Missionvale Care Centre

Our Mission: Missionvale Care Centre is an interdenominational, non-profit organization committed to providing quality care and support to improve the lives of the people of Missionvale through love, consultation, participation and self-development. We respond to the many needs of the people in the circumstances in which they live. Our Vision: To enter into the lives of the poor in their pain, loneliness and despair. To recognise that we have done nothing to deserve our prosperity, as they have done nothing to deserve their deprivation. To reach out a hand of solidarity, compassion and love, filled not with empty platitudes, but with food, medicine, learning and hope. To learn from...

Missionvale Care Centre
1 Tromp Street
Missionvale
Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape 6001
South Africa
+2741-811-7525/6
https://www.missionvale.co.za

Board of Directors

Ethel Bridget Normoyle, Martin Paul Tagg, Neville Wendell Goldman, Chuma Myoli, Thomas Charles Stephen Tagg, Linda van Oudheusden, William Thomas Anderson, Joan Pledger, Rojimani Goldman

Project Leaders

Linda van Oudheusden

Mission

Our Mission: Missionvale Care Centre is an interdenominational, non-profit organization committed to providing quality care and support to improve the lives of the people of Missionvale through love, consultation, participation and self-development. We respond to the many needs of the people in the circumstances in which they live. Our Vision: To enter into the lives of the poor in their pain, loneliness and despair. To recognise that we have done nothing to deserve our prosperity, as they have done nothing to deserve their deprivation. To reach out a hand of solidarity, compassion and love, filled not with empty platitudes, but with food, medicine, learning and hope. To learn from the sick and the vulnerable, the great lessons of humility and simplicity. To learn from ourselves the limits of our charity and the boundaries of our selflessness. To know and believe that a Care Centre, within our city and within our hearts, is only the beginning, but a beginning where anything is possible. Our Objectives: To provide an essential health, social and spiritual service. To provide primary and pre-primary school education and other forms of educational development. To promote a stable and harmonious home and community environment. To develop a sense of pride and ownership in the people of Missionvale. To concentrate on the development of children, especially those orphaned and vulnerable. To use all the resources of the Care Centre to treat, alleviate and most importantly, prevent the scourge of HIV/AIDS. To consolidate the achievements of the last 24 years by becoming self-sustaining.

Programs

Pre-Primary and Foundation level (up to Grade 4) Primary School and library Home Based Care Unit (Care workers providing health services to people too ill to come to the Centre) Nutrition & Wellness Unit Adult Skills Development Units (Crafts and Gardening) Adult Basic Education and Training (ABET) Children Support & Development Unit Children's Nutrition Unit Clothing Warehouse Community Hall HIV/ Aids Awareness and Counselling Unit Eye clinic on Thursday mornings Individual and family counseling Church service on Wednesdays and Sundays Registered Primary Healthcare Clinic on site SHORT DESCRIPTION OF OUR UNITS: 1. THE CLINIC Missionvale Township is home to many of the sickest of the sick in South Africa. It is where Aids is the scourge that does not lessen. It is where the statistics for HIV infections, unemployment, malnutrition, poverty, alcoholism and sickness and disease are beyond belief. Missionvale is not where you want to live if you have to see a doctor. Sr Ethel arrived in Missionvale in 1988. Five years later, in 1992, Sr Ethel gifted a fully equipped Clinic to the Municipality. Today this clinic, known as Missionvale Municipal Clinic, sits adjacent to Missionvale Care Centre and we work together in Partnership to provide healthcare services to local people. This partnership is focused solely on a single common purpose: To provide the best medical care to the sick by combining the resources of the Missionvale Care Centre and the municipal clinic in an integrated professional service available free of charge at the point of delivery. The Care Centre currently provides a volunteer doctor on Monday and Wednesday mornings, and sees up to 40 patients per session. During 2012/2013 we will extend the number of sessions by recruiting additional volunteer doctors. When this target is achieved the number of consultations, for which there is an unrelenting demand, will rise to around 300 per week or 15,000 per annum. The Doctors' Surgery will then be responsible for the health of around 5,000 patients. 2. THE NUTRITION & WELLNESS UNIT Our Nutrition & Wellness Unit integrates into our holistic approach to treat the Aids epidemic and the ever increasing unemployment and poverty in the area. The Nutrition Unit is the first place where people come to for help as it remains their most immediate need. We are often asked how we know that the people coming to ask for food really need it, and one only has to look at the crowd that gathers every day, waiting patiently for hours on end in the blistering sun for half a loaf of bread and a cup of soup powder to realize that these people would literally starve if it wasn't for this unit. The HIV / Aids infection rate in the area currently stands at an alarming 70 %. Without nutrition, these patients are not able to take their medication effectively. Anyone can come for bread and soup, all we ask in return is that they bring something to be recycled (eg paper, tin, plastic). This serves four purposes: It gives back a sense of dignity to the people in knowing they are not just getting a hand-out It helps to clean up the community It creates a safer environment for children as they are less likely to sustain injuries The money we get from the recycling is used to help pay for the bread and the soup In addition to the bread and soup, Missionvale Care Centre has adopted 544 families who receive a weekly food parcel. These food parcels contain a packet of sugar, some maize meal, body soap, laundry soap, tea bags, a tin of pilchards tinned fish and a tin of baked beans. We are making every effort to decrease the reliance on the breadline, including Adult Based Education & Training and adult and child skills development programmes, but the need continues unabated as more and more people become ill and people from rural towns flood into the city looking for work. 3. THE CLOTHING WAREHOUSE Poverty can hide the dignity of a person, and when you do not have proper clothing to wear, your image is tarnished. The clothing warehouse stores shelves of neatly arranged donated clothing which we distribute to families on a regular basis. Any donated clothes are cleaned, sorted, matched, labeled and stacked according to gender and size. A record is kept of all the recipients and their living circumstances. We often clothe children that attend our school - many would arrive at the school drenched on a rainy day, or with clothing and shoes that are so badly worn they barely provide any protection at all. It is very important to us to make sure our children have everything they need so they may do their best at school to get great results. 4. HOME BASED CAREGIVERS UNIT Sr Ethel is a nurse by profession and in her earlier years in Missionvale, she attended to the sick and dying in their homes. She remembers the many wounds and ulcers that had no dressing or bandage on them - only the available leaves. She would often take those leaves off only to find nests of maggots. Now we have a team of Caregivers headed by a most professional and compassionate Nursing Sister. Every day these women go out into the community from our Resource Center each day and tend to those too sick to come to the Centre. In addition they also assist in the clinic doing preliminary tests for patients before they see the doctor. They are fully trained in Home Based Care through the Nightingale Trust. We would love to increase the number of caregivers in our employ because of the huge need for their services in Missionvale. We also aim to empower families taking care of very ill, and bedridden patients by training them to take care of their loved ones. MISSIONVALE CARE CENTRE ACADEMY We believe that education is the only ticket out of poverty as apart from one's personal, emotional, social and economical development, it enables one to understand and reflect critically on their life circumstances with a view to exploring new possibilities and initiating constructive change. We have on our campus a primary school which runs to Grade 4, but we are in the process of expanding the school to become a fully fledged primary school by 2015. This is our biggest and most urgent priority at the moment as we want to focus on good, holistic education - the kind that will challenge the pupils to stretch their thinking and be creative and responsible citizens into the future. Once we are a full primary school, we aim to build a high school in Missionvale so that students can pave their way to university with a solid foundation to build on. For further information please refer to our proposal to partner with us. Since we live in a severely deprived area, education has not been accessible to a lot of children so we try to meet them at the point of their need where academic education, because of their age is not possible. We are an agent of community transformation in developing entrepreneurial skills through planned parental and family involvement in workshop environments. 6. CHILDREN'S SUPPORT & DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME In the afternoons we run a children's support and development programme. This after-school programme helps provide children a fun, safe and enriching alternative to life on the streets after school with the goal to strengthen their ability to face the harsh reality that has been dealt to them. Through the afternoon programme we reach beyond the classroom and introduce children to art, reading, sport and music. The children receive a sandwich with some juice and occasionally a fruit or a biscuit. This part of the program is so important because many of these children will not be given a proper meal until the next day when they come again to the Centre. 7. ADULT TRAINING & SKILLS DEVELOPMENT Just as we strive to give children the basic foundational skills they'll need to lift themselves out of this poverty, we also provide adult education and skills development programs like sewing and gardening. We have had great successes through these initiatives and hundreds of people have found employment through the skills they have gained through these units. In addition we utilize our school building in the afternoon for Adult Basic Education & Training which is an opportunity for adults to complete their matric. Many did not have access to a high quality education before. We currently have 74 students enrolled in this programme. 8. THE LADY OF THE WAYSIDE CHURCH & COMMUNITY HALL In 1999, the people asked Sr Ethel to "build a house for God and they would get better." It was the cry of dying people and Each Sunday a service of worship is offered in which everyone is welcome. On our church tower we have a glass cross. The glass for this was collected from Missionvale and melted down. The brokenness of the glass was symbolic to the brokenness of the people's lives, but it was put up to remind people that it still allows God's light to shine through. It is a special message of encouragement from Sr Ethel to the people of Missionvale to keep shining, no matter the circumstance! On our premises we have a community hall which is used for the many needs of the people. In Missionvale we have a wonderful sense of community (Ubuntu) and it is a great place to gather.

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