MSC Projects: Gauteng
Please visit our various projects on this page. By clicking on the "Read More" button you can expand the page to reveal more information about the project. Please aslo visit our projects in the Photo Gallery where you will find a photo album with photos from the project you have selected.
On 12 January 2008 we arrived in Tembisa township after a long journey from Ireland via Cape Town. The four weeks we spent working at Tshwaranang Orphan and Vulnerable Children's Centre, Ebony Park were among the happiest and most challenging times of our lives. We will never forget the warm welcome we received from the community at church on the first Sunday.
Sithand’izingane Care Group
Our slogan is: “Let the little children come to me” – and this is our response … This is our way of relieving children from the psychological and emotional stress they experience from living in poverty stricken families and from the HIV/Aids pandemic.
Sithand’izingane Care Group was founded in 2000. The Sithand'izingane Care Project, started by St. Paul's Catholic Church in Tsakane and St. Martin de Porres Catholic Church in Geluksdal, Brakpan, is a community-based, community-run ministry to needy children and families — especially those affected by HIV/AIDS, which has swept through Sub-Sahara Africa with deadly force. Both are MSC parishes where MSC priests have been serving the communities over the years: Fr. Tom Duane, Fr. Martin Morrissey, Fr. Eugene Clarkson and Fr. Joseph Wilson.
Philani Support Group
PHILANI was founded in October 2001 by a group of people living with HIV and Aids. They realized that they were sidelined by the community regarding jobs, religion and association. The founders main aim was ‘to break the silence’ regarding the secrecy surrounding HIV and Aids. The past years have been very challenging to Philani as the needs of people to support grew on a daily basis.
Philani is involved in Orphan Care, Home Based Care and Education in Ivory Park and surrounding townships in Midrand. Most of its staff and volunteers are themselves HIV positive.
MSC HIV/Aids Response
We MSC (Missionarii Sacratisimi Cordis) see the heart of Christ as a symbol of God’s love. Faith in the power of love motivates us to serve humankind everywhere. We strive to be attentive to human needs and aspirations, respecting the desire of a person for love, freedom and justice. We reach out to those who suffer, seek to identify the causes and discern a response in the light of the Gospel.