Since the first Philani Center was established in Crossroads in 1979, Philani has grown to respond to the needs and wishes of the communities we serve and is now operating:
- Five Nutrition Rehabilitation Centers in Crossroads, Brown’s Farm, and (in Khayelitsha) Site C, Site B and Mayibuye on the outskirts of Cape Town.
- A home-based child health and nutrition rehabilitation programme, called Philani Outreach, which at present serves more than 4,500 families with malnourished children.
- A Mother-to-Be Programme, aiming to improve birth outcomes, decrease the number of children born with a low birth weight and prevent the transmission of mother-to-child HIV.
- A research project undertaken in partnership with the University of California and the University of Stellenbosch to evaluate the effectiveness of the Outreach and Mother-to-Be home-based intervention programmes.
- A Home Based Care Programme for chronically ill, bedridden adults and those on treatment for chronic diseases such as HIV/AIDS, TB, diabetes and cancer.
- A Breast Feeding Programme which promotes and encourages new mothers to breast feed their babies.
- An HIV/AIDS education, care, and support program integrated into all Philani’s programmes.
- A program for orphans and vulnerable children addressing the specific challenges faced by child- and grandmother-led households.
- Six craft skills training centres - one at each Nutrition Rehabilitation Centre and one at the Development Centre.
- A self-employment craft centre with income-generating projects and a shop. The aim of the programme is to help women be economically independent thus enabling them to have more control over their lives.
- Eight pre-school classes - one at each Nutrition Rehabilitation Centre and three at the Philani Development Centre in Khayelitsha.
- A scholarship programme for young women who want to continue their education or who need support during a time of illness.
- The Desmond Tutu Scholarship Fund for young mothers acknowledging their commitment to their families and enabling them to pursue employment or skills training.
- CHOSA Philani Family Fund, a house building program for destitute families on the Outreach Programme.
- A dental clinic offering preventative and curative oral health care to children involved in Philani’s programmes.