What We Do
The focus of our work is caring for children living with and affected by HIV/Aids, full-time and in a family environment. When a child cannot be looked after by family members or neighbours, he or she is placed via the Magistrate’s Court at the HOKISA Home. A careful assessment of the situation of each child is part of the admission process. Where ever possible, family members are encouraged to keep in touch with the child.
- HOKISA cares for up to twenty children in a family-like environment seven days a week, 24 hours a day. People have recognized the improvement in health and wellbeing of some children who arrived at the home very sick.
- HOKISA provides training and skills development: Since the opening we have organised workshops for all staff members around topics like: “Facts around HIV/AIDS”, “Early Childhood Education”, “Nutrious food for children with a weak immune system”, “Management and Bookkeeping”, “1st Aid” and “Personal Budgeting”.
- HOKISA supports HIV/Aids awareness: A youth group meets regularly at the HOKISA Peace House, to see educational films and to have discussions around issues that are relevant to the youth in the township - often but not always related to HIV. Educational outreach to the greater community of Masiphumelele and beyond is part of our work.
- HOKISA supports people living with HIV/Aids: We help individuals to apply for financial support like the disability grant, and where needed, we help with food parcels until such a grant comes into effect.
Our International Friends
HOKISA Ikhaya Lethu: Our Home in Masiphumelele
HOKISA Ikhaya Lethu means HOKISA Our Home, a name given by the community of Masiphumelele.
It is located in the heart of the township, behind the Day Care Clinic and in walking distance of the Primary and High School.
The HOKISA Home cares for up to twenty children fulltime. The HOKISA playground is open to all children in the neighbourhood. A vegetable garden provides food for the children and the team.
- November 25th, 2016
Animals are much like humans in many ways. They should be respected and handled with care. There are many ways people can learn how to respect animals. From the smallest mouse to the largest elephant, all animals should be treated in ways that are beneficial to both them and other people….
- July 3rd, 2016
Our very special Fundiswa is leaving her HOKISA family, to spread her wings and fly…
- May 24th, 2016
With some of our older HOKISA children growing up and moving on in the world, and in their lives, it has made space for a whole new generation…
Meet the ‘gang’!
- March 27th, 2016
As always, Easter is one of our favourite celebrations…