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.
Over 1300 orphaned children were given food parcels, clothing and other assistance. Volunteers look at the needs of each orphan and give them help in their specific need. Philani Support Group also has a drop-in centre where orphans and foster parents can come and share their problems and needs. Philani gives behaviour-change workshops which are educational programs on life skills, sexuality, emotional development and trauma healing. During school holidays the volunteers organize outings, picnics and camps for those children who wander the streets during school holidays.
In 2004 the Mayor of Johannesburg Mr. Amos Masondo visited Philani and its volunteers and distributed food parcels on that day.
Philani Orphan Care also received a Certificate of Recognition for services rendered to the Citizens of Johannesburg Regions 1 & 2.
Home Based Care
Philani Support Group is also involved in visiting the sick at home. More than 1113 home visits are done annually. Apart from basic hygiene care, volunteers also counsel the sick as well as the affected family.
Philani is very serious about its mission in breaking the silence. The heart beat of the organization’s education concentrates on positive living as well as the de-stigmatizing of HIV and Aids. This is an entry point into Philani and people are counseled and encouraged to change their behaviour. Most of the volunteers first came to the support group having very little or no hope of making it another month. Now they are smiling again at the future. Volunteers are often asked to give motivational talks in schools and churches and they also visit shebeens where a lot of reckless behaviour happens.
- Provincial Department of Social Services
- Provincial Department of Health
- Old Mutual
- Formula 1 Hotel Group
- Rotary Club Edenvale
- Rotary Interact Sagewood School
- MSC Promotion Office
- MSC HIV/Aids Response
- Holy Rosary Parish Edenvale
- Holy Rosary Parish Ivory Park