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Visit to Blikkiesdorp

A Bavarian delegation, led by State Minister, Mrs Beate Merk, visited the temporary settlement Blikkiesdorp last Friday. Stefan Hippler presented our projects and underlined how important the partnership between Bavaria and the Western Cape for Hope Cape Town and especially for Blikkiesdorp is. At the tour through Blikkiesdorp the State Minister for Europe and Regional Relations was introduced to the situation for the people in the settlement and realized how important the work of HOPE Cape Town is for the community.

We like to thank State Minister Merk and all the members of the delegation for the opportunity to present HOPE Cape Town and our future projects.


Farewell and thank you to Ecotrophology students from Germany

 

We recently bid a fond farewell to a group of Ecotrophology students from the University of Applied Sciences, Niederrhein in Mönchengladbach, Germany. They have been in Cape Town for the past four weeks working at our project in Blikkiesdorp and at the Holy Family Youth Development Centre. During their time in Cape Town, the students conducted talks on nutrition and hygiene, provided cooking lessons and cooked meals, played with the children and assisted with the gardening and beading projects.

 

They concluded their visit to Cape Town by presenting to some of the HOPE Cape Town and Holy Family Youth Development Centre staff educational videos they had made at Blikkiesdorp and at the Youth Centre.

 

We thank them all for sharing their skills with the community we serve and care for, and wish them all the very best with their respective careers.

 

Pictured here in the back row from left to right are Pauline Jooste, Janine Schmidt, Ute Gellrich, Sonia Daniels, Marc Vollmer, Eloise Christians and Ricardo Cupido. In the front row from left to right are Olga Hanis, Kerstin Behlau and Roman Bezuidenhoud.


HOPE Cape Town brings HOPE to a young girl with AIDS

 Dr Jayne Cunningham, medical doctor at HOPE Cape Town, first met Nandi on Friday 21st February 2014 at the Delft Paediatric ARV Clinic. She had been asked to see her by a colleague from Tygerberg hospital as Nandi had recently been discharged from the hospital and required urgent follow up. Nandi’s elderly granny lives in Delft and could not afford the taxi fares to and from Tygerberg hospital.

 

Nandi, who has AIDS (CD4 = 30), was recently admitted with severe oral thrush, loss of weight and diarrhoea. Nandi’s mother died of AIDS in 2012 and her father lives in Johannesburg but has not maintained contact with Nandi and her siblings. Nandi lives with her elderly granny but was also accompanied to the clinic by an aunt.

 

She is a happy child despite being extremely underweight and anaemic. What struck Jayne most however was Nandi’s sparse hair and torn school clothes. It quickly became apparent to Mariam Roelofse, HOPE Community Health Worker (HCHW) at Tygerberg Hospital, that the granny was coughing, unwell and not able to cope with being the caregiver for Nandi. Mariam therefore contacted another HCHW at Delft South Clinic and arranged for the granny to be met the following day to be screened for TB.

 

It was then suggested that the aunt take over the care of Nandi in the interim. She was taught how to give the anti-retroviral medicine (ARVs) to Nandi and to pack the ARV pill box.

 

Nandi will require close monitoring of her medical condition, nutritional status and the social circumstances in which she is now living. HOPE Cape Town’s HCHWs in Blikkiesdorp will now be able to follow up on Nandi’s care as her aunt lives in Blikkiesdorp close to the HOPE Cape Town container.

 

We at HOPE Cape Town aim to support Nandi on her road to health medically, emotionally as well as ensuring that she attends school. At present her school fees are unpaid for 2014 and she does not have a proper school uniform nor book bag.

 

Pictured here is Pauline Jooste and Nandi

 


HOPE Cape Town Community Health Workers to improve their skills at the University of Cape Town (UCT)

 

We are delighted to announce that 10 HOPE Community Health Workers (HCHW's) have been selected to attend the following UCT Faculty of Health Sciences Continuing Education courses:

 

1.       Advanced Clinical Counselling - the goal of this course is to develop:

a.       their effective communication and counselling skills applicable to all age-groups in healthcare settings

b.      competency in appropriate selection and use of assessment and referral procedures and therapeutic counselling tools and techniques

2.       Health Literacy - the goal of this course is to develop:

a.       their knowledge base of human biology, causes and treatment of disease, with particular focus on infectious diseases including HIV, and management of chronic illnesses

b.      critical thinking and written and verbal presentation skills

c.       effective communication and use of health promotion materials and treatment literacy tools for adults youth and children, across linguistic and cultural barriers

d.      competency in psychosocial screening and referral

e.      basic computer skills

 

The HCHW's participating in these two year courses are Mariam Roelofse, Ncebakazi Fata, Karen Madaha, Michelle Jochems, Dandelene Sylvester, Bonita Marinus, Kekeletso Lebeta, Violet Otto, Sonia Daniels and Devitia Swartbooi.

 

We wish them all the best!


A Tribute to Archbishop Lawrence Patrick Henry 1934 - 2014

 

On March 5, 2014, Archbishop Lawrence Patrick Henry, a friend and supporter of the HOPE Cape Town, sadly passed away.

 

Born in 1934, Lawrence Patrick Henry was ordained as Priest of Cape Town on 22 December 1962. In 1987 he was appointed as Auxiliary Bishop of Cape Town and as Titular Bishop of Cenculiana. 1987 he ordained as Bishop and was appointed and installed as Archbishop of Cape Town in 1990. On 18 December 2009 he retired has Archbishop of Cape Town.

 

Rev. Fr. Stefan Hippler, founding member of HOPE Cape Town and Chairperson of the board of trustees of the HOPE Cape Town Trust, worked with Archbishop Henry since 1997 and only through the support of Archbishop Henry, Stefan was able to found HOPE Cape Town. Later, Archbishop Henry was actively involved in the work of HOPE Cape Town and attended the Ball of HOPE every year.

 

Archbishop Henry’s service to humanity and the amazing impact he made on society is living evidence of the “Power of One”.

 

Archbishop Henry holds a special place in the history of HOPE Cape Town and he will be long remembered by the Boards, Management and staff. Rest in Peace Archbishop Henry.

 

Pictured here at the Ball of Hope, is Archbishop Henry, Anja Tambusso-Ferraz (SA-German Chamber of Commerce) and Rev. Fr. Stefan Hippler

 


HOPE Cape Town welcomes our new Volunteer from Germany

HOPE Cape Town welcomes our new Volunteer from Germany, Sebastian Kabst who joined us this week. Sebastian who is 24 years old, is at present in his final year as a Political Science student at the University of Osnabruck. He found out about us whilst reading Stefan Hippler’s book God AIDS Africa. He was inspired by the work we do in the communities we serve in Cape Town that he decided to take a three month break from studying to become one of our volunteers. He will be assisting our Care & Support Coordinator, Sonia Daniels in the Ithemba Ward at the Tygerberg Children’s Hospital. He will also be visiting and helping at many of our community projects, doing translations and general administration work. We wish him a happy, informative and rewarding time with us. Sebastian is pictured here with ‘Pretty’, one of our special patients we care for.


Farewell Rochelle Paka

 

The Management and Staff at HOPE Cape Town congratulate HOPE Community Healthcare Worker (HCHW), Rochelle Paka for being accepted by the University of the Western Cape to study for her nursing degree (BCur).  The sad news is that she will be leaving us, but the good news is that thanks to all the practical experience she gained whilst working as a HCHW at HOPE Cape Town, she now has the fantastic opportunity to further her career in primary healthcare. Rochelle held the position as a HCHW at the Goodwood Clinic for over five years. We thank her for her invaluable and dedicated service. We wish her all the best for the future!


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