Month: March 2012

Each year, we recognize World TB Day on March 24, often with a variety of activities leading up to the official day.  This year Living Hope was involved in two outreachs, one with our mobile team doing testing at a local train station and another, educating people in taxi’s on their way to work.

In total we were able to reach over 600 people via our taxi outreach and we were able to test nearly 50 people at our mobile testing outreach.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Below are some facts about Tuberculosis (TB) (taken from the World Health Organization)

 

Tuberculosis (TB) is caused by bacteria (Mycobacterium tuberculosis) that most often affect the lungs. Tuberculosis is curable and preventable.

TB is spread from person to person through the air. When people with lung TB cough, sneeze or spit, they propel the TB germs into the air. A person needs to inhale only a few of these germs to become infected.

About one-third of the world’s population has latent TB, which means people have been infected by TB bacteria but are not (yet) ill with disease and cannot transmit the disease.

People infected with TB bacteria have a lifetime risk of falling ill with TB of 10%. However persons with compromised immune systems, such as people living with HIV, malnutrition or diabetes, or people who use tobacco, have a much higher risk of falling ill.

When a person develops active TB (disease), the symptoms (cough, fever, night sweats, weight loss etc.) may be mild for many months. This can lead to delays in seeking care, and results in transmission of the bacteria to others. People ill with TB can infect up to 10-15 other people through close contact over the course of a year. Without proper treatment up to two thirds of people ill with TB will die.

Treatment

TB is a treatable and curable disease. Active, drug-sensitive TB disease is treated with a standard six-month course of four antimicrobial drugs that are provided with information, supervision and support to the patient by a health worker or trained volunteer. Without such supervision and support, treatment adherence can be difficult and the disease can spread. The vast majority of TB cases can be cured when medicines are provided and taken properly.

Lets work together to STOP TB IN OUR LIFE TIME!

 

 

 

 

 

AgriAcademy

The heart of the agricultural academy is to develop farmers in Biblical principles, preparing them to run their farming activities from a business perspective. This is done through training, mentoring and direct work application.

Context

Nationwide poverty has driven many people from the rural areas to the urban areas to look for work. The rural areas have fertile, arable land but are underutilized because of a lack of understanding of business and how to plant on a large scale. In addition to this are the following factors that impact on existing farming initiatives:

  • Tribal superstition clouding Christian values, collective- as opposed to personal-accountability resulting in poor work ethic;
  • Lack of adequate training and mentorship;
  • No access to support services;
  • No access to, and limited knowledge of markets;
  • Economic colonialism – developed countries securing long-term tenure to African soil and resources;
  • Corruption;
  • First world farming subsidies;
  • A decline in Development capital inflow due to unsustainable development in the past.

Reason for existence

To invest in the lives of potential Agri-business entrepreneurs and employees, through training, mentorship and support within a structured Christian environment, which exposes them to all the principles of Godly business and sustainable Agricultural production. This will provide them with a solid entrepreneurial foundation and provide a springboard for their first venture, thus providing them with hope and a future.

Programme Outline

The range of programme activities is aimed at currently under- or unemployed individuals from township areas. They are typically poorly educated and face a myriad of social problems. Despite the context in which they find themselves, we believe they have the potential to grow into positions of self-sustenance and provision for others.

Training:

Provide a foundation for employment in the agricultural sector Soft skills training
Addressing the poverty mindset
Business basics
Agribusiness basics

Mentoring:

Prepare entrepreneurs for the launch of their agri-business. Direct mentorship in the development of business idea and plan
Direct mentorship in community development principles

Work application:

Provide work experience and awareness of business requirements and opportunities.
Daily application in various agribusinesses – both directly and indirectly related
Internships/job shadowing in agricultural value chain businesses

Business launch and support:

Provide input and support to entrepreneurs as they launch their agribusiness.
Facilitation of startup loan for entrepreneur
Onsite evaluation of agri-business plan
Ongoing support of entrepreneur
Increased development through technology

The Intended Outcome

Through the academy, it is envisioned that farmers return to their home town to develop sustainable agri-businesses. As a result of their improved work ethic, business and agricultural skills, they should be a shining light in their communities. They will be able to speak with authority and credibility into their neighbors’ farming activities and lives. Rather than rely on a centralized training base, it is planned that the trainees share their knowledge with the neighboring farmers. In this way, the increase in employment, economic development and the Gospel can spread beyondLiving Way’s direct contact.

For more information contact Richard Lundie on +27 21 785 2597

 

Mens Outreach

On the 6th of March, the new men’s outreach program was addressed to the men of Living Hope. We wanted to get feedback from these men to see what reasons they had for why men out in the communities do not access the free clinics to get tested. We had a handful of questions asked about why its important to access healthcare to how often do you personally access healthcare. Then we had them come up with solutions to fix these problems. It was all about brainstorming and getting their opinions heard. We talked about the worldly view of men and ended with God’s view of men. The feedback received from this first brainstorming meeting was very good.

Below are a few of our men at the brainstorming session.

 

Mens Outreach

Our Life Skill Education program depends heavily on funding from our D.A.D. campaign (for more information on how to become a D.A.D, pleaes see below) now let us introduce you to our wonderful Life Skills Educators who are able to serve the children and teens in the CAPRICORN and OVERCOME HEIGHTS areas because of your partnership with us.

 

(From top down: Stacey, Meagen, Eliza, Shelby, Ilana and Jenifer)