EVANGELICAL LUTHERAN CHURCH – SOUTH EASTERN DIOCESE. HIV & AIDS PROGRAMME MID – YEAR REPORT 319 Esther Roberts Street. Glenwood. Durban. KZN 4001. Tel. (27) 83 556 1364 Fax: 086 609 3364 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Skype: lungile.nyathikazi
1. INTRODUCTION 2012 has been a very busy year compared to previous years because of the partnerships that we have garnered. More Circuits have shown interest in fighting HIV & AIDS and also fighting the social ills that bring about susceptibility to HIV infection. The KZN province has also reported reduction in HIV infection in 2 of its districts (Thekwini & Mzinyathi) and also a marked reduction (???170 000 )in mother to child transmission.
2. ACHIEVEMENTS 2.1 Induction of Coordinators with the help of KZNCC office & NAPWA on 24th Jan 2012 2.2 Planning session at KZNCC offices on 30 Jan 2012 with other denominations. 2.3 Workshops on “Towards HIV Competent Church” were done through-out the Diocese. Thanks to the Diocesan Committee, KZNCC, NAPWA & more especially to Rev N Mahaye, who as Chief facilitator made sure that the workshops ran smoothly and that he shared the knowledge of everything he had learnt from LUCSA, mostly without any compensation nor recognition and also to KZNCC for financial support of these workshops. 2.4 Capacity building workshop at KZNCC office on 10 February 2012 2.5 Partnering with KNZCC office to conduct “Theology of Care” workshop to pastors of the Diocese> Twenty Pastors attended this workshop (2 per Circuit). Some have already gone back to their Circuits & filtered that down to their Parishes 2.6 Community Dialogue held at KwaNdengezi on 16th March 2012 using Community Capacity Enhancement (CCE) Methodology; still to be followed up. 2.7 Strategic Planning with KZNCC and Partners in May for 2012 2.8 Joint application of funding with KZNCC from UK based CHURCH AID (Rob Cunningham. After our presentations on 4th May 2012, KZNCC was granted R60 000 2.9 Secondment of Rev ZI Ntuli into KZNCC office to handle land Issues, especially involving communities to make use of the land for economic empowerment. 2.10 Result Based Management (RBM) Strategic Planning with LUCSA for 2013 – 2017 in North West (Hartbeespoortdam) 2.11 Financial support for travelling & hosting some of our workshops by KZNCC office ( 3 of the 4 Towards …workshops; Theology of Care workshops; Induction of Coordinators Workshop) 2.12 Networking with other denominations under KZNCC eg Inter-Faith Symposium held in April; Protection of State Information Bill; Land Matters…. 2.13 Commitment by ELCA SWMN to pay the stipend for the coordinator for 5 years and other financial contributions to HIV cause by ELCA women & synod. 2.14 CIRCUITS: – Mandini (Siyakwamukela HBC) Empangeni Circuit had an AGM in Jan 25th 2012 – KwaNodwengu launched the HIV programme on 24th March 2012 – Durban Circuit rolled out the “Theology of Care” workshop on 21st March 2012 (Healing & Health as a Human Right) – Mfolozi Circuit (Hlabisa) invited us to talk at a Diocesan Prayer Men’s League. They hosted their American partners in July – Vryheid’s Swart Mfolozi Project visited LUCSA LAAP advisory Committee on 2nd May 2012 – Shiyane Circuit hosted their American partners in June who helped them to secure their poultry project. Their rabbit project, garden & crèche are still ongoing. – Ondini Circuit hosted the 3rd HIV & AIDS Diocesan Committee Meeting at KwaZamokuhle Diaconical Centre on 20 July 2012 – Umngeni Circuit’s Prayer Women’s League- talk on” HIV & AIDS Update” on 7th July 2012 and also shared about visit to USA
3. ELCA-SWMN VISIT: – Left on 5th June for Minnesota via Atlanta – Attended ELCA Minnesota Synod – Visited numerous Conferences (Circuits) and held talks on HIV & AIDS – Attended ELCA Women’s conferenced in Spicer, delivered a talk, conducted workshops and learnt how to do tie-dyeing – Visited Rural AIDS Network (RAAN) Global Health Ministries in Minneapolis and Grace Housing for HIV infected people – See detailed report 4. CHALLENGES 4.1 Finances for travelling from Circuits to meetings & workshops still a problem 4.2 The HIV & AIDS Diocesan Committee had requested the DC via email & minutes to allow Rev Mahaye to act as a chaplain, liaising between the Committee & the pastors. The DC never responded nor acknowledged the request. 4.3 Discrimination: Sharing a chalice has caused some people to stop partaking in Holy Communion 4.4 Pastors still not breaking the silence by talking about HIV at the pulpit 4.5 Non-attendance of meetings especially by the clergy. 4.6 Coordinator’s stipend payment untimely & unscheduled. ELCA wants a full time person. 4.7 Communication between some Circuit coordinators and some Deans terse & hindering progress 4.8 Non-reporting of some Circuits
5. FINANCES: Lungile Designations (HIV/AIDS Coordinator) sent in a separate wire from ELCA 15/6/2012 Calvary- Willmar Lakeland Conference (to Circuit)- HIV&AIDS Lungile $5 000.00 2/7/2012 Calvary-Willmar Lakeland Conference HIV&AIDS- Lungile’s work $1 174.00 2/7/2012 WELCA HIV & AIDS Coordinator (sale of pins) $2 503.00 2/7/2012 WELCA HIV & AIDS Coordinator (Sale of pins) $200.00 TOTAL $8 877.00
The Diocesan HIV & AIDS bank account: ELCSA-SED CHURCH CHANNELS OF HOPE.ACCOUNT # 062973045BANK: STANDARD BANKBRANCH: STANGER – 057529CITY: STANGER was used for the above monies (+/- R72 000)
The commitment of the Coordinators stipend from ELCA- SWMN of $10 000 is normally deposited to the Umpumulo account. Umpumulo then transfers it to the HIV account. This amount has not been received yet for 2012.
6. RECOMMENDATIONS 6.1 Fight discrimination through continued pastor’s workshop on mainstreaming & Care. 6.2 A full time coordinator as envisaged by ELCA-SWMN needs to be considered. It is difficult for the present coordinator to work on full time basis because of financial obligations 6.3 Circuits to take notes from KwaNodwengu Circuit on raising funds & prioritising HIV & AIDS and also Empangeni’s Mandini (Siyakwamukela) Project 6.4 Have an office where all documents, supplies etc will be kept. 6.5 The committee resolved that office material, stationery, projector and all requirements of running a workshop be purchased with the money Ms Nyathikazi made on her USA trip 7. FUTURE PLANS FOR 2013 -To be done in the last meeting to be held on 21 September 2012 in Durban – Induction of new coordinators – Continue “Theology of Care” pastors workshops – Handwork for women & all those interested –income generating projects – talks where invited 8. CLOSING: I would like to thank the Bishop and all the Deans for the support and the contribution towards the growth of this programme. “We are called to stand together…” Acts 13:42-52