Topsy creates positive change in the lives of orphaned and vulnerable children
Topsy empowers families and communities to improve the care and protection of all children made vulnerable by the HIV and AIDS epidemic.
Although all our programmes are child-centred, the overall aims of the organisation are to strengthen families and the community as well as result in the involvement of more community members by creating a sense of ownership and long-term sustainability.
The focus of the programme is to offer relief services to people and families in underserved rural communities in Mpumalanga. This area, often referred to as a forgotten part of the country due to its scant infrastructure and lack of large-scale industry, is home to several large rural communities. The Topsy Foundation is the only organisation of its kind with an active presence in these communities.
The holistic care of orphaned and vulnerable children
Physical support is offered through the provision of food parcels, school uniforms and other essential items on a monthly basis.Individual and community vegetable gardens are also established.
Paediatric support groups, adult support groups and individual counselling sessions are offered. Activities would include assistance to access grants and referrals for statutory placements.
Our trained professional nurse and community health care workers assist with home-based care services. Our medical officer and other trained medical staff also assist with x-rays, sonars, growth monitoring and HIV counselling and testing.
Academic monitoring and assistance is provided for pre-schools, primary schools and high schools. Assistance with tertiary education is also offered.
Spiritual support is offered through specific vacation programmes and lifeskills mini projects.
Strengthen the economy of families through beadwork and sewing skills training and support in income generation for further self-sufficiency.
Mpumalanga, South Africa
Our community health care workers are based in the Grootvlei and Siyathemba communities in the Gert Sibande District in Mpumalanga. The Gert Sibande District has the highest HIV prevalence rate in the country.