Com­mu­nity Care Cen­tre for Hlabisa

Zululand Observer - Weekender - - ZO NEWS - Muzi Zin­c­ume

IN the fight against HIV/AIDS in uMkhanyakude Dis­trict, MEC for So­cial De­vel­op­ment, Weziwe Thusi of­fi­cially opened a Com­mu­nity Care Cen­tre on Tues­day.

The cen­tre, which will ben­e­fit com­mu­nity mem­bers re­sid­ing in Ward 1 to Ward 5 in Big Five-Hlabisa Mu­nic­i­pal­ity, will ren­der sup­port to or­phaned, vul­ner­a­ble chil­dren and youth.

The cen­tre will be a ma­jor boost for uMkhanyakude Dis­trict, which is one of the most de­prived dis­tricts in the coun­try.

MEC Thusi said the cen­tre, which is man­aged by Vukuza­khe In­te­grated Home/ Com­mu­nity based Care Or­gan­i­sa­tion, was funded by her de­part­ment to the tune of R1-mil­lion.

‘We have also al­lo­cated to the or­gan­i­sa­tion an on-site so­cial worker and a child and youth care worker, with a view to in­ten­sify preven­tion pro­grammes in schools and the com­mu­nity.

‘The over­all ob­jec­tives of com­mu­nity care cen­tres in­clude ren­der­ing sup­port to or­phaned and vul­ner­a­ble chil­dren and youth, non-profit or­gan­i­sa­tion ca­pac­ity build­ing, re­duc­tion of teenage preg­nancy, im­prov­ing nu­tri­tional sta­tus of the chil­dren and improve­ment of in­te­grated ser­vices.

‘Hand­ing over of this fa­cil­ity was part of gov­ern­ment’s in­ten­tion to chang­ing the lives of the peo­ple for the bet­ter.

‘This area is not spared the scourge of so­cial ills, which are af­fect­ing our coun­try.

‘We there­fore need the sup­port of civil so­ci­ety, so that we can fully en­sure that a bet­ter life for all our peo­ple is a re­al­ity. It is en­cour­ag­ing to see the ac­tive com­mu­nity in­volve­ment in this project,’ she said.

MEC Weziwe Thusi in­spect­ing the newly built Com­mu­nity Care Cen­tre at KwaNi­bela

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