The Development of Bhekanani Care & Support Centre
The following is based on the original vision of Mrs Gugu Ntuli who is the founder of Bhekanani Care and Support Centre in Efefe. Gugu’s ultimate vision is detailed below in the project’s vision and objectives which are the creation of a residential care facility for the community’s most vulnerable, as well as a centre which provides a wide range of services to meet local community needs.
Whilst these phases have been shared with Gugu, they will need formally adopting by the centre’s board of trustees.
A PHASED APPROACH:
PHASE 1 Food for Learning Programme began in August 2011.
This programme is targeting 82 local children, identified by the community, whose education is suffering because of hunger and lack of adequate nutrition. Whilst there are 82 children officially on the programme a further ±40 children are on the ‘waiting list’ and regularly attend the programme.
PHASE 2 Linking with Local Service Providers
There are a number of local agencies and service providers who are being approached to offer a range of programmes and services from the centre for the community of Efefe. This phase of the development is in line with the centre’s objectives 3.2, 3.3 and 3.4.
It is envisaged that through partnering other service providers and agencies a wide range of needs can be met through the centre such as:
- Family support programmes offered by Families South Africa (FAMSA)
- Drug and alcohol support services and education programmes run by South African National Council on Alcoholism & Drug Dependence (SANCA)
- Sports activities for the youth
- Mobile medical clinics for the elderly and disabled
- Voluntary Counselling and Testing (VCT) Programmes – HIV testing
- SHINE Safeguarding Surgeries for the community
- the venue used for a variety of community meetings
- HIV support groups*
*It is hoped that from these services a variety of support groups can be emerge organically such as those living with HIV/AIDS, the elderly the disabled and their carers etc, who see and use the premises as a base to meet, a community focal point and a place to find support.
PHASE 3 – Funding approaches will be made to various funding bodies.
Approaches to be madedboth in South Africa and internationally. It is envisaged that through linking with local service providers and forming key partnerships with other agencies (phase 2) the whole centre will have a buzz and vibrancy to it as it seeks to meet a wide range of community needs. This will also make the development of the project more attractive and viable for potential funders. The project will therefore be in a stronger position of seek long-term funding for future development.
It will be necessary during this time to undertake community and even door-to-door research to identify the local needs and deciding the exact target group for this next phase, recognition that different groups outline in the project’s objective will require different residential requirements and care.
Funding applications will therefore be targeted to the development of a residential facility which will offer care provision to the community’s most vulnerable, orphans, the sick and end of life care a well as being a hub for home-based carers in the Efefe community.
PHASE 4 – Development of a residential care facility for the most vulnerable
As outlined in Gugu’s vision and the project’s objectives 3.1. This can only happen with substantial planning, funding and training poured into the project. The recruitment and training of suitable staff, both qualified and unqualified, will be dependant on the funding strategy in Phase 3.
The centre’s secondary objective as outlined in 3.5 of the Trust Document is the alleviation of poverty through rural farming. Discussion will need to take place as to exactly what this means in the context of Efefe. Gugu has stated that there is more ground available around the present site, so it is worth exploring the possibility of using this for some kind of community farming co-operative.