Join the Journey!!
06-11-2008

On Monday 3 November 2008 we welcomed the OLIVE LEAF Foundation! Staff gathered in Cape Town, Soweto, Pretoria, Durban, Mthatha and Port Elizabeth to participate in the launch of the new name and logo. The CEO, Dr. Paul Selepe addressed all the staff via a pre-recorded DVD


Transcript:

We are proud to announce the creation of the OLIVE LEAF Foundation, fuelled by our desire to achieve our vision of enabling sustainable community development throughout Africa’s needy. For several years, we have undergone a strategic shift in our thinking and through this have resolved that a name change would best reflect this process. We have been delivering hope to our needy communities across Africa for over twenty years and are determined to continue to do this for as many more. Our goal is to turn hope into reality, driven by improved systems and organisational processes, better staff, responsible custodianship and diligent administration. Through our national and international partnerships we will continue to deliver our services and programmes with effectiveness and passion, building on the strong reputation that we have developed over the years. Our name change to the Olive Leaf Foundation must be seen in the utmost positive light. This change has empowered us to shrug off the old ways of doing and seeing things and adopt new and improved standards of excellence. For us this is a fresh start and a continuation of the journey that was begun in 1989.

We specifically chose the olive leaf as well as the tree it comes from because it represents everything we stand for.

Throughout time, olives, olive oil and olive leaf extract have provided important healing qualities – olive leaf extract acts as an immune booster and anti-microbial that fights viruses and bacteria. Olive oil was used to anoint kings and fuel lamps for light and for centuries people have been refreshed by the shade provided by olive trees. The olive leaf is a symbol of peace, often used as an emblem of royalty and status. This symbol is internationally recognised and also exists on the logo of the United Nations. The dove is representative of our organisation, offering healing and peace to our communities as well as carrying a message of hope and freedom to challenged communities.

We have embarked on a new journey, leaving the past behind us, looking towards the horizon for more adventure and challenges and ask that all of you join the journey for change and betterment with all your heart and soul.

It is the OLIVE LEAF Foundation’s desire not only to stand firm but to flourishes and become bigger and have more impact on its role to provide sustainable community development and improve the lives of those less fortunate.

Thank you and God Bless.


All across the country staff joined in celebration with singing, prayers, pledges their commitment to enabling sustainable community development! The festivities echoed the OLIVE LEAF Foundation Staff's passion and dedication to serve and capacitate the communities they come from and work in. With great enthusiasm and spirit the staff chanted: "Viva OLIVE LEAF FOUNDATION Viva! Longlive OLF, Longlive!"

Shebeen Gender Workshop
15-10-2008

Sixty two community members arrived to attend a workshop at Gabe's Tavern in Khayelitsha and for the first time female participants were present in such a workshop. Key stakeholders such as the Department of Social Development and Medicins Sans Frontiers (MSF) were among the guests. The facilitators were from the community that received training from the OLIVE LEAF Foundation Abalingani Gender Programme.

Several topics were addressed during the day. One of the sessions was on fatherhood and the role of the man. This proved to be sensitive topic contested by beliefs around culture, religion and morality.Some of the points brought up included that the participants felt fatherhood is not just a man's responisbility to his family, but also to the community he lives in. One participant mentioned that when fathers experience challenges it is the women's fault,because they spoil the children. The lively debate exposed many gender stereo types.

The Department of Social Development spoke on substance and alcohol abuse. The participants stressed the need for sensible drinking. MSF facilitated a session on TB Infection control. The aim was to curb the spread of TB.

In response to the information shared, the participants coined a slogan (A.A.) “Asityanga asiseli” meaning: "we have not eaten, therefore we won’t drink". The thinking behind this came from the fact that many participants have observed friends going to a shebeen either early in the morning or late at night, often without having eaten.

During the course of the workshop a fire broke out in one of the houses in the neighbourhood. The participants banded together with the invited organizations had to provide assistance in stopping the flames from spreading. A sense of togetherness and brotherhood encouraged all present that “Ubuntu” is alive!

Cape Town staff graduate from UWC Computer course
19-09-2008

The past few weeks have seen staff at the Cape Town office feverishly practising their newly acquired computer skills. Even the office cleaner, Nobesuthu and driver Mbulelo, have been practising their PowerPoint skills and surfing the worldwide web on topics relevant to HIV /AIDS. There was a buzz around the office as staff prepared for assessments and graduation on 6 September 2008. On this glorious spring day, 37 staff members were awarded computer literacy certificates in a gala-like celebration with family, friends, fellow staff members, staff of UWC (University of the Western Cape) and the e-Learning Centre.

Thobeka Coba, a Senior Field Worker in the Orphans and Vulnerable Children Programme, spoke on behalf of the graduating class at the graduation: "I attended a township High School where we didn’t learn computer skills and my family couldn’t afford to send me for computer training. When I came to work at the OLIVE LEAF Foundation I was afraid to touch the computer, but today I can proudly say that I am computer literate. Even though I have much more to learn, the experience of coming to UWC every Saturday for 12 weeks in a row has opened up my mind to see a much bigger future for myself. Thank you UWC and the OLIVE LEAF Foundation for making this possible!"

How did all this come about? Our Neliswe Maleka made it happen. She is currently completing a Master’s Degree at UWC and as part of her internship at the OLIVE LEAF Foundation , she is focusing on staff development.

Staff had already identified computer literacy as a need in a survey that the Organisation completed last year. Nelisiwe developed a proposal that was presented to the e-Learning Centre at UWC and after careful consideration the project was approved. The first hurdle was that the classes had to run for 12 consecutive weeks and could only take place on a Saturday. This tested the commitment of staff and the e-Learning Centre staff. Another hurdle was transport, but we overcame these with the support of management and the determination of our staff.

Hence it was with great joy and a sense of achievement that we joined the celebration of the graduating ceremony. The Manager: Office of the Vice Rector, Ncedikhaya Magopeni, lead the proceedings on the day and the certificates were presented by the head of the e-learning Centre, Ms. Juliette Stoltenkamp. They both re-iterated the University’s commitment to capacitating local communities and developing our staff even further.

The OLIVE LEAF Foundation values the support of the University as we are aware that the financial value of the training is easily in excess of R100 000. Our Staff have been encouraged to use their newly acquired skills to enhance their performance at work and their capacity as parents and members of the community at large. For us the university is living up to its motto, "A place of quality, a place to grow from hope to action through knowledge".


Written by Joan Daries

My business, my hope
11-08-2008

Two young entrepreneurs accompanied the Sustainable Livelihoods Co-ordinator Elizabeth Arend to the annual international conference in Pretoria on July 30-31, 2008.

The theme of the conference was how our programs could enhance support and responses to “Orphans and Vulnerable Children” (OVC). We selected the two young women, Mbali Qaba and Yonela Lutu, to attend the meeting following their strong performance in OLF Vendor Model Project, which is currently being piloted in Cape Town.

The Vendor Model Project began with the support of beverages from Peninsula Beverages. Both young women have participated in the project since April 2008, when they began selling cool drinks at their schools.

Alongside 16 other vendors who have learned to “own” their own vending business, they have spent several months completing business training, obtaining ID documents, opening bank accounts, and shadowing business students at the Raymond Ackerman Academy at the University of Cape Town’s Graduate School of Business.

Ms. Qaba and Ms. Lutu gave a presentation to the conference delegates about their experience in the project, including the lessons they’ve learned and the challenges that they have faced. Other delegates from across the country expressed admiration for their determination and entrepreneurial spirit, and were anxious to know when the Cape Town pilot would be rolled out to other parts of South Africa.

JOURNEY FOR CHANGE
29-07-2008

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One-of-a Kind Global Youth Service Program Brings At-Risk Youth From Brooklyn New York to Volunteer in Johannesburg, South Africa

(Date TBD) Journey for Change: Empowering Youth Through Global Service is a unique and innovative partnership between The Angelrock Project; The Salvation Army Bushwick Community Center;The Salvation Army South Africa; and The OLIVE LEAF Foundation that will bring thirty at-risk youth from Bushwick, Brooklyn to Johannesburg, South Africa on July 31, 2008 for two weeks of global service.

The children, ages 12 to 15, will participate in a rich volunteer, educational, and mentoring program. They will volunteer in Diepsloot and Soweto, helping orphaned and vulnerable children (OVC’s) and grannies in their homes, schools, community centers, gardens, and at clinics.

The youth will be partnered with young adults who will mentor the children and accompany them on their service projects, as well as lead team building, leadership skills, volunteer follow-up sessions each evening.

Journey for Change: Empowering Youth Through Global Service was born out of the crisis

Inner-city youth across America are facing as they enter their teenage years. Many youth succumb to the pressures facing them, whether it is to drop out of school, get involved in gangs, or use drugs, and we need innovative ways to break this cycle. Journey for Change: Empowering Youth Through Global Service presents a unique and extraordinary opportunity to thirty such youth from the community of Bushwick in Brooklyn, New York.

Bushwick is an underserved neighborhood in Brooklyn with a population of 100,000 people. It has consistently struggled to overcome obstacles, such as drug trafficking, a high incidence of child neglect, rising crime rates, and broken families. Over half of its population lives below the poverty line and receives some form of public assistance. Only a little over 60% of the students of its largest high school, Bushwick High, graduate in four years. Out of the 289 students that started high school as freshmen in 2002, 91 had out dropped by 2006.

Due to the crisis also facing OVC’s on the continent of Africa, as well as in the country of South Africa, non-governmental organizations such as The Salvation Army and the OLIVE LEAF Foundation (OLF) are meeting the needs of this population and their families by tackling such necessary issues as health, education, housing, and nutrition.

Through The Angelrock Project’s (whose humanitarian division is run by philanthropic cause-related marketing executive Malaak Compton-Rock and her husband comedian Chris Rock) support of both The Salvation

Army and OLF, Journey for Change: Empowering Youth Through Global Service is a special project that will assist youth in the U.S. and South Africa by having them participate in a mutually fulfilling service and exchange program.

Said Malaak Compton-Rock, "Chris and I have a particular commitment to at-risk youth in Brooklyn, New York, where Chris was raised and in South Africa, where we were introduced to OLF's field work in Diepsloot on an official UNICEF visit three years ago. Journey for Change: Empowering Youth Through Global Service is an extraordinary opportunity to positively impact the lives of these wonderful children. We are particularly thankful to the many companies and organizations that embraced this program and made it possible for us, The Salvation Army, and OLF to develop this necessary and vital program."

There is a rich cultural and recreational component that is being generously sponsored by South African Tourism, headed up by CEO, Moeketsi Mosola. Facilitating a fulfilling and diverse program, South African Tourism has arranged for many experiences, starting with a bon voyage reception hosted by Sthu Zunga, President, South African Tourism North America. Other activities include a visit to the Apartheid Museum, Gold Reef City, a tour of Soweto, and a ½ day safari at Pilanesberg National Park, among other activities. In addition, the U.S. Ambassador to South Africa Eric Bost and Mrs. Bost, along with U.S. Consul-General Steve Coffman will host a reception for the participants in Johannesburg.

We are pleased to announce that award-winning network CNN is filming a documentary on Journey for Change: Empowering Youth Through Global Service hosted by celebrated journalist Soledad O’Brien. Time for Kids magazine will also profile the program utilizing the children’s personal stories and photos in their magazine and teacher’s curriculum. Additionally, the youth will chat and blog daily sending video and pictures to various outlets on (PRODUCT) RED laptops donated by Dell.

Upon completion of the trip, the youth will immediately begin their roles as “Journey for Change Global Ambassadors” for one year. This portion of the program is the beginning of turning the youth into leaders within their own neighborhood, the United States and in the world at large. It is our goal that through this program that we will create global leaders engaged in civic, political, and social change and who will one day serve as mentors for this program or others in the very near future. In addition, we will encourage and assist them in continuing their relationship with their new OVC friends and develop a program in which the South African children can also take part in the Global Ambassadorship Program.

Journey for Change: Empowering Youth Through Global Service is a program whose primary goal is to empower children to not only have a vision for their own lives, but to encourage others through their example of living a life of purpose and service.

OLF Vendor Model Launch
19-05-2008

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"My Business, my hope"

17 Children from Khayelitsha, Cape Town have new hope for the future as they start their own businesses.

On Monday 19 May 2006, the US Ambassador, Mr Eric Bost will congratulate the first class of the OLF Vendor Model Project in starting their own businesses. One of the Vendors, Nwabisa Msebe, 17 commented "This project has shown me the challenges of business. I’ve seen so many things and learned so much, so I will be prepared one day to start a business of my own."

The OLF Vendor Model Project emerged from a partnership between the international donors, Coca Cola (Peninsula Beverages) and the OLIVE LEAF Foundation. This sustainable livelihoods initiative was piloted first in Ethiopia and then adapted in Cape Town, South Africa during May 2007. The initiative not only intends to generate vital household income for vulnerable children, but more importantly seeks to build sustainable financial management, business and entrepreneurial skills among the community’s most at-risk youth.

The project addresses and facilitates the social impact of bringing money into a destitute family by enabling the child to negotiate ownership through contributing to the household and saving for their future as well as issues of safety by paring Vendors.

The first team of vendors started their business on December 24, 2007 at Khayelitsha’s community swimming pool. Despite several initial challenges, the project is off to a promising start with 17 vendors, and aims to enrol up to 40 vendors from the OLIVE LEAF Foundatione’s Children and Youth programmes by mid-2008. The OLIVE LEAF Foundation (OLF) is a Non-Governmental Organisation whose purpose is to enable sustainable community development across Africa. Over time, OLF plans to slowly phase out its level of involvement with the vendors, so that they may be self-sustaining and build their businesses on their own. The project has received support from the City of Cape Town Sports and Recreation Department, the UCT Graduate School of Business as well as Standard Bank, Khayelitsha.

Xolisa Kwinana, 16 "When I count the money with my business partner, I see myself counting money with a computer at a big company one day!"

Music to my ...thumbs?
22-10-2008

Itumeleng Paradys* sucks her thumbs. When we first met this young girl, we thought her thumb-sucking habit was a sign of insecurity. How wrong we were!

Itumeleng, a twelve-year old child that participates in our Orphans and Vulnerable Children (OVC Programme in Motherwell, Port Elizabeth, turns into a determined and dedicated choir director when she parades in front of her peers during a performance. Instead of using her hands and arms to conduct while they are singing, she uses her very expressive face to demonstrate the feeling the choir members need to put into their song. The mouth that sucks her thumb in idle moments, or when she is in deep concentration forms perfect vocal sounds to spur her choristers on.

We learned that Itumeleng used to play the flute, an instrument her teacher and our Kidz Club Contact at her school, borrowed for her from some musician. She no longer has the use of the flute and has since used her face and body to direct that little choir of OVC’s. OLF is trying to source a new flute for Itumeleng to practice and perform with.

It may sound to you as though we are raving about a little wonder, born into a perfect world. Alas, Itumeleng’s world is far from perfect. Enshrouded in poverty, her home has very little to offer a young, growing child. Orphaned after her mother’s death, she and her two siblings now live with her grandmother, who finds it difficult to make ends meet. In their little house, there are also other orphaned children and the grandmother has a total of 10 people to feed.

At the OLF Kidz Club where she attends, Itumeleng is treated with respect. The young, slightly built girl turns into a dynamo when the choir performs. Has music become the world she escapes to when circumstances get her down? Or is it the Kidz Club that she attends, where she has an outlet for her talent, something to eat and time to just be a child and play? Whatever the reason may be, we may yet be surprised. Who knows, Itumeleng may one day become a world class performer.

*Not the child's real name

Parents engage community
23-09-2008

PORT ELIZABETH PARENTS TACKLE:

Bullying, vulnerability and stigma

Twenty Volunteers from the Zinyoka Community in Govan Mbeki Township were trained on the OLIVE LEAF Foundation Parent Empowerment Programme (PEP). The parents formed a Parent Action Team (PAT) to enable them to apply their newly acquired skills in the schools and the community. Plenary sessions on bullying in schools, linked to low self esteem, were listed as a major behavioral problems in schools. A four day programme was designed that involved visits to schools and the identification of learners with bullying tendencies.

A visit to the home of an affected learner followed, where parents assisted with moderating the unsocial behavior of the learner. En route, children orphaned and made vulnerable thrgouh HIV/ADIS were identified and assisted with the planting of vegetable gardens. This caring attitude of the Parent Action Team (PAT) assisted in building self-esteem in the orphaned and vulnerable children as they developed a sense of belonging to the community that cares.

At one of the targeted schools, Cebelihle Primary School, the principal Sipho Matyolo, said, "Since 1996 we have noticed that there were many parents reluctant to disclose their HIV status and that of their children" The

Parent Action Team (PAT) came with a proposal to address stigma and with the cooperation of Allied Banks of South Africa (ABSA), a counseling room manned by the Health Volunteers Parent Action Team (PAT) was established. As counseling involves effective listening skills, the Parent Empowerment Program equipped the Health Volunteers with skills to meet the needs of the community.

Furthermore, the Health Volunteers are involved in trauma counseling and their skills have been further enhanced by the Parenting Empowerment Programme as it deals with topics on understanding children’s Behavior and Listening to Children’s Feelings.

The impact of the Health Volunteers Parent Action Team in the community has been tremendous and a local newspaper "The Herald – 11 September 2008" carried the story of the counseling room launch. In the picture, the education district acting director Tandeka Mbopa, psychotherapist Dr. Mzimkhulu Fatman and Principal Sipho Matyolo appear, together with two learners, in the counseling room. Guest speaker, Dr. Mzimkhulu Fatman (sigh) the children needed to be counseled to deal with the diseases, "If we can save one person from HIV, we’ve converted the world."

Traditional Healers and gender equality
20-08-2008

Gender Roles are often set by the strongest role models in a community. When a community leader acts in a certain way the people of the community often follow his or her actions, either just by observing them and respecting the person because of their authority, or by the rules that have been laid down by this person in authority.

This gives us as social activists a strategic opportunity to engage with communities, by working with the leaders of that community. The Abalingani Gender Programme (AGP) provided an introduction to working with men for gender equality to such a group 18 August 2008 in Cape Town, at the Winchester Mansions hotel.

Constella Futures made use of the services of the AGP program in working with their network of FBO (Faith Based Organisation) leaders and traditional leaders.

The participants came from as far as Giyane in Limpopo and Mount Frere in the Eastern Cape. The Amos Foundation has a network of farms which they work with, and do weekend camps, with farmers and farm-workers alike, and there were several representatives from traditional councils, including a chief from Kimberley.

Several conversations and debates were held about gender and the ways that women particularly are vulnerable to HIV.

A passerby on Wednesday morning would have seen twenty or so people scattered about the Winchester Mansions parking lot, vigorously debating issues of gender and power.

Some of the actions the group committed to were:

  • Introspection on gender values
  • Acknowledge the other person
  • Reduce partners
  • Spending time and communicating well with children
  • Create a safe space 4 open discussion (island)
  • Encourage each other to change
  • Education of truck drivers

All expectations that were set out in the beginning were met. The whole group ended the training with plans to implement some of the exercises and activities in their own constituencies back home. The little room at the back of the Winchester mansions had welcomed a group of eager learners and after only two days produced a group of gender activists! One of the participants, who runs a male involvement program in Mount Frere commented at the end of the training: "This is just like a dream come true, I will use this in my work".


Written by Wessel van den Berg

Western Cape Jamboree
08-08-2008

The OLIVE LEAF Foundation hosted their second semi-annual "Jamboree" on July 31st and August 1st at the OR Tambo Hall in Khayelitsha. Over 1500 children between the ages of 0-18 years attended the event, along with many parents and caregivers.

The Jamboree provided a space for the delivery of a variety of services, including assistance with social grant applications (SASSA), applications for ID books and birth certificates (Department of Home Affairs), TB screening (Desmond Tutu Foundation), inoculations (Department of Health), eye screening (SpecSavers), child welfare services (Cape Town Child Welfare), and first aid (South African Red Cross Society). The OLIVE LEAF Foundation (OLF) provided Voluntary Counselling and Testing for HIV to approximately 50 clients, and pregnancy testing on request. The OLIVE LEAF Foundation Prevention Programme reached approximately 185 youth with messages from their Teenage Pregnancy Prevention and Men as Partners interventions.

The Jamboree was generously co-funded and co-hosted by Absolute Return for Kids (ARK).

Spec Savers completed eye tests for 577 children, and referred 102 children for additional eye testing. Immunizations were administered to 810 children. Ninety five children were referred for additional services. SASSA reported an intake of 652 individuals, and just over 200 grant applications.

The event's tremendous success would not have been possible without the contribution of several organizations. The OLIVE LEAF Foundation wishes to extend a special thank you to Kholiswa of ARK, Ebrahim of SASSA, Mary of Spec Savers, Shaun of Pinelands Spar, and Sam from the City of Cape Town Sports and Recreation Department. Due to the Jamboree's success, OLF in the Western Cape looks forward to inviting these partners to join them in planning their next two Jamborees, which will be held in March and September of 2009.

SACCO members join violence reduction workshop
21-07-2008

Have you ever wondered what lies behind the production of a glass of wine? Besides the well – known process of winemaking there also lies a hidden world of domestic violence that farm-workers face every day. A group of farmers and farm-workers however are doing something to change this. Members of the Stellenbosch Winelands employees Savings and Credit Cooperative based at the Sustainability Institute in Stellenbosch attended the first evening of the ‘One Man Can end Domestic violence’ program offered by the OLIVE LEAF Foundation. The sessions are hosted by the Sustainability Institute at Lynedoch, in the training room at the Guest House building.

The project is an attempt to use the facility of the savings and loans offered by the SACCO, combined with a curriculum about HIV – prevention and gender roles, to empower especially women, and reduce overall vulnerability to domestic violence. The curriculum that is used is the ‘One Man Can…’ toolkit. It is a set of activities and training materials that focus on enrolling men as champions for gender equality. One Man Can stop rape, One Man Can end violence, One Man Can accept ‘NO!’ are all typical slogans and topics that are covered in the training. As most violence in the world is perpetrated by men, mostly against other men, but also against women, it makes sense to talk to men about reducing violence.

On the first evening people were still unsure about how they could become involved in this effort. It was especially strange to have a bunch of questions asked right away such as: “Do you think men are more clever than women?” In the first half an hour Wessel and Frederika were also nervously checking with each other the amount of people that were arriving, but by the time the first session started, the room was full. The group consisted, of mostly men! The aim was to have a half – half gender group, but the fact that mostly men arrived provides an even better opportunity to engage in change. The conversation was mostly about the way ahead and the importance of the issues that the sessions will cover. By the end of the evening, everybody was enthusiastically laughing and chatting about the way ahead.

The people who signed up for the workshop are from farms in the area surrounding Stellenbosch. (The farms Meerlust, La Petit Provence, Grootvlei, Bluegum Grove and Vlottenburg are participating.) They all live with high levels of alcohol abuse and resulting violence around them. This process will equip them to be able to become agents for change in this environment, showing their peers how they wisely use their money, and reduce their levels of vulnerability to violence and HIV infection. The sessions will continue once a week for the months of August and September and the graduation will be early in October. This project is an initiative of the Abalingani Gender Programme at the OLIVE LEAF Foundation.

WITS University HIV/AIDS in the workplace Symposium
30-05-2008

Four OLIVE LEAF Foundation employees attended the University of Witswaterstrand's HIV in the Workplace Symposium The OLIVE LEAF Foundation 's delegation included Elizabeth Arend (Sustainable Livelihoods Coordinator, Cape Town) and Joshua Ndlela (Port Elizabeth), who are spearheading the company's new wellness programme. They were accompanied by two fieldworkers, including one OVC (Oprhans and Vulnerable Children) fieldworker from Cape Town and a Care and Support fieldworker from Port Elizabeth.

While the symposium examined responses to HIV in the workplace, it included a special focus on wellness programs in low-paid workforces. The OLIVE LEAF Foundation contributed a paper, Challenges in the design of a Wellness Programme and HIV Policy, about its pilot wellness program, which

highlighted the particular challenges that arose from its low-paid workforce, its organizational development capacity, and culture-bound pressures among its fieldstaff. The paper also put forward a list of recommendations as to how the program and the company could address these challenges as it continues its efforts to improve staff wellness. According to the symposium's organizers, The OLIVE LEAF Foundation's submission was the only one that arose from an organizaton having examined and reflected upon its own operations.

A version of the paper that was submitted to the symposium will be published in a special issue of the African Journal of AIDS Research in November 2008.

Successful Registration day in Khayelitsha
19-04-2008

The OLIVE LEAF Foundation Jamboree was held on the 14 and 15 March 2008 in Khayelitsha, Cape Town . The Jamboree was run in collaboration with Sassa, Home Affairs, City Health, Sanca and various role players from within the community of Khayelitsha. The Jamboree targeted children aged 0-18years old. Services that were on offer to the children were eye testing, immunizations, vitamin boosters shots, health screening, application for ID books, birth certificates and grants, HIV/AIDS education, drug awareness, VCT (Voluntary Counselling and Testing) and pregnancy testing. Each child that attended also received a meal.

The number of children reached was approximately 2000, all receiving a number of different services. 154 of the children identified will be undergoing further testing at Spec Savers and will possibly receive glasses donated by Spec Savers. The health screening facilitated by teh Department of

Health managed to pick up a number of children suffering from high blood pressure, skin infections, ear infections and a number of other health concerns. Approximately 50 people tested to know their HIVstatus-which is a high figure for an event such as this.

Overall the event was a huge success and the OLIVE LEAF Foundation would like to extend a special thank you to Mr Hendricks from SASSA, John De Kock from Shoprite Checkers and ARK as they were integral in the planning and running of the event.

The OLIVE LEAF Foundation received positive feedback from the community and has decided to run the event again in August 2008. Notification will go out to all the schools in the area as well as the radio and the newspaper. If you or your organization would like to participate please feel free to contact the OVC Co-ordinator in Khayelitsha on +27 21 361 8158