HIV and Life Skills Education
HIV and life skills education programs empower children with the tools and knowledge they need to care for themselves. Education sessions and workshops about how best to care for youth who are HIV-positive are also provided to caregivers and members of the greater Khayelitsha community.
$150 helps provide UBA’s children with empowering educational tools!
Silvester Maytile, Ubuntu Africa’s Youth Educator
As part of the comprehensive care component at UBA, everybody here seems to have multiple roles combined into one. What do you see as your role?
My role here…my role here I would say is that I want to change the lives of these kids, I want to make sure that they get what they want and that they fulfill these dreams, to bring back that hope and that self esteem. When they come in here they have very low self esteem—people don’t identify between AIDS and HIV positive—so [it is about] giving them that hope again. The very important thing is love and support, when you know that there is someone that loves you and someone that can speak to your life.
Some of them are staying with foster parents [and] they have questions they cannot even ask. If you open up to them, if [they have] that freedom to ask you any question, it makes a difference.
Monday I do weekend stories [where the kids talk in a group about their weekends], and find out if there is anything that needs counseling. Tuesday and Wednesday are education days, Thursday is sports day and Friday is recreation.
In your experience, have you found that Khayelitsha community supports UBA and its work?
Well first, in the community there is only one organization that is doing what we’re doing—Ubuntu Africa is the first organization that is doing this in the community. 75% if the people think that we’re doing a great job and 25% still have a stigma against the kids. We do get the support, but still not as much as we wished. It will take time. I think there is more education that is needed about HIV and AIDS—[people think] if they have an HIV positive person : ‘I’ll be infected.’ If we give them education, then they can understand.