Hope for Liyema
Noluthando getting her independence back
Setting up a gardening and poultry group
Anathi Jindela, RAP’s Livelihoods Coordinator, has shared the details of his first success story! It is a gardening and poultry group called Makukhanye (there must be light), and consists of 15 members ranging in age from 16 to 65 years.
When Anathi began working with the group, there were challenges with knowing how to set up a project and work as a team. They had also had minimal financial literacy, making it difficult to properly manage and sustain the project.
With his help, the group has now started a project with a group constitution, a committee, and a name. They were able to to raise funds and start an agricultural (gardening) and poultry project for household food security and income generation purposes.
Helping Sange to be a little more independant
Sange Mapeyi is a cute four-year-old little boy who has cerebral palsy. He lives with his grandmother in the rural village of Mngazi in the Eastern Cape.
When Nosakhiwo Blayi, his Community Disability Worker (CDW), first started seeing him in August 2014, he could just sit upright, and struggled to control his head movement. He also struggled to eat and was often ill.
Just two years down the road, Sange is ‘rolling’ on his own and can sit with less support. He is also eating better and coughing less.
Ndikhokele is excited to be given the opportunity to learn
Vuyiswa grabbed the opportunity to help with disability
Buzeka an empathetic and caring CDW
Being aware of the suffering of people with disabilities in rural communities has made Buzeka Nkanunu an empathetic and caring community disability worker (CDW).
She started working for the Rural Ability Programme (RAP) in May 2014, when the intervention was still in its infancy. Buzeka explains that she was saddened to see that people with disabilities were being treated differently in the community and set about changing the situation for the better.
CDW Tabisa loves interacting with people
Tabisa Hlalendini has been a community disability worker (CDW) for two years and hails from Kotyana, a village in the Eastern Cape.
Like many of her fellow CDWs, she joined the Rural Ability Programme because a member of her family has a disability. In this case, it was her brother-in-law, and she is very proud that the skills she has learnt to help the people with disabilities also makes a difference in the lives of her loved ones. (Her brother-in-law weave grass mats and sells these to people in his community. She was quite proud of this when she took me to meet him)
King Nxakumfana (76), who hails from Khawula village in the rural Eastern Cape, was first identified as someone in need of assistance by the community disability workers (CDWs) in June 2014.
He had experienced hearing loss that was affecting his ability to communicate with his family and friends, isolating him from his loved ones and community. Once he had been referred to the audiologist at Zithulele Hospital, and underwent a hearing test, it was found that he had significant hearing loss and was then fitted with a hearing aid.