By the time I met the people from Mfesane I had defaulted on my medication because the clinic was too far from my house. The Caregiver from Mfesane encouraged me to take my medication by organising transport for me. Since then I’m taking my medication regularly.
I am happy to be with Mfesane because they take care of me. If I have no food, they provide me with food parcels as well as a home based care kit. Now the caregiver is teaching me how to take care of myself by means of a food garden. I am also a member of the support group where I learn sewing and beading skills.
When I met the people from Mfesane, I stayed with my grandchildren, two twin boys and my daughter with her own two kids. During October 2011 my house caught fire while we were sleeping. Currently I’m using paraffin lamps and stoves as I don’t have electricity yet.
The Mfesane home based carer came to see my house, and provided me with clothes and some bedding/linen. Also curtains and food parcels. They helped me with a vegetable garden that gives me spinach, onion and beetroot. I appreciate the care and support I get from Mfesane.
I stay with my mother, brother and one of my sisters in Polor Park. My father passed away in 2000 with HIV/Aids. I was looking after him at that time, and I didn’t know about HIV/Aids. After my father’s death I discovered bad wounds all over my body. My mother and I went to the clinic to get tested for HIV/Aids and we found out that we were infected. I started to get sick, having running stomach, vomiting and diarrhea.
One day while I was sleeping, there was a knock on the door, and my mother opened. It was a caregiver from Mfesane. She said that her job was to look after sick people at their homes. When she saw me lying on the bed, she realised that I was very sick, and called an ambulance.
I was admitted at Livingstone for two weeks and put on a drip. When I came back, the caregivers visited to help me wash, as I was very weak. Mfesane went to the clinic every day to fetch my treatment. They also registered me for school, paid my school fees and informed the teacher about my condition. I’ve been very blessed.
In June 2011 I got introduced to Mfesane. I was very sick. My sister in law saw the Mfesane caregivers with their door-to-door campaign, and asked them to assist me. I was coughing and didn’t want to eat.
The caregiver arranged for transport to the clinic and helped me get tested. I’m HIV positive. After that the caregiver looked after me by making sure I get my treatment regularly and she also taught me how to look after myself. At the moment I’m also teaching my family and friends on how to take care of themselves.
When I got in contact with Mfesane, I was very sick. Mfesane’s caregiver encouraged me to go to the clinic. She escourted me, and I got tested and also received the correct treatment. The carer supervised my treatment, and also provided me with transport when I needed to go to the clinic.
Late last year I was raped and I was injured in my head, now I am mentally disturbed. Mfesane provides me with Huggies every month and also supply transport to fetch my social grant. They helped me to get registered for the social grant. I also have a vegetable garden at my home for which Mfesane supplied the seeds.