Mpilonhle, in collaboration with the Department of Health and the Department of Education, facilitates every year eye clinic in the uMkhanyakude District. The clinic is run by the One Sight Philanthropy and brings together volunteer aye doctors and technical staff from all over the world and South Africa.
Services During Eye Clinic include
Free eye screening. Same-day provision of free prescription glasses on site for those who require them.
Follow-up care from the Department of Health for those who are identified as having cataracts or eye problems. HIV counseling and and testing. Medical check ups and medication
Location of Eye Clinics and Dates
Tuesday | October 18, 2011 | 1:00 PM – 4:00PM | Nomaganga Primary School
Wednesday | October 19, 2011 | 9:00 – 3:00 PM | Nomaganga Primary School
Thursday | October 20, 2011 | 9:00 – 3:00 PM | Nomaganga Primary School
Friday | October 21, 2011 | 9:00 – 3:00 PM | Nyalazi Primary School
Monday| October 24, 2011 | 9:00 – 3:00 PM | Nyalazi Primary School
Tuesday | October 25, 2011 | 9:00 – 3:00 PM | Indukebandla Primary School
Wednesday | October 26, 2011 | 9:00 – 3:00 PM | Indukebandla Primary School
Thursday | October 27, 2011 | 9:00 – 3:00 PM | Indukebandla Primary School
- Mpilonhle visit first time at Ntandabantu Primary School, Black Berry device photos
It been a long week at Ntandabantu Primary School we had to register everyone at the school especially grade 5, 6 and 7 just before we start our normal job, Mpilonhle Unit Two known as Sisonke was there to take initiative.
- Let the lesson begin, Black Berry device photos
After a first lessons introduction I noticed that learners were ready to start with exercise one.
Full computer lab with 72x computers, Black Berry device photos
As a witness it was a lifetime experience and a great achievement in community development in terms of skills development, one week training 2x hours per day 4x lessons equals computer literacy.
Teaching computer skills to everyone look who is playing around with computer’s at Khulangolwazi Primary School OMG amazing work done by Mpilonhle.
in this picture Thembelihle Gumede age 11 (17 Oct 1999) grade 7 her first time using a computer 'Black Berry Pictures'
Mpilonhle packed computer lab’s at the schools now working closely with Primary schools ensuring that everyone get at least 1h30min session per day and four days per week, each day got enough lessons for the day.
in this picture learners from Khulangolwazi Primary Grade 7 'Black Berry Pictures'
After a deep breath, well presented lessons this is the response that we normally get after the training everyone responding positively. Day one is always a challenge getting learners to be used with computers especially “the mouse techniques and keyboard skills” you will see that this normally takes little longer than expected and require more attention and time from IT Trainers. Finally we get what we’ve been expected to deliver a successful lessons has been introduced and history has been made at the end of the day.
Excitement from learners learning how to use Children's Encarta 'Black Berry Pictures'
The Author Sifiso Zulu - Women's plays an important role in our life's and they mean it, I choose to treat women with care
All women’s are still celebrating woman’s month perhaps I would like to know where did you go or how did you celebrate your day on Tuesday the 9th of Aug 2011, it only takes a strong woman to decide, act and lead the fact is someone with a good courage, strong personality knows what best in life.
“Woman’s your decision can change every situation you are in, thus enabling you to achieve whatever you want to achieve”
In life you must learn to speak positive things not negative remember we are created by God image a word that we spoke each and every day shall come to pass either good or bad, there is power in your word. You deserve better a successful life how I wish if you can learn to trust, believe in yourself and be bold because you are beautiful and special
Wow what a nice camp, it is winter time in South Africa and also school holidays. It is unbelievable when you see how Mpilonhle fights bad behavior that usually occurs at this time of the year.
Pregnancy rates usually increases especially in our youth and crime is also high because every child wants to go to town while they don’t have money to buy as a result they just decide to steal in shops which is a very bad idea, we wish to build and motivate these children and protect them from going to jail because of bad behavior.
Street kids develop or increase in large numbers because children stay at their homes doing nothing and some of them they just decide to stay in the streets then start smoking and robbing people.
KwaGiba is a rural area. The lifestyle of this community is different and regarding healthy behavior I think there’s poor knowledge. When there’s no knowledge diseases will increase especially HIV and AIDS. Agree or disagree we have to talk to these children and tell them the truth through our health education.
Thanks to Mpilonhle organization for supporting, helping, fighting poverty and crime, giving hope and encouraging children to live a healthy life through activities and with relevant language that is understandable to a child and also giving them the opportunity to know their status as individuals and know more about life and themselves which is a great opportunity. No one wishes to miss even one day at the camp and you can’t even ask them what it feels like to be at the Skills Camp because you’ll have your answers in their faces.
KwaGiba is between Hluhluwe and Mbazwana. It has a high enrolment of more than 1800 pupils and overcrowded classes, even if the school might have computers it might be impossible for all learners to attend and learn but in these camps Mpilonhle brought three (3) mobile units with seventy two (72) computers. Each unit takes in a group of twenty four (24 and) everyone has an opportunity of at least one hour session at the computer room for five (5) days learning computer literacy.
KwaGiba was rated as another successful Skills Camp, the children wish that the camps should continue and continue but the mid term holidays were over and there was no way for this great opportunity. Well done to Mpilonhle staff for their good work.
The food at these camps was delicious and healthy as this was winter season we had to give oranges because they have vitamin C and after they finished all activities of the day they ate well cooked meals with vegetables.
In the last day hundreds of Toms shoes were distributed to every child attending the camp and official closing of the camp was well presented by the Skills Coaches Team through a drama, this drama was bout HIV/ AIDS and sexual abuse.
This story was edited by Nomathemba
16th Saturday Jul 2011 was my birthday, didn’t plan to have a normal birthday celebration but planned to treat this one as a very important, special birthday I ever had in my life. It really takes me some time just to reason about my life, looking back where I come from and my future too. It like was I in the church or a holly place neither way no I was in my room eyes closed mouth shut…
My mind was thinking what is it that I’ve done for my community? As I have live for 30th years then I’ve notice that cannot change the past it gone already but can only change the future starting tomorrow and making sure every second count. I don’t need to have billions to support our community either way few notes in my pocket can help someone to achieve a certain step in life maybe his/ her dream might comes true.
Famous people born under star sign cancer? I belong here too, some of these celebrities are my inspirational heroes
First there is former South Africa president Nelson Mandela, Ashley Tisdale, Selena Gomez, George W. Bush, Tom Cruise, Jessica Simpson, Jasmine Richards, Raven Goodwin, Jennette McCurdy, Drake Bell, Saloni Desai, Sophia Bush, Lindsy Lohan, & Princess Diana, Meryll Streep, Courtney Cox, Sifiso Zulu and more
18th Monday July 2011 another happy birthday to former president Nelson Mandela
Three mobile unit teams sharing one vision, one mission and one aim service delivery “Mpilonhle’s mission to improve the health and social development of persons in the Umkhanyakude District”. We are committed to our work
Make the circle bigger it our official opening and closing of the camp and its where we introduce the aim of the camp, Mpilonhle, entire staff, schedule overview and assigning tasks.
Thanks to Tom shoes for continuing donating thousands of shoes to learners, what I’ve learnt is that some of the learners they use this shoes as their normal school shoes indeed there was a need for this. During school gathering or brake time you can notice that everyone is comfortably wearing Tom shoes and that’s grate.
Arrival of Tom shoes and off load
Photographs were collected at various Skill Camps
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Giba High School has been added in our program with approximately +/-1400 learners and it is located at Hluhluwe roughly its about 1h30 min drive from Mpilonhle office, currently our Mobile Units are there provide various services to the learners. Our well trained staff doing their best to keep learners updated and ahead in health education, computer education and more
“we serve uMkhanyakude District”
Our team is preparing for One Sight re-visits from the 29th-30th Nov continues to the 1st-10th of Dec 2010, last year everything went well in all departments and we had about thousands of people who were coming from Umkhanyakude District, most of them were coming for eye test, to Mpilonhle services and others to witness if we were really giving away free eye glasses … I can’t wait to see this
Mpilonhle Mobile Unit One at Madwaleni High School this is what was happening through out the 1st week, our compulab is always packed, more classwork/ homework and assignment programs, more office programs, more typing programs, more computer quizzes and more fun through out learning.
2nd week at Nkosana High School, pictures were taken from grade 11 learners “you cant miss the IT Training Session” every learner at the school they want to be a part of this. some of the learners they even book the break time so that they can do their research or assignments even at after school you will be amazed that I’m always the last person to close my class because of these learners doing their daily homework’s and assignments.
Excitement from learners, another thousand of shoes give away from Tom Shoes
Great commitment from Mpilonhle staff, each day was a challenge at this stage we have successfully completed at least six big schools. What you see here on these photos is what we were doing last week.
Another schools follows…
Another day at Nomathiya High School all three units from Mpilonhle doing school registration each day by day
Photographers at their best
Free shoe gifts from Tom Shoes
One grade at a time, learners from different grades at the schools, waiting in lines for registration, some of the staff members were responsible in traffic controlling, capturing or updating learner’s information in the administration system, photographers taking photos, IT Guys ensuring that each and every learners once was registered he or she appear on the server
by Mpilonhle Mobile Unit One “ISIQALO”
A learner at Nkosana High School in grade 12, he was referred to the Social Worker for being an orphan (lives with mother), through the interview it was discovered that he has never met with his father since birth. It was than agreed that searching for his father was the main self mission he has set for himself. He often gave a lot of thoughts as to how it feels to have and grow up in the presence of a father.
The Social Worker did the best he could for the client, the mother of the client was invited for an interviewed at school, for further information on the father, the mother did respond well and cooperated through out the process of the interview, the major problem in the course of the search, was that the father of the client had retired and his’ where abouts were unknown.
A media program for missing persons was utilized, the father’s profile was sent and the father did respond and this lead to the meeting arrangement, in Durban. The client currently lives with his father and hold temporal jobs and was well received by the step mother.
This has truly brought joy to the client’s life and the need for Social Workers to intervene and change lives of those that need help was truly realized. All this happened during the year 2009.
By Mpilonhle Mobile Unit One (ISIQALO)
It was on the 22nd of May 2008, when a learner of 17 years of age tested positive, although it was business as usual, what was exceptional with this case, was that she was failing to cope and could not understand why she tested positive because she had never been sexually active or sexually molested.
Her CD4 count was done on the 27th of May 2008 and it came back on the 26th of June 2008 very low i.e. 37 and 6.72 in percentage. Our next plan of action was to refer the learner to the local clinic (Mtubatuba Clinic) for initiation of ARTs; she was then taken to the Mtubatuba clinic by our driver and nurse to be introduced to the clinic setting and handed over to the ART Department for further management.
The Mtubatuba clinic was requested to start treatment and in this case her mother had to be called (phoned), she was reluctant to allow her child to start ARV’s and requested that we leave her child alone, as she did not send her child to be tested for HIV but with our nurse and social worker’s persuasive skills and explanation they managed to get her consent so that the child could start ARV’s as soon as possible. Then the client was put on a fast tracking programme i.e. where baseline blood is taken and the client starts taking ARV’s immediately without attending the compulsory literacy classes as this would follow while the client had already been started on ARV’s on the 21st of August 2008. Feedback given to us was that she was doing well on treatment.
This story shows us the good that is done by Mpilonhle (a good life) to the community of Umkhanyakude District because without Mpilonhle the child would still not know her status yet she was having a low CD4 count, which could lead to unnecessary death that can be prevented.