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 is playing an important role for moral generation in school, because of the behavior change. Starting from skills couches to health education, counsellors, nurses and social workers, kids were there to get services from Mpilonhle because they knew that they get impact in what we are giving them.
As health counsellors we do pre-post counselling. We are proud of what we are doing at Mpilonhle and I think we can do more for the kids because most of them they are orphans and others have single parent.
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
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.
A support group was started at Nkodibe High School in May 2009. It wasn’t an easy initiative to implement but we surely got away with it. The support group is for learners from grades 8 to 12 who are affected by and infected with HIV. The learners responded positively to the initiative and now the group is growing stronger everyday. The group was officially named in the presence of all the members. We are called “THANDIMPILO SUPPORT GROUP”. We meet every Tuesdays and Fridays.
The support group is there to help the learners find coping mechanisms in dealing with the everyday challenges that come with being an HIV positive learner. The learners will give and receive support from their peers in the group as they share their similar experiences. I believe that the support group will provide a chance for the learners to face their fears about HIV/AIDS in a safe and understanding environment, they will also be able to share their experiences with people who will not judge them, but give them support.
The support group is also meant to empower and motivate the learners. We have started making bead ribbons and we will soon be starting a garden project. Both the ribbons and the vegetables will be up for sale and we hope that our Mpilonhle Family will be our greatest supporters.
The group sessions are very relaxed, I must say, of course we do have those very emotional sessions.
To Unit 3 and the Social Work Department thank you very much for the tremendous support you are giving us.