Nwamitwa Community AIDS Centre

Following the Etafeni model, the Nwamitwa Community AIDS Centre will house a preschool and after school facility for HIV/AIDS affected and vulnerable children, a skills training and income generation grogram for HIV positive women and a large food garden.


A pilot project

The Valoyi Traditional Authority, after seeing the success of the Etafeni Centre in Nyanga, Cape Town, requested their assistance to replicate their model of a community-built, community-staffed center in Nwamitwa. Etafeni agreed to participate and partner with them. Using Etafeni’s “Fit for Life, Fit for Work” program as it’s model for construction, the Nwamitwa Centre is being built by Nwamitwa men and women who are receiving training in all aspects of construction. After completion of the building, the “Fit for Life, Fit for Work” program will be housed in the center. From there, the project will broaden its scope to the wider community.

Following the Etafeni model, the center will house a preschool and after school facility for HIV/AIDS affected and vulnerable children, a skills training and income generation grogram for HIV positive women and a large food garden. The center, through its programs and services will support HIV/AIDS-affected children of the Nwamitwa community and their families.


History

The Valoyi Traditional Authority was established in 2004 with the aim of improving the social and economic well-being of the Nwamitwa (Valoyi) community near Tzaneen in the Limpopo province. Considered one of the most impoverished provinces in South Africa, 70% of the residents in the Nwamitwa region of the Limpopo Province live below the poverty line. 22% have no education and HIV/AIDS rates are estimated at 20.7%. Hosi Tinyiko Nwamitwa, chairperson of the organization, was a member of Parliament for fifteen years who returned to Limpopo to devote herself to the developmental needs of her community. She has the distinction of becoming the first woman formally recognized as a ‘traditional leader’ in South Africa, a title previously the exclusive domain of men. Read more about Hosi Tinyiko Nwamitwa here.