner with other relevant institutions and organizations to meet those needs so as to create a supportive, caring community.
SizaBantwana currently provides care and support to around 750 children. Around 400 children daily attend one of our care centre for food and support and we care for a further 350 children as part of our Isibindi project. Our aim is to extend our care to many more children in dire need of support.