'Ikhaya Lempilo' is a Xhosa word that means 'house of wellness'.
The Ikhaya Lempilo programme started in 2008 when the need for a 24 hour facility for HIV/Aids patients was identified. An eight bed house was built and for a period of five years a much needed service was delivered to the broader community (watch this video and remember those days). At the end of 2013 the world of HIV/Aids however changed to such an extent that it was decided to alter the programme and use the space to make a difference in terms of broader wellness, especially by addressing the root causes of HIV/Aids in a holistic manner.
The registered nurse (Tracey Smith), who managed Ikhaya Lempilo since 2008, is now managing the wellness programme. The knowledge, skill, equipment and Legacy’s access to a network of other organisations are made available to the community. A pastoral counsellor (Susan van der Spuy), who uses her skills (including play therapy) to the advantage of the staff and the children, is also a member of the ‘Wellness Team’.
This programme focuses on:
Emotional wellness, especially via trainings
Spiritual wellness – through Ndiyathandwa as well as Transforming Youth, a Friday evening programme for the seniors.
Parents as Partners
The mentoring programme that equip the facilitators to be role models to the learners at all times.
The wellness of the students
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