Hillcrest AIDS Centre Trust Projects

Poverty Alleviation

Chicken and egg projects

We work with members of our granny support groups, training grannies on how to manage chicken and egg projects.

Clothing Scheme

20 families make a weekly income through our clothing scheme. People donate clothes that they no longer want or need to us, and we sort those clothes into bags each week.

Community Vegetable Gardens

In order to assist families who are affected by HIV/AIDS, we help them to start vegetable gardens.  We have also started gardens in schools and for community groups. The gardens allow families or schools to grow their own vegetables and become food-secure.

Feeding Scheme

We provide food parcels twice a month to 40 families who have no other form of income and no way of accessing food. We view this as a short-term intervention designed to meet an immediate crisis – hunger.

Granny Support Groups

Gogos (grannies in isiZulu) are some of the community members most harshly affected by the HIV/AIDS pandemic.

School Support Fund

In recent years, a new government policy of providing free education, stationary and books has been initiated in the provinces’ poorest communities, which has had an impact upon the School Support Fund.


Counselling and Testing

We have a team of counsellors who conduct roughly 600 HIV tests per month at various locations including our out-patients department, within our Respite Unit, out in the community, and at work-places.

Home-Based Care

We provide stipends to 20 home-based carers who work in their communities to provide basic medical care to 460 HIV positive patients.

Outpatients Clinic

Our outpatient clinic is staffed by nurses and provides free primary healthcare, including HIV testing, CD4 counts, blood pressure, blood sugar, urine testing, BMI, chest x-rays and general health checks.

Respite Unit

Our onsite 24-bed Respite Unit, called Othandweni (place of love), provides recovery, palliative and respite care to people with advanced stages of AIDS.


HIV Education

Our Counselling Department make presentations about HIV/AIDS, TB and other related topics at work-places, churches and hostels.

Schools Programmes

Our Education Department delivers two core programmes aimed at educating school children about HIV/AIDS: Life Skills and Peer Education.

Income Generation

Plant Nursery

Our on-site plant nursery Izingadi Zethemba (Gardens of Hope), established in 2003, sells mainly indigenous plants and also plant and decorative pots.

Second Hand Stores

We have an onsite second hand bookstore and a white elephant second hand goods stores. People donate us their second hand books and household items, and we sell them at a very minimal cost to our staff, patients and community members.

Woza Moya Craft Store

Woza Moya, our well-known onsite craft store, aims to empower and uplift people infected with and affected by HIV/AIDS to become economically self-sufficient through the production of crafts within their own environment.  The project’s main aim is to teach craft skills to individ