Guidelines towards an ecosystemic support programme for HIV and AIDS orphans in the Fezile Dabi region
Dhlamini, Mookho Emily
MetadataShow full item record
In the absence of support programmes for HIV and Aids orphans in the Fezile Dabi Region this research set out to design guidelines towards an ecosystemic support programme to support HIV and Aids orphans in the Fezile Dabi Region. The literature review revealed that HIV and Aids orphans experience a wide range of support needs. Their psychosocial needs impair normal development due to unhappiness, stress, stigma, discrimination and a lack of care, love and support. In addition to this, emotional needs, which emanate from a lack of security and safety manifest in sadness, disruptive behaviour, poor relationships, poor self-image and isolation. Socio-economic needs expose them to poverty and being vulnerable to child labour with little reward, and deprive them of opportunities to obtain a proper education. All the above-mentioned problems lead to educational needs that manifest in poor school attendance, poor concentration, learning breakdown and dropping out of school. In addition to this, physical needs that stem from malnutrition caused by poverty and a low standard of living have an impact on the physical growth and health of the HIV and Aids orphans. In order to find out whether the abovementioned discussion holds true for HIV and Aids orphans in the Fezile Dabi Region, qualitative, phenomenological research by means of structured individual interviews was conducted with a convenient and purposive sample of 43 Black HIV and Aids orphans in the Fezile Dabi Region. The focus of the interviews was to gain a better understanding of the support needs that these learners experience due to HIV and Aids, and to explore how they are supported in dealing with these needs. The empirical research revealed that the HIV and Aids orphans in the Fezile Dabi Region who took part in my study experience psychosocial, emotional, socio-economic, educational and physical needs. Many of the needs, in the absence of strong community-based support in the region, are not supported adequately. Despite the identified needs, the data revealed strong tenets of resilience among the participants who took part in the study. In contrast to the literature, the findings of my study revealed that a number of the HIV and Aids orphans in the Fezile Dabi Region apparently manage to establish good social relationships that help them cope with their problems. Furthermore, they aspire to obtain a good quality education and have ambitions and goals in terms of their future careers that they would like to achieve. Based on the literature review and the interview data, guidelines towards an ecosystemic support programme for the HIV and Aids orphaned learners in the Fezile Dabi Region were designed.
- Education 
Showing items related by title, author, creator and subject.
The psychosocial well-being of orphans in Southern Africa : the perception of orphans and teachers De Witt, M W; Lessing, A C (2010)The escalation in numbers of orphans in Sub-Saharan Africa has become a human catastrophe. If governments do not deal with this phenomenon as a priority it might spiral beyond control. Very few studies have been done to ...
The role of the church in the diaconal care of orphans : a pastoral study with focus on the orphans in the Limpopo Province, Vhembe district Nthangeni, Thinavhuyo (North-West University, 2005)Because of HIV/AIDS and many related diseases, parents are dying and leaving their children in trouble and without care. This is a stark reality that certainly applies to rural areas, including the area of Vhembe district ...
Christian ethics and compassion ministry to orphans and vulnerable children in the current AIDS crisis in South Africa Brown, David Jonathan (North-West University, 2011)The Republic of South Africa has the largest number of people living with HIV/AIDS in the world; the disease is classified as “hyper–epidemic” here. It is estimated that almost half of the deaths in the country are now ...