Khayelisha Care Project is situated in the rural town of Tugela Ferry. The town is in the centre of Msinga, at the crossing point of the Tugela River and is home to a population estimated to be between 170,000 and 250,000 people spread out over 2,500sq km. Our organisation was started in 2001 by members of the local church in response to the devastation caused in the area by the combination of HIV, TB and the extremes of poverty.
Our programmes are designed around children and their care givers (who in many households are children themselves) and we began by simply providing food to the most destitute families we met, but as time has gone on we have been able to expand into services ranging from institutional healthcare to training and support of community based care givers who provide our eyes and ears in order that we might bring practical support to those who are most vulnerable.
Khayelisha looks to use its established community history, its experience of children’s issues in one of the world’s most challenging environments and its capacity to manage and deliver quality driven and target focused projects to impact the long term outcomes of children born into the most desperate of circumstances.
It will continue to achieve this through the long term commitment of staff, its board, its community support and its generous and numerous supporters in South Africa and beyond, who are all working with us to end the unnecessary suffering of the most vulnerable and blameless members of our society today.