ESSA Christian AIDS Programme

ESSA Christian AIDS Programme (ECAP) works to mobilise local communities in South Africa to fight the HIV, TB and STI pandemics and improve the quality of life for those infected and affected. ECAP’s work involves recruiting and training communities, through local churches and Christian organisations, to effectively respond to Tuberculosis, STIs and HIV and AIDS with a passion to improve the quality of life for people affected and infected in various communities.

Molly Kubheka leads ECAP. She has committed her life to be an advocate for the rights of people living with HIV and to address the problem of stigma in local churches and communities. Her passion is to see HIV and AIDS awareness programmes in schools, local churches, and township communities.

This year, E3 funding will enable ECAP to:

  • Conduct 6 HIV and AIDS workshops with a maximum of 25 church leaders in different townships in Pietermaritzburg where HIV and AIDS stigma is still a huge problem.
  • Identify 50 of the neediest orphaned and vulnerable children who will be part of Back to School.
  • Encourage people to adhere to their HIV treatment and provide spiritual support to people living with HIV in 30 support groups.
  • Conduct 25 church-based trainings on HIV stigma with the aim to reach 1,450 people.
  • Budget: £6,700

Siyaphumelela (which means “success”) HIV support group has started income generating activities, including growing vegetables, which are sold door to door in the local community. They also make mats and purses and do bead work. E3 and ECAP are helping them to market their goods online and the group plan to register as a not-for-profit organisation. The group aims to grow to 25 members, so more local people will benefit from emotional and spiritual support and working together to earn an income to support their families.