Ethembeni Community Organisation was established in 2001, in Hankey Eastern Cape. Their vision is to bring hope to families affected by HIV/AIDS and TB in the Natal Midlands by providing comprehensive and gender-specific care and prevention services.
Levels of unemployment are high in Ethembeni with the majority of the working community members accessing seasonal work while most are unemployed.
The community is faced with social issues such as poverty, unemployment, teenage pregnancies, alcohol abuse, malnutrition of children and ever-increasing incidence of HIV/AIDS and Orphaned and Vulnerable Children (OVC
The Residential Care Centre (another place of hope) cares for AIDS and TB patients who are in need of intensive palliative care. There are four hospital-type beds set up in the two bedrooms.
Each patient is either nursed back to health through correct nutrition and monitoring of medication intake by qualified nurses or is allowed to die in a dignified way. Miracles happen every day in all of Ethembeni’s programmes.
Starfish currently assists Ethembeni in providing school uniforms, stationery and educational toys to the children as well as food parcels for the community. A major portion of the funding is aimed at capacity building and supporting operational costs