ESSA Christian AIDS Programme

ESSA Christian AIDS Programme (ECAP) mobilises local communities in South Africa to fight the HIV, TB and STI pandemics and improve the quality of life for those infected and affected. Communities are recruited and trained through local churches and Christian organisations. 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 townships.

E3 funding is enabling ECAP to:

  • Conduct 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.
  • Support 50 of the neediest orphaned and vulnerable children through 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 training sessions on HIV stigma with the aim of reaching 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.