Fertile Ground

"NO CHILD LEFT BEHIND" The organization is mobilizing the energy and vitality of youth, particularly young girls, to help address South Africa's HIV/AIDS epidemic and health challenges by creating supportive community environments where children can thrive. Fertile Ground operates on the belief that every child counts, and that every child deserves a childhood rich with happy memories and positive experiences that they will carry with them throughout their adult life. Providing disenfranchised children, and girls in particular, with these opportunities, in conjunction with skills training gives them a chance to better manage their illness, reduce the impact of stress on immune fu...

Fertile Ground
1 Odeon Court
Rouwkoop Road
Rondebosch, Cape Town 7700
South Africa
+27728653630
http://www.ourfertileground.org

Health Director

jawaya Shea

Management Team

Tracey Jean, Siya Baleni, Shiraaz Ismail, Sinazo Peter, Tracey Jean, Wiedaad Jappie, Jade Hartogh, Riaan Johnson, Hadley Harris

Board of Directors

Maggie Chartier, Jawaya Shea, Tracey Jean, Nicole Fish, Ndaye David Kalombo, Licia Karp, Marianne Bruins, Mamaki, Robert F Shea, Siya Baleni, Shiraaz Ismail, Sinazo Peter, Tracey Jean, Wiedaad Jappie, Jade Hartogh, Riaan Johnson, Hadley Harris

Mission

"NO CHILD LEFT BEHIND" The organization is mobilizing the energy and vitality of youth, particularly young girls, to help address South Africa's HIV/AIDS epidemic and health challenges by creating supportive community environments where children can thrive. Fertile Ground operates on the belief that every child counts, and that every child deserves a childhood rich with happy memories and positive experiences that they will carry with them throughout their adult life. Providing disenfranchised children, and girls in particular, with these opportunities, in conjunction with skills training gives them a chance to better manage their illness, reduce the impact of stress on immune function, increase their ability to cope with the difficult and often violent communities they come from, and ultimately stop the cycle of HIV disease transmission through treatment adherence and behavioral change.

Programs

The hospital outreach program includes activities in the waiting area of the outpatient clinics as well as bedside visits to children who are very ill at health facilities in Cape Town. Under the direction of the program director Robert Shea trained counselors and students, most of whom are young women, provide fun and engaging activities to children and caregivers to alleviate the anxiety children often experience on their hospital and clinic visits and help keep them in care and compliant with their medical regimes. Day Camps offer participants the opportunity to explore sights and experiences that they cannot easily access in their everyday lives, such as: trips to the Aquarium, Robben Island, Bird World and hikes in the forest and on the mountain where they learn about important environmental issues. Residential camps: In South Africa, young girls and women are particularly vulnerable and significantly affected by domestic violence and abuse. There are insufficient resources and agencies whose efforts address these problems. Residential camps offer respite from these difficult situations where families can spend five days together sharing knowledge & experiences that offer release from isolation, despair and fear. Through the monthly day outings and hospital and clinic outreach activities, we seek to keep camp participants connected to what they have learned about themselves, their communities, and how to take care of their illness through the camps, in addition to reinforcing and adding to their social support. A New Leaf is a project that aims to promote literacy in children attending the HIV & AIDS clinics, and through the book project help their cognitive and psychosocial development. Parenting Curriculum: young mothers living with life-limiting and life-threatening illness often live under stress so intense that infants are missing out on the crucial attachment relationship with parents, children are growing up in environments that negatively impact their emotional and physical well being, and adolescents are alienated from parents at a time when they most need guidance. With the overall goal of empowering families and improving outcomes for these children, the purpose of the parenting training program is to o nurture parenting practices that foster trust and positive social decision making in children by encouraging parents to use developmentally beneficial guidance practice throughout childhood, and encourage disclosure of HIV status along with careful emotional support. The Crew Hearing Aid project aims to combine the expertise of health professionals, educators, media experts and children to develop a 12-part program series combining key health messages developed by children living with chronic and life-threatening illness in conjunction with trained peers that can be broadcast via community radio. In this way knowledge and understanding of childhood illness at community level can be increased with the purpose of fostering acceptance and eliminating stigma, thereby facilitating the integration of children into routine activities in the communities in which they live.

Statistics on Fertile Ground

Financial Statistics

  • Annual Budget for 2011: $10,000
  • Maximum Annual Budget: $20,000
  • Other funding sources: Donors, Fundraising efforts, individual donations, Gifts, Community Contributions,
  • Religious Affiliation: None