Bethelsdorp-based non-profit organisation, We Care, continues to uplift the destitute Northern Area’s communities of Nelson Mandela Bay nine years since inception. With the assistance of seven volunteers, founding members Pastor Donovan and Ashlene Arends are at the forefront community development initiatives which include feeding schemes, health care and skills development programmes as well as youth and senior citizen interventions.
“Our initiatives aim to empower impoverished communities to become self-sufficient, health conscious and have a range of skills. We encourage community members, be it persons infected and affected HIV/AIDS, youth, women and senior citizens to participate in our programmes,” says Arends.
Acting as a substitute for normally overcrowded clinics, We Care’s Health Care Centrum provides the community with primary health care services which includes: family planning, voluntary counselling and testing, Tuberculosis awareness programmes and other health and wellness services. The Health Care Centrum was launched in 2012 and is accredited by the Health Department as a non-medical/Anti Retro Viral (ARV) site.
Included in We Care’s healthcare initiative is a home-based care programme that offers hygiene and heath care services to senior citizens and individuals who are bed ridden or do not have the strength to make it to the centrum. Care givers have been recruited within the local community and trained by the We Care team.
Besides health care