Cederberg Matzikama AIDS Network (Citrusdal)

Cederberg Matzikama Aids Network is located in Citrusdal, a small rural town along the West Coast approximately 150 km from Cape Town. The organisation was first established as an Advice but in 2011changed to focus more on HIV/Aids, food security, skills development and family support. This was in response to the prevailing needs of the community and has proven to be an effective strategic focus by the organisation. The organisation first approached the Department of Health for funding and was allocated R50 000 which was increased in the following year to include conducting HIV/Aids awareness programs to seasonal farm workers in farms neighbouring the town. This project has since grown to provide more comprehensive services, i.e. HIV/Aids counselling and testing, Peer educators, blood pressure testing, TB screening and testing for Diabetes. To this extent the organisation now has on staff am Auxiliary nurse, 4 counsellors and Peer educators. In addition the organisation is now implementing 9 projects funded by the Department of Social Development. In 2014 Cederberg started a fundraising campaign towards having their own building which was to be completed by end September 2015.

Governance and management

Cederberg has a Management Board made up of 5 members and a staff complement of 16 with Mr Christiaan Oerson and Ms Tanya Ludick as Project Directors. The rest of the staff is made up of a Para legal officer, Auxiliary Social worker, Management assistant, an Auxiliary Nurse, 4 Kitchen staff, 5 Peer Counsellors and a Peer educator.

Main activities of the LDA

The main activities of the organization are:

  • Providing support to people infected and affected by HIV/Aids
  • Providing counseling and support to families
  • An Orphaned and Vulnerable Children’s program
  • A Youth skills development program for out of school youths
  • A feeding scheme to learners on the local schools and TB patients in the community
  • Health awareness programs for season workers

 

Highlights, achievements, innovative projects

Below are some the achievements of the organisation:

  • Feeding scheme for 480 school children daily in 4 schools in the community
  • Supporting 55 families with food, counselling and Peer support including 5 children on their OVC program
  • Distributed close to 26 000 male and female condoms as part of their HIV/Aids awareness and prevention program