Community Care Project
The Community Care Project (CCP) was established in 1999 by the Pietermaritzburg Christian Fellowship (PCF), now known as Grace Generation Church. The project operated under the umbrella of Project Gateway (PG), until 2008 when it moved into its own premises and registered as a Trust. CCP was established as a church-based, non-profit making organisation to serve the city of Pietermaritzburg in KwaZulu-Natal and its surrounding communities, covering the Umsunduzi Sub-District KZ 225 of the Umgungundlovu District 22, mainly in the area of HIV and Aids.
The core purpose of CCP is the training of community members through churches and schools to assist infected families and communities to tackle the HIV and Aids issue. Since April 2000, community-based teams have been trained and established through local churches predominantly in rural and peri-urban areas. In 2001, recognising the needs of the CCP’s target communities, it became evident that a strategic plan was necessary to address these needs (particularly those resulting from poverty and HIV and Aids and focusing on children and care-givers). A 3-year plan (2002-2004) was put together looking mainly at home-based and child care. A strategic review in 2004 led to CCP putting together of a 5-year Strategy (2005-2009), expanding its scope to include Orphans and Vulnerable Children’s work, as well as schools programme. It is this strategy that has made CCP a strong partner in the May’khethele Programme that is funded by PEPFAR, through CINDI Network. Currently CCP is operating under a 5-year plan (2010-2014).
With the experience gained over the years through HIV and Aids interventions, CCP in collaboration with the Newfrontier Aid Trust (NAT) now incorporates poverty alleviation programmes into the HIV and Aids interventions in what is code named Sustainability and Economic Strengthening Programmes. CCP has moved through different phases from the point of being overwhelmed by the HIV and Aids situation, which presented one of the biggest challenges the city has ever had to contend with, to responding by offering care to only the identified infected individuals in the communities. In this way, the PLWHAs were offered food parcels, clothes, blankets, bed linen, commodes, towels, medical supplies from the project base, with CCP staff on their own providing care for the sick. When the collaboration with NAT was put in place in 2005, the need to involve trained personnel from the churches to help in the care and provision for the sick was identified. It was decided that families would be empowered to manage their own HIV situation for the sake of sustainability. The households of OVC who needed nutritional support would be trained on how to establish and maintain nutritional gardens in their homes, schools and communities to produce fruit and vegetables to supplement their nutritional requirements and be a source of income generation. Notwithstanding the sustainability plan to help families help themselves, provision of food parcels has taken place in emergency situations in the families and for Child and Youth-Headed Households (CYHH). In the last year there has been breakthrough in this area of food and nutritional gardens. This strategy aims at fully incorporating various sustainability programme that will assist CCP families in the management of their HIV and Aids situations.
The CCP exists to see to the establishment of a holistic and practical base for the fight against the spread of HIV and AIDS and a vehicle for breaking the silence and reducing the effects of the disease by:
In full the mission is – “Seeing every individual as precious to God, and having physical, emotional and spiritual needs, the Community Care Project seeks to provide a Church-Based Family Intervention of Training; Holistic Care; a Future Hope and tools for empowerment and management in HIV and Aids related needs in selected communities.”
And in short, the mission is – “CCP – Caring for the community through training in HIV with LOVE”.
Seeing every individual as precious to God, and having physical, emotional and spiritual needs, the Community Care Project seeks to provide a Church-Based Family Intervention of Training; Holistic Care; a Future Hope and tools for empowerment and management in HIV and Aids related needs in selected communities.
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