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GAGA Project - 1000 Hills Community Helpers

1000 Hills Community Helpers

1000 Hills Community Helpers (1000 HCH) was established in 1989 initially as a community feeding programme, which took place under a tree. Now through the hard work and dedication of the founder, Dawn Leppan and her supporters, 1000 Hills Community Helpers has established a Community Centre which offers medical support, education to young and old, a full tummy, a safe place to be for thousands of people and so much more. 1000 HCH was created in response to the needs of the community still during the apartheid government.

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1000 Hills Community Helpers

Dawn Leppan was moved to action after seeing the political strife and devastation of families in the local community of the Valley of 1000 Hills, resulting from the political unrest post- independence. In 1989 this heart-breaking scenario inspired Alan Paton - author of 'Cry the Beloved Country' - and Dawn to start up a community feeding programme. This was first held in the open air under the trees in the Inchanga area, and then moved from there into St. Theresa's Catholic Church.

In 1990 it was realised that community members were in need of medical assistance due to the impact of HIV/AIDS-related illnesses. It was then decided to start up a basic clinic and an infant nutritional programme. Medical volunteers were sought to assist in carrying this burden. They were fortunate to gain the assistance of some eminent medical professionals including Prof. Mickle, a paediatrician, who joined the work of 1000 HCH, along with five registered nursing sisters. From that first project, this vision has grown to provide essential services to the people in the form of health care, education, infant care and HIV/AIDS awareness.

Henceforth, the 1000 Hills Community Helpers Community Centre was born.

Watch a short doumentary about 1000 Hills Community Helpers - Filmed by Carte Blanche.

Eventually in 2008 they constructed their own community care centre, comprising a health and wellness clinic, children’s infirmary, preschool and other developmental facilities.

GAGA first started supporting 1000 Hill Community Helpers after a visit in 2010, and it is a relationship which has continued to strengthen. We have worked with 1000 HCH in many areas of its project, from transport needs to educational needs. The majority of our support is, however, dedicated to the on-site and outreach clinics.

Since 2011, our corporate sponsors, Citadel Risk, have supported 1000 Hills Community Helpers’ Free Clinic channelled through GAGA.

 

Health Care Clinic

Health Care Clinic

1000 Hills Community Helpers Primary Healthcare Clinic runs five days a week, from 7am to 4pm. They are fortunate enough to have a resident Sister and Doctor available at the clinic during the week and in case of emergencies during the weekends.

Mondays and Wednesdays: Clinic days for the elderly.

Tuesdays: Infant/children nutrition and clinic days.

Thursdays: Open clinic days, when the entire medical volunteer staff attendthe centre and give a helping hand.

Fridays: HIV/AIDS support group gather and receive medication and spiritual/holistic support and counselling.

To date the clinic has seen thousands of patients from the local community:  infants, children, men, women, and the elderly. Much emphasis has been placed on educating patients, especially regarding issues related to HIV/AIDS such as nutrition, hygiene, STD's, family planning, etc.

A  fully equipped 4x4 rural ambulance is on hand - donated by Rotary International -  manned by qualified medical staff and ready 24 hours/7 days a week for emergency callouts.

Home-Based Carers

Home-Based Carers

Many local residents are in need of primary health care on a day-to-day basis. Most people are placed in a position where they are unable to travel to their local medical facility for treatment. This is largely due to the fact that they are immobile because of HIV/AIDS related illnesses.

The need for Care-Givers in a Home-Based Care environment has become a vital cog in the fight against HIV/AIDS within recent years. With the correct training and education, Care-Givers fulfil an important role in the fragile healthcare system as they are usually the first to detect and treat secondary infections and illness related to HIV/AIDS.

HIV/AIDS infected patients are counselled by Care-Givers, and bedridden patients are very often taken care of by the Care-Givers themselves as they are still prone to become victims of discrimination and are stigmatized by their local communities.

Over 100 community leaders, volunteers and resource-centre staff have been trained as 'barefoot' social workers to help provide assistance to Orphans and Vulnerable Children (OVC's) in conjunction with Nurturing Orphans of AIDS for Humanity (NOAH).

Feeding Scheme

Feeding Scheme

1000 Hills Community Helper’s kitchen is open five days a week, Monday to Friday, and serves two meals a day - breakfast and lunch. Throughout each year more than 100,000 plates of food are served to those who visit the centre, to include clinic patients and school children. The monthly number of plates served has grown considerably due to economic hardships and recession.

(Yes, even the poor in South Africa suffer from the worldwide economic situation.)

Community members on medication are also in need of a meal when they visit our clinic as some medication cannot be digested on an empty stomach.

A well-organised and tended vegetable garden within the community centre's premises supplies the kitchen with fresh green vegetables on a daily basis. Local community members are also taught the value of self-sustainability and are always encouraged to start and maintain their own vegetable gardens

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