Learning to Read in South Africa

by The Muthande Society for the Aged
Learning to Read in South Africa


Older people are empowered with literacy skills enabling them to claim their basic state pensions, help grandchildren with schoolwork and as provide better support HIV/AIDS sufferers and AIDS orphans.

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The poverty of older men and women in three townships of Kwazulu Natal is exacerbated by the lack of information and abuse that they suffer. Older people are cheated out of their pensions, are made to sign wills and funeral insurance they have not fully understood, and are denied their right to participate in the governance of their country. Kwazulu Natal province is one of the hardest hit by the HIV/AIDS pandemic and older people are among the main carers of the sick and the orphaned.


Our project will provide literacy for older people to increase their skills, build their confidence & access their rights. Lessons will be prepared & facilitated on themes chosen by older learners themselves that will help them in their daily lives.

Long-Term Impact

Literacy skills will be developed at the same time as learning about health care, caring for PLWHAs and orphans and social security rights. The skills will also improve their participation in other community activities.

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a Microsoft Word file (projdoc.doc).


Development Statistics on South Africa
Literacy work and MUSA
Impact of HIV/​AIDS on Older People as Carers
Pensions & Poverty

Organization Information

The Muthande Society for the Aged

Location: Durban, Kwazulu Natal - South Africa

Funded Project!

Thanks to 5 donors like you, a total of $504 was raised for this project on GlobalGiving. Combined with other sources of funding, this project raised enough money to fund the outlined activities and is no longer accepting donations.

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