The Mothers and Vulnerable Children Project has as its goal to meet the needs of identified orphans and vulnerable children (OVC) and to enable identified OVC families in Diepsloot extensions 12 and 13, Msawawa in Kyasands, and Thabo Mbeki Village in Lion Park to be self-sufficient.
The project is run jointly under the management of the Social Services Manager by the Programme Coordinator, social workers, auxiliary social workers and field workers, who identify OVCs through door to door visits in the area or referral from other organizations, schools and community members and the Antenatal/Preventative services team leader by the midwives, lay counsellors, postnatal social worker and professional nurses who ensure that all pregnant women know their HIV status and encourage women to take appropriate measures so as to reduce transmission of HIV to their children.
Field workers carry out weekly home visits, providing counselling and support for the children and their caregivers. Children’s groups with activities such as soccer, drama, choir and dance as well as caregiver training courses with modules including child wellbeing, healthy eating, parenting skills, children’s rights and responsibilities and self-care are also provided.
Social services include assistance with documentation (birth certificates and ID documents) and obtaining social grants as well as poverty alleviation measures such as the provision of food parcels and other material support.
Monthly assessments are carried out to evaluate the OVCs’ and caregivers’ progress and medical services are available at WHWC and at the Mobile Clinic, including HIV counselling and testing (HCT) and antiretroviral treatment (ART) for HIV positive children, mothers and caregivers.