Community Development is about meeting the needs of the poor through selfless love and service. It is the foundation for everything we do. We believe that “what we do for the least of people, we do for Jesus” Matthew 25:40
Our Home Based Care initiative came out of seeing the effects of sickness, especially HIV and TB within the poorer communities. A fear of disease prevents the family members of the sick from caring for the patients. A sick person would often be hidden away in the back of a shack, in the dark, malnourished, hopeless and alone.
The Ikhaya Le Themba Carers strive to bring back hope and joy into the home, providing basic medical care and showing love. They teach the families to care for their sick and needy, as well as providing nutrition, rehabilitation, prayer and discipleship. The aim is to bring both physical and spiritual healing within a family. We continue to see many miracles, with patients restored to health and given new life in Jesus.
“For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve.” Mark 10:45
Our Community Pantry initiative originated out of the work with the Home Based Care patients, who needed more than just wound dressings and physical rehabilitation. Through it, we focus on “whole patient” care, seeing to the household and nutritional needs of the patients, as well as their families.
Regular distribution of donations to those who are physically unable to help themselves and are vulnerable to starvation and malnutrition form a big part of this project. The Community Pantry distributes donations from Woolworths and Debonairs, as well as Hungry Tummy packs which feeds a family of 4. We also maintain and repair the shacks of community members where necessary, and help to dispense excess household goods that are donated to the Thrift Store.
The Community Pantry provides a meal for the Granny Group at their weekly support meetings and the soup kitchen which provides soup to the patients and others in need on a daily basis.
“We must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he himself said ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.” Acts 20:35
The Gogo Groups (Gogo means “granny” in Xhosa) that we run once a week in Khayelitsha help older community members to connect and share their burdens. Often these ladies are breadwinners and caretakers of their families and they have heavy loads to carry. Ikhaya Le Themba ensures that we support their physical, as well as their emotional needs. Sharing the word of God, creating unity and fellowship, as well as providing a platform for counselling and building stronger relationships within the community.
“She opens her mouth with wisdom, and the teaching of kindness is on her tongue.” Proverbs 31:26
Many of our Home Based Carers witness traumatising events when caring for their patients. Cases of sexual abuse, violence and aggression are difficult for them to process.
Our Care for the Carer Group provides an intimate support system that they need to voice and deal with these traumatic experiences. The Carers are able to share their feelings and thoughts with others who have been through similar experiences, relieving their burdens and processing it together. We also use this time to encourage our Carers from Scripture, strengthening them for whatever lies ahead.
“God, who comforts us in our entire affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.” 2 Corinthians 1:3-4