Factoid: 29.4% of the South African population is said to be living with HIV/AIDS. In 2009, 330,000 under-15-year-olds were living with HIV, a figure that has almost doubled since 2001.
The HIV/AIDS epidemic is responsible for half of the country’s orphans, and an estimated 1.9 million AIDS orphans have one or both deceased parents. Orphans often put pressure on older relatives who become their primary carers; they may have to relocate from their familiar neighbourhood; and siblings may be split apart, all of which can harm their development.
Project Managers: Andras Namenyi
In South Africa, half of all new HIV-AIDS infections is amongst teenagers. As a part of the fight against the HIV/AIDS pandemic in the country, staff of Namenyi Project Hope (formerly "Matumaini Project Hope") holds AIDS awareness seminars for the students of many rural area schools around Durban.
In addition to education, there is little debate as to the integral part that nutrition plays in HIV prevention, treatment and mitigation. Namenyi Project Hope undertakes feeding programs in schools, orphanages and clinics where a high percentage of the children are impacted by AIDS, delivering healthy food on a regular basis (fruit, vegetables, meat, and bread).
Namenyi Project Hope also assists rural area schools in becoming self-sufficient as far as food is concerned, by training them to grow and harvest high nutrition vegetables like spinach or cabbage. The vegetable is added to the daily soup ration customarily fed to school children in primary and secondary schools. Crops grown in vegetable tunnels are largely protected against climatic extremes, as well as free from insect attack and other destructive blight. Most importantly, the yield can be 8 times more than it would be in an open plot. Each food tunnel costs $270 and each set of seedlings provides 12-14 harvests, after which the only further investment is the cost of new seedlings.
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