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A new mother supported

This story is from Thembisa Niomana, one of our Mentor Mothers. Thembisa found a 23 year old new mother-to-be in her area who was very close to delivery. She was new to the area and had only recently found out that she was HIV positive. Thembisa visited her regularly to help her come to terms with her HIV status and prepare her for the birth of her first child. Her baby was born in April 2014 and weighed just 1310g. Thembisa visited her often to help her exclusively breastfeed her child, and to speak to her about the importance of kangaroo mother care, and the ...

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Going back to school

Last year, our OVC team identified a 16 year old orphaned girl, Emihle Yola, who is currently living with her older brother. She was previously attending school in Mitchell’s Plain but since her mother’s death, she had been unable to pay the transport fees to go to school and had also not paid school fees. As a result, she dropped out of school when she was 14. She was too fearful to speak to her teachers about her situation and scared that they would be angry that she couldn’t pay her school fees. Nomvuzo, one of our OVC fieldworkers, spent time with her, ...

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Asanda’s Story  

In 2008 Asanda* found out that she was pregnant, she was 22 at the time and had just moved to Cape Town from Klerksdorp to live with her father and two brothers.

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A Home Birth

Nomawisa Khontyo, a Philani Mentor Mother, had been visiting an un-booked pregnant woman in her area for several months. An un-booked mother is a mother that has not been to see a health professional at a clinic about her pregnancy.

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Three abandoned children

Last month Babalwa’s Mfuleni, one of our Mentor Mothers, was awarded a certificate for exceptional work performance specifically for the actions that she took to assist three young children in the Site C area of Khayalitsha.

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