Our Ubuntu Project was established in 2012, in partnership with Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctors Without Borders) and the Khayelitsha clinic.
It allows us to provide an innovative and alternative patient support programme, catering for children living with HIV and who receive anti-retroviral treatment at the clinic. The programme delivers activities that create a fun environment as a base for children to play and learn. Sessions are facilitated by instructors who aim to create a sense of belonging and display support; deliver memorable experiences to instil a positive association with clinic visits, and thereby encouraging treatment adherence. Through the sessions, we are able to highlight the need to maintain good physical health and fitness. With the support of some of our sponsors we were able to provide healthy snacks and fresh fruit after sessions, which emphasised the importance of good nutrition. Our presence also meant much-needed helpful support and relief for parents and caregivers.
Zip Zap instructors have been forging strong relationships with the staff at the clinic, such that nurses encourage parents and caregivers to entrust their children to our instructors so they can join in the FUN! In fact, some children enjoyed the sessions so much that they attended the workshops outside of their scheduled appointments to the clinic, and even recruited friends to participate in the workshops.
Six participants who displayed dedication and perseverance throughout the year were invited to join the Beginners youth programme.
“My child keeps on asking when we are going to the clinic again, because of the fun play Zip Zap brings to the clinic.”