The centre is a Drop In facility situated in Warwick Junction where approximately 500 000 commuters can access HIV Counselling and Testing, Counselling, Training, and Homeopathy. It also has an Educare facility for the children of the Warwick Market street vendors. Services are rendered daily - Monday to Saturday.
The HCT site
This is the largest of the programmes at Ukuba Nesibindi, and continues to serve the Ethekwini community by offering counselling and testing for HIV and AIDS to all. Throughout the testing and counselling process, our staff offer clients compassion and confidentiality with a maximum waiting period of ten to fifteen minutes before results are received. This ensures the maintenance of each clients dignity and minimising of trauma throughout.
Outreach HCT is increasing monthly. The support Group for those affected and infected with HIV and AIDS was very active at the beginning of the year under the leadership of Thokele Majola but has not been functioning as well recently for a variety of reasons:
The Educare centre provides an early childhood development programme for 25 children between the ages of two to six years. The centre is diverse, catering for children from different backgrounds and different African countries. Wendy Shabalala and Xolile Ngubane are employed as teachers at the Educare centre
There were two successful parents’ meetings held this year where the teachers and parents raised concerns, shared ideas and looked at the children’s progress. An outing to Mitchell Park in May proved to be a very stimulating experience for the children. The children participated in a successful Youth Day celebration on 15 June hosted by the Child and Youth Care Programme at the Durban University of Technology. It was wonderful to see the parents attend the event as well.
Four first year students from the Child and Youth Care programme at DUT did a three week block practical training in May at the Educare Centre. In addition six youth work and community engagement students from Leeds Metropolitan University who were on an exchange programme in the Child and Youth Care Programme at DUT were involved in a few days of practical work at the Educare centre. This proved to be a valuable learning experience for the students. One of the residences at DUT donated clothes and food parcels to the children as their community engagement project.
Monthly supervision meetings are held between Fathima Dewan (project coordinator) and the two teachers. This has proved beneficial as it is used as a forum to share ideas, raise concerns and seek advice..
Office Line 031 303 1344
Crisis Line 031 312 2323