The Beneficiary

Though not limited, Camp Bambanani works with a network of the following support groups that work with vulnerable children and youth from within Durban, the greater Durban metropolitan area, and surrounding townships. The onus of selecting children to attend camps is on each support group. The only ‘criteria’ that Camp Bambanani requires from the support groups is that the children are vulnerable, they come from their support group and will give the necessary support to the children after the camp.

Brief Description of The Support Groups
Sinekithemba - McCords Hospital, Durban. An HIV/AIDS Centre that provides comprehensive medical and holistic services to people living with HIV/AIDS. The largest HIV/AIDS adult support group in KwaZulu Natal and has an established support group for children and youth.

Youngz in Action (Stanger, Kwa Mashu & Umlazi): a year round programme that supports the children of the adult Sinekithemba support group members. Formed by parents to help their children emotionally and spiritually cope with the HIV status of their carers. The youth meet once a month to participate in programmes for them to socialize and support each other.

Sinethemba: Durban metropolitan area and surrounding suburbs. This Child Welfare programme functions as a centre for street youth and other vulnerable children, primarily teenage boys between 12 and 17. It provides accommodation, meals, counselling, medical and rehabilitation facilities. Sinethemba ultimately seeks to re-integrate the youth back into their families and communities.

Youth For Christ: a member of the Durban Child Welfare network, Youth For Christ works with street kids, vulnerable children and youth in the city and surrounding suburbs and townships such as Kwa Mashu. They primarily have shelters that cater for girls but their community projects also include boys.

William Clark/Othandweni Children’s Garden: a residential facility in the Durban Children’s Society network, one of the largest children’s homes in the province. All the children are admitted through a court order and range in age from birth to 19. The organization serves a range of children including those who are HIV+, and those with physical and mental disabilities. Over half of the school going children in residence attend special schools.

Siyaphambili is a non profit organisation that works with and within poor and marginalised communities to ensure that orphans and vulnerable children and their families are able to attain their basic human rights. Siyaphambili is currently working with four communities in Kwa Zulu Natal and have close to 1300 vulnerable children and youth. Some of their programmes include, after school care, kids clubs, life skills, support groups, early childhood development programmes (mums and tots), youth groups and home based care to the sick. In each community Siyaphambili works with a community based team which is headed by a co-ordinator who supervises a team of between 10 to 20 outreach workers and youth peer educators.