Mbekweni Community Development Centre [Paarl]
A poor, rural community on the outskirts of the Paarl wine farming
area, Mbekweni is a place of wide spread unemployment, apart from
during the grape picking season. Poverty and malnutrition are rife
and there is a high incidence of HIV and AIDS, made worse by the
lack of adequate nutrition.
Community Development Centre assists those affected by or infected
with HIV and AIDS through the provision of food – a vegetable garden
provides a sustainable source of healthy food, food parcels are distributed
to those most in need, and there is a soup kitchen that ensures hungry
children receive at least one nutritious meal a day.
Volunteer carers have been trained to support those on anti-retrovirals,
and to raise awareness of HIV/AIDS. Another effective AIDS awareness
programme has trained 24 school children to act as Peer Group Educators