Among the institutions where Namenyi Project Hope provides food, clothes and counseling is the Ikhaya Lebomi ('Home of Life') AIDS hospice in the Valley of the 1000 Hills.
Before the onset of her illness, 'Rose' was a volunteer caregiver at Ikhaya Lebomi.
The Home of Life Hospice has three programs: Home Base Care and the AIDS Hospice, care for widows and orphans, and their volunteer ministry. Groups of women visit the homes in their own neighborhood to evaluate the situation in every home. If they find somebody sick, the case gets reported to the Hospice. These sick people are then visited and taken care of, or if necessary, arrangements for hospitalization are made. Due to their rural traditions, none of these Home Base Care workers earn a salary for what they are doing. Their dedication and motivation comes from their heart.
The Ikhaya Lebomi hospice also has "Open Days" which attract people from the surrounding area, many of them HIV positive, the majority of whom will likely end up back in this facility for a permanent stay. In an effort to offer hope and consolation, we put on a musical presentation for the Open Days.
A story that comes to mind is when we took some flowers to some patients as a special surprise: When Andras handed a bouquet of flowers to one of the older patients, curiously, he returned it to Andras after a short while. It turned out that this man had never been given flowers before. When he realized that he could keep the flowers by the side of the bed, he teared up at this simple gesture of kindness.
Namenyi Project Hope's continuing goal is to offer as much physical relief and spiritual comfort as possible, through donations and Scripture, to the desperate and discouraged people of the Durban area.
We tested an experimental treatment (INOCHI) at the AIDS hospice, documenting the results. The tests covered a number of patients for a period of 12 months. They had a full viral load blood test every 2 months to see how their bodies are reacting to the treatment. Our goal in documenting this experiment was to introduce this herbal alternative to the conventional anti-retro viral drugs that have so many side-affects.
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