The Ikageng Itireleng AIDS Ministry, Soweto, South Africa
Ikageng Itireleng, under the leadership of “Mum” Carol, a fierce advocate for children’s rights in South Africa, provides services and support to children in Soweto who have been orphaned by or affected by AIDS, as well as young people living with HIV.
Many of Ikageng’s children live in child-headed households, where they take on the role of parent and look after younger siblings. Others have a terminally ill parent, or live with a grandparent who struggles to get by on the small pension provided by the government.
Ikageng’s holistic approach connects children to food, clothing, school fees, healthcare, life-skills training, transportation, and psychosocial support services to help them thrive.
Orphaned and vulnerable children and youth supported
Family members receiving monthly food parcels
Children and youth living with HIV provided psychosocial and adherence support