In the province of Kwaza-Natal - Durban, South Africa, incidence of infection from HIV/AIDS is growing at an alarming rate. We visited the Hillcrest AIDSCentre Trust (founded by a Methodist Church - more info at http://www.hillaids.org.za) to understand how they are helping work with HIV positive patients in Durban.
Julie Hornby, CEO of Hillcrest AIDS Centre Trust spoke to us about the 40 to 60% infection rate in the province, how many people they test per month, the respite ministry and home based care project. In the respite care unit 54% of those admitted go home well - they are careful not to call this a "hospice" program for fear the patients will feel they need to die.
The mission of the Hillcrest AIDS Centre is to show the unconditional love of Jesus in a practical and sustaining way through things like incoming generation projects and feeding plans. They are not just offering a hand out, but a hand up. The feeding plan includes a horticulture project which teaches the participants how to grow vegetables at home.
Lovel Salvie, is a Volunteer in the "beading" program this is an income generating program with over 200 particpants who do "beading" to create Christmas ornaments, jewelry and tableware. Ordering info for these crafts can be found here: