Category: Community Initiatives

Tags: OC Africa

Date: Sunday, 15 June, 2014

OC Africa serves the home-based caregivers of the Tsaoranang Development Project in Finetown, South Africa

OC Africa is involved with the Tsaoranang "Joining Hands" Development Project in Finetown, South Africa.

The Tsaoranang Development Project began in 2006, to address the vast health care needs in the community of Finetown. The project is under the "umbrella" of Pastor Terrance "Wessie" Wessels of Uniting Reformed Church of Ennerdale, South Africa.

Finetown is an informal settlement located 40 km south of Johannesbug. Finetown was once a lower-class community of coloured South African citizens. However, after the end of Apartheid, people began moving from rural areas to urban areas to find work. People began squatting on the land surrounding Finetown and soon began squatting on Finetown property.

Today, Finetown is considered the most impoverished and least integrated area in the Johannesburg region. 70 percent of the Finetown population is unemployed.  40 percent of the population is under the age of 18. And 26 percent are stricken with HIV/AIDS.

Currently, 23 Home Based Care-givers from the Tsaoranang Development Project volunteer their time each day from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. to care for the sick in this community. The job of the care-giver is to visit HIV/AIDS, TB-infected and other infirmed and bedridden patients in their homes. The care-givers confirm that their patients are taking their prescribed medication. In addition, the Tsoranang Care-Givers provide critical assistance in the home. They bathe the patients, clean their homes, as well as encourage and bring hope to those who most need it.

The most difficult part of being a Home Based Care-giver is the fact that they have very little money of their own and therefore are unable to acquire medication and food for their patients' needs. The patients themselves cannot afford the most basic medication. Often the patients do not have food, which is essential for taking their HIV/AIDS and TB medications.

The availability of basic medication and supplies would change the lives of those who are HIV-infected in Finetown, especially those patients who are bedridden.

The Tsaoranang Development Project project is in need of basic supplies;

  • Adult Diapers
  • Linen Savers
  • Soap
  • Disinfectant
  • Ointment
  • Medical Gloves
  • Toilet Paper
  • Pain Tablets
  • Cough Syrup
  • Basic Food Items
  • And More….

OC Africa has identified the Tsaoranang Development Project as one of their community initiatives. As the Home-Based Caregivers address the needs of the sick and hurting, OC Africa desires to share the love of Christ with them too. OC Africa encourages them with God’s word through devotions, worship, love, and relationship. OC Africa offers training workshops on HIV and AIDS and counseling skills as well. 

If you are interested in providing assistance, offering resources, or making a donation to the Tsaoranang Development Project, please contact Jenny Teichert.