The target groups for Reach South Africa are those people who are infected and affected by HIV/AIDS, in particular the sick and orphans, the families, and communities.
HIV/AIDS is continuing to escalate in South Africa and those who were infected years back, whether being aware of their status or not, are now getting sick and that increases the number of people requiring help. These people are in need of assistance and this is provided by food parcels, food supplements, financial support (grants) and medication. The pandemic also leads to an increasing number of orphans, vulnerable children and child-headed households.
However, Reach South Africa in collaboration with other stakeholders are playing a major role in attempting to combat the escalating rate of the epidemic, particularly among the youth.
There are limited facilities that provide medication (ARV’s) for those infected with HIV and AIDS. Some people who are on medication fail to adhere to instructions, others drink alcohol and that reverses the situation.
The vision of RSA is to be involved with those affected by HIV/AIDS at grassroots level, through volunteers visiting homes, as well as other institutions where health and poverty needs have can be identified.
Reach Help offers counselling, education, care and support, food and medicinal donations to those needing medical care and emotional support. It also promotes the schooling of orphans and street kids.
Overview of Dutywa
· The area is characterised by a high rate of illiteracy and of unemployment. The unemployment rate is 57%.
· The prevalence rate of HIV/AIDS is 24%.
· Most homes are headed by women.
· The population is heavily dependent on social security grants, with many engaged in street vending.
· The communities are faced with unemployment, high rates of teenage pregnancy, HIV/AIDS, child- headed households, and poverty.