Oak Tree Fine Press was founded to raise money for organisations offering assistance to children living with or affected by HIV/AIDS and, since the publication of our first volume in 2006, all our profits have been donated to many such charities and groups. Some of the organisations that we support today not only assist such children directly but indirectly also – helping them to help themselves to a better future.
At the end of 2009 approximately 33.3 million people globally were living with HIV — more than 2 million of them were children under the age of 15, whose early lives have been deeply affected by the crisis.
In the year ending December 2010 the estimated number of children living with HIV had increased by 400,000.
Every day 1,400 children die from an AIDS-related illness and another 1,800 are newly infected with HIV.
More than one million children have been left orphaned by the AIDS epidemic in South Africa. Without the support of their parents, these children are less able to get nutritious food and important services, such as healthcare, and are more vulnerable to exploitation.
East and Southern Africa remains the area most heavily affected by the HIV epidemic. Out of the total number of people living with HIV worldwide in 2009, 34% resided in 10 countries of Southern Africa. New HIV infections among children due to mother-to-child transmission of HIV are also significant in the region.
The Lonely Road Foundation empowers a grassroots, community-based response to critical issues for children in rural and underprivileged communities across South Africa who have been orphaned and made vulnerable.
Launched as an activation agency, The Lonely Road initiates projects, links to existing support programmes and creates a sustainable environment for rural and underprivileged communities to build their own capacity to care for their Orphans and Vulnerable Children (OVC).
Through a commitment to working in partnership with existing organizations and stakeholders (such as Government, NGOs, Corporate Companies, Funding Institutions and Volunteers), The Lonely Road Foundation provides underprivileged communities with:
We strive to gather resources and explore sustainable methods to actively support the growing number of child-headed households.
"Bwafwano" means "helping one another"
Bwafwano is a community based care organisation set up by a local nurse in 1996 on the outskirts of Lusaka. It is run by local people who volunteer their time and effort to provide care and support to orphans, vulnerable children and their caregivers and to improve their life in the community.
They have established a community school, training centres and health clinics. Their aim is to provide not only the basic health care and education to patients and caregivers but to create a stable environment for them to live and encouragement for the local community to lend care and support to the growing HIV/AIDS and TB population. Bwafwano also works to prevent the spread of these diseases through the education and the training of caregivers in the skills necessary to support others.
Oak Tree has agreed to sponsor for the next two years the salaries of a new Clinical Officer and midwife nurse in the Maternal Child Health Clinic. It is currently very difficult to monitor under-nourished children and to identify when a child has HIV or TB and a Clinical Officer will be able to undertake this very important role. The clinic has been without a midwife for almost three years now and her/his addition to the team will mean they can provide, amongst other things, HIV testing, ante-natal clinics, and give invaluable help and advice for HIV positive mothers. The Clinical Officer and nurse would see up to 30 patients each day.
In 1998 the number of ORV’s (Orphans and vulnerable children) stood at 125, today the number is 1341
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hArt's aim through the arts is to help the kids determine their own direction and change, as well as build their own dreams
hArt Day Centre was established to address the problem of homeless youth on the streets of Johannesburg. It aims to re-establish the self- esteem of street kids and offer them a drive and purpose in life.
Whilst still in its infancy they have already established a centre in Johannesburg where homeless children/teens aged 15 - 19 can come and engage in all forms of art. They provide them with something constructive to do during the day while giving them the opportunity to be tutored not only in art but also in life skills.
hArt provide a basic meal once a day and are open Monday to Friday from 9am to 4pm. The kids are also provided with a clean set of used clothing and a place to shower.
The centre employs 3 full time staff members and also uses the service of volunteers and professionals to offer specific training. The relationships and life skills that develop at the centre will assist the kids when employment opportunities arise or even provide a platform for them to sell their work.
Oak Tree Fine Press has committed to covering the expense of an additional full time member of staff for the next four years and contributing towards other running costs of the centre.
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Miracle Mission, established in 1999, is a small residential care facility for children in South Africa. It provides a home for children in distress - children abandoned, abused, neglected, and those who have been infected with the HIV virus. Most are newborn and initial care is critical. In their words "our goal is to ensure the very best long term care for these children and to see them settled in that environment as soon as possible"
Cecily‘s Fund helps over 8,500 Zambian children, who have been orphaned by AIDS, to go to school by giving them shoes, uniforms, books, pens and help with fees. Education reduces their risk of catching HIV and helps them thrive as adults. They also help train orphans as teachers and peer health educators, so they can share life-saving knowledge with thousands more children. It was set up in memory of Cecily Eastwood who died in an accident while volunteering in Zambia.
Kids Haven was founded in 1992 as a response to the plight of street children, and consists of a drop-in programme, shelter, bridging school, practical skills programme, childrens' homes, family reunification and community development programme.
It has been noted as an example of best practice in social development by numerous individuals and organizations, including the MEC for Social Development and the Nelson Mandela Children's Fund.
The Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) was founded in 1998 in Cape Town, South Africa. The organisation campaigns for treatment for people with HIV and to reduce new HIV infections. Their efforts have resulted in many life-saving interventions, including the implementation of country-wide mother-to-child transmission prevention and antiretroviral treatment programmes.
The TAC also runs a treatment literacy campaign: this is a training programme on the science of HIV treatment and prevention.
The Thusong Children's Centre was established in 1994 as a shelter for abandoned and abused children living on the streets. Since its inception, more than 300 children have been placed back into society equipped with the social and economic tools to have a fair chance at creating lives for themselves. There are currently more than 150 children living in the centre.
Founded by Gail Johnson in April 1999 and named in honour of her 12 year old foster son and in memory of his biological mother who was unable to look after him, Nkosi's Haven was officially opened on 14th April 1999. Infected with HIV from birth, Nkosi passed away on 1 June 2001 from an AIDS related disease. Today more than 250 children are cared for in its centers.
The Sugarbush Foundation is based Johannesburg, South Africa, the epicenter of the HIV/AIDS pandemic in southern Africa. It is a registered non-profit organization whose primary objective is the support of children in need.
Riders is an award-winning social enterprise working to make sure all health workers in Africa have access to reliable transportation so they can reach the most isolated and vulnerable people with regular and predictable health care.
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The Karoo Animal Protection Society is the only organisation providing a mobile welfare service for animals in the deprived areas of the Little Karoo in rural South Africa. In these deprived communities, poverty is a way of life. People who can barely feed their children will keep a dog chained up and feed it potato peelings.
KAPS takes free welfare services on a daily basis into an area approaching 5,000 sq km. As well as dipping, deworming, feeding, sterilising and rescuing animals, volunteers work to assist and educate the thousands of owners, transforming communities.
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