This project focuses on 2 areas of need in rural Limpopo Province, South Africa: The need to educate adults and children on the rights of the child; and the need to provide blankets for warmth in the winter. Children who are infected or affected by HIV will be provided with a winter blanket that will contain key messages promoting the rights of children. South Africa is one of the worst affected countries in world with regards to HIV and AIDS, and no one carries the burden more than children do.
CHoiCe Trust operates in various communities in rural areas of South Africa. These villages face high unemployment, service delivery challenges such as shortage of water, dirt roads and lack of medications at local clinics. The HIV and AIDS pandemic in South Africa is a heavy burden on these under-resourced communities, with children paying the price. A Child Support stipend means that households can contain many children, little space and even fewer resources.
This project will raise awareness of the rights of children, while at the same time providing a basic resource for the children - warmth during winter.
Through the distribution of warm winter children's blankets, the various messages will be shared within the household of the child. These messages will be designed by children themselves through the Support Groups that CHoiCe Trust facilitates with children in Mavele and Nkambako villages, Limpopo Province.
More than 200 blankets will be distributed.
A blanket is a long-lasting resource and can be used during many winters to come. Blankets are not only used for warmth, but also for carrying their siblings on their backs, and especially for the security and comfort of owning something themselves. The message on the blanket will be shared for many years and will be used by the social worker in the area to start conversations about child rights with other children in the households and the adults