Aids and Hospice
HIV/AIDS HOME OF SAFETY PROJECT
Founded in 1936 the HIV/Aids Hospice and Safe house was originally created as a care centre for unwed mothers and their infants, and over the years has evolved into an organization offering shelter for abused, abandoned, HIV- positive, orphaned and terminally ill children from birth to 6 years of age, as well as community based services to vulnerable children from birth to 12 years of age. Their objective is to create self-sufficiency and competency for children and families living with HIV and AIDS, in order to reduce the incidence of AIDS-related child abandonment and neglect. This is done through: # Palliative care for terminally ill children # Respite care for children who are acutely ill # Residential care for chronically ill abandoned babies and children # Emergency place of safety for children (birth – 6 years) who have been abandoned, orphaned or abused. # Implementation of Antiretroviral therapy (ARV) for HIV positive children # To recruit and screen families willing to care for special need children, HIV positive children and children on ARV.
The hospice is fully staffed by a team working in shifts around the clock – supported by doctors, social workers, fundraisers and administrative staff. Your specific duties can change daily and will ultimately be dependent on the effort and enthusiasm that you demonstrate whilst working at the hospice. Basic volunteer tasks will include assisting the hospice staff in feeding, stimulating and playing with the children.
Other duties at this project may include:
• Accompanying the children to the clinic or on outings
• Helping provide relief from pain
• Providing an emotional support system for the children
• Interacting with the children and offering support and even friendship
• Assisting teachers in their planned daily activities at the Early Childhood Development Centre
Volunteering at a hospice for children affected by HIV/AIDS can be a challenging experience for some. As is the case with many illnesses, it is often impossible to predict the level of care that will be required at the exact time that you arrive at the project. You may find that all 40 children are lively and boisterous, or you may unfortunately have to provide extra care to 2 or 3 children that are particularly unwell. Your work will embrace elements of support that may stretch you to your limits, both emotionally and physically. It is important for us that our volunteers know exactly what they are signing up for and are aware of the possible intensity that this programme may entail. With these pressures come a lot of rewards – providing care for children with HIV/AIDS is a life-changing experience for many of our volunteers. HIV/AIDS is not an automatic death sentence; many of the children at this project are provided with very effective treatments that allow them to live full and happy lives. Volunteers are essential in helping provide a positive and happy home-life for these children, and the act of simply being selfless for a few weeks will change your life for the better.
PROJECT: HIV/AIDS HOSPICE AND SAFE HOUSE – WESTERN CAPE
Country: South Africa, Western Cape, Strand
Minimum stay: 6 weeks
Working hours: – Roster rotates, work 7 out of 14 days, 7am to 6pm
– Shared room and bathroom in a secure beachfront apartment along “The Strand,”
a 5-kilometer strip of beautiful white, sandy coastline
– Continental breakfast
– Transport to and from the project
– Return transfers to and from the airport
– 24/7 support by the volunteer staff
Requirements: – CV
– Police Clearance Certificate