68 year-old Thangiwe Khanyeza lives in the Valley of 1000 Hills community of KwaNyuswa. Here, Thangiwe is not only the matriarch of her large family of seven children and eight grandchildren, but the much loved and respected leader of her local gogo support group which is one of 68 currently forming part of HACT's Gogo Support Groups programme.
“What counts in life is not the mere fact that we have lived. It is what difference we have made to the lives of others that will determine the significance of the life we lead.” – Nelson Mandela
Mandela Day calls on us all, every day, to make the world a better place…
This Mandela Day (Thursday, 18th July 2019), HACT is inviting everyone to help us make the world a better place by giving just 67 minutes of service in support of those impacted by HIV/AIDS.
Every day, HACT’s Respite Unit helps those who are desperately ill to regain their health so they can return home to their families. And it is often the thought of their families that gives our patients the strength to fight as is the case with 55 year-old Michael who was re-admitted to our Unit in January this year.
Over 1000 grandmothers (gogos) are in training for HACT’s annual Gogolympics event which is taking place on Friday, the 26th April 2019 at the Molweni Sports Ground. This 1-day sporting extravaganza will see local grandmothers from across the Valley of 1000 Hills compete in soccer, netball, sprint relays and other games.
Next month the HACT team is very excited to be launching its new Goals 4 Life project which will educate, inspire and support over 200 vulnerable children and young people living in rural communities situated directly along the Comrades Marathon route through the universal appeal of soccer.
Thank you to all those runners who have been donating their old ASA and race numbers over the past few months for our Recycled Race Numbers Campaign. We have since produced over 550 pencil bags which have been distributed to children in need via HACT’s Life Skills programme!
A reminder that our team can also custom-make any unique commemorative items for you using your old numbers. For more info, please contact Claire at email@example.com
Soka Mngadi (pictured far right) lives in KwaNyuswa in the Valley of 1000 Hills with his family. The 64 year-old retired four years ago having worked in Durban as a landscaper and maintenance worker for many years. Over the past 14 months, Soka has been on a self-proclaimed journey of discovery, a journey which has consequently brought him much closer to both his three children and four grandchildren.
For 31 year-old Zodwa Ncgobo, beading has become so much more than a creative pastime, it’s a labour of love that has helped her to single-handedly support her family…
Thabo* was born HIV positive at birth and at age 15, was recently admitted to HACT’s Respite Unit. Weak and underweight, the young teen has severely stunted growth and an air of worry about him. Whilst all his friends have recently gone back to school, Thabo now has to remain in the Unit until he has regained his strength.
Thabo can’t remember when he first started taking ART (antiretroviral treatment) but he defaulted in 2006 for the first time because his gogo (granny), who was looking after him at the time, stopped taking him to the clinic.