VISION IN OPERATION
Tabitha Ministries interrelates into churches and all church-based organizations, as well as other civic and social organizations, in a broad-based partnership, in response to those infected and affected by the HIV and Aids pandemic.
In operation since May 1998, we are a Christian based organization ministering to those infected and affected by HIV/AIDS.
- To promote healing of the whole person: spiritual, emotional, mental and physical
- To educate members of the community towards confidence in providing compassionate and effective care for the chronically and terminally ill in their community, using the limited resources available
- To serve all people regardless of race, creed, class or financial standing
- To make preventive and promotive Primary Health Care a priority
We believe that effective education is critical in combating the HIV/Aids pandemic here in South Africa. The following training programmes are currently functional through the Hope Centre.
- Aids Awareness Home Base Care Course
- Train Care givers to serve the Community
- Small Businesses
- Gardening Courses
Using puppetry and drama, our programme reaches students at their various age and grade levels in schools and consists of HIV/Aids awareness, addressing moral and social issues, basic life skills training and teaching children to say “No”, with an emphasis on there being a hope and a future for each one.
As with the children, drama is used to address these issues in schools. In addition, an intense weeklong, off-site training is offered to teenage leaders selected by their fellow students and teachers, called Peer Group Education. St Nicholas donates their school to Tabitha Ministries during school holidays. This programme has a strong spiritual basis and addresses such issues as:
- Abortion and Pregnancy
- Rape and Molestation
- Alcohol and Drug Abuse
- Youth Leadership Training
Providing care for orphaned and abandoned babies and young children, most of who are HIV+ or have Aids.
Trained Home Base Carers in the community to visit the sick, providing physical, emotional and spiritual support as well as food, medicines and clothing.
This facility was completed end of September 2004 and currently serves as Tabitha Ministries Head Quarters.
The Hope Centre services the community in tyhe following areas:
- Care for orphaned and abandoned children forms the basis of the centre
- Care and spiritual and emotional support for patients and their families
- Health education to the community, Care Givers, patients and families
- Provides a safe environment from which a home school is run