The HIV and Aids Programme aims to build the capacity of community based structures to prevent further HIV infection and to provide holistic support to families affected by HIV and Aids. It has a particular focus on reducing stigma towards people affected by HIV and Aids.
HIV Prevention Project : helping leadership and community based structures to design and implement creative projects addressing local dynamics to promote behaviour change
HIV Care and Support: working with local community based structures to promote effective home based care, access to treatment and psychosocial support regarding the impact of HIV and Aids
Masculinity Project: working with young men to promote constructive models of masculinity. Young Women’s Project: Sinani works with young women to promote economic independence and healthy relationships
Vulnerable Children’s Project: supporting community based structures to provide practical and psychosocial support to children affected by loss and HIV and Aids
This programme focuses on economic development of communities severely affected by poverty. It functions at the following levels:
Local Economic Development:
Linking community based organizations and income generating projects with municipalities to promote implementation of local economic development plans
After many years of working on poverty alleviation projects Sinani has been encouraged to focus on broader economic development of partner communities affected by poverty. One of the key strategies identified for this higher level approach is through the government initiatives to develop Local Economic Development strategies and plans (LEDs).
Sinani believes that the problems around violence, poverty and HIV&Aids are integrally linked. The three programmes of the organisation have been designed to contribute towards one another.
This programme supports leadership and community based organizations to work towards sustainable peace and deeper reconciliation. The projects of this programme are:
- Leadership Peace Forums: comprising influential traditional, political and religious leaders
- Community Peace Processes: such as traditional cleansing ceremonies
- Reconciliation and Healing Processes: group based residential trauma workshops, individual counseling and training in victim empowerment work
- Respect Campaign: promoting respectful ways of interacting amongst different people in the community (click here to see our series of respect campaign posters)
- Gender Based Violence: awareness raising and community dialogue around cultural and social aspects of violence towards women