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Exploring community resilience strategies on challenges faced by orphans and vulnerable children affected by HIV and AIDS in EkurhuleniMetropolitan Municipality, Gauteng

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dc.contributor.advisor Du Toit, D. A. (Denise A.)
dc.contributor.author Ngonyama, Luyanda George
dc.date.accessioned 2014-04-09T09:48:03Z
dc.date.issued 2013-11
dc.identifier.citation Ngonyama, Luyanda George (2013) Exploring community resilience strategies on challenges faced by orphans and vulnerable children affected by HIV and AIDS in EkurhuleniMetropolitan Municipality, Gauteng, University of South Africa, Pretoria, <http://hdl.handle.net/10500/13333> en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10500/13333
dc.description.abstract Evidence suggests that caring for orphans and vulnerable children affected by HIV and AIDS remains one of the greatest challenges facing South Africa. Statistics indicate that there are 1.91 million AIDS orphans in the country (UNICEF, 2012; Statistics South Africa, 2009:8)). The majority of these orphans live in rural and poor urban households. Caring for orphans and vulnerable children places severe strain on support systems, such as the extended family; this spills over into the community. Providing care and support also places an extra burden on the already overstretched welfare sector and drains state resources. The primarily objective of this study was to explore community resilience strategies on challenges faced by orphans and vulnerable children affected by HIV and AIDS in Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality, Gauteng. A purposive sample of 32 participants was selected and field data were collected over a period of two months using a structured research guide. A combination of data collection methods was employed in order to explore different perspectives of community resilience strategies on challenges faced by orphans and vulnerable children affected by HIV and AIDS in Benoni. Emerging data illustrate a clear account on the impact of the AIDS epidemic in Benoni. All of the respondents were directly or indirectly affected by the epidemic. This should be located within the high prevalence of HIV and AIDS and the high number of orphans in Ekurhuleni. The study findings further suggest a correlation between socioeconomic challenges and the AIDS epidemic in Ekurhuleni. This is demonstrated through the challenges experienced by orphans and vulnerable children in Benoni, which include: non-disclosure by parents of their illness; economic deprivation and disrupted schooling; children caring for an ill parent with AIDS and child-headed households; emotional, sexual and economic exploitation, stigmatisation and discrimination. Despite these challenges, through community resilience the Benoni community has taken some initiatives to mitigate against these challenges. This includes the establishment of a community based organisation which provides basic services to orphans and vulnerable children in Benoni. To date this organisation has successfully provided material and psychosocial to more than 278 orphans. The success of this initiative confirms the importance of community driven interventions using the resilience framework to supports orphans and vulnerable, rather than dependency on the government imposed programmes- top down approach. However, community based programmes need to be strengthened by the government and non-governmental organisations in order to maximise benefits. en
dc.format.extent 1 online resource (xi, 95 leaves)
dc.language.iso en en
dc.subject HIV and AIDS en
dc.subject Affected en
dc.subject Challenges en
dc.subject Community en
dc.subject Exploring en
dc.subject Vulnerable Children en
dc.subject Resilience en
dc.subject Orphans en
dc.subject Lithanza Community Development Association en
dc.subject Benoni en
dc.subject.ddc 362.19697920096822
dc.subject.lcsh AIDS (Disease) -- Social aspects -- South Africa -- Gauteng
dc.subject.lcsh AIDS (Disease) -- Social aspects -- South Africa -- Gauteng.
dc.subject.lcsh Children of AIDS patients -- Care -- South Africa -- Gauteng
dc.subject.lcsh Orphans -- Care -- South Africa -- Gauteng
dc.subject.lcsh Orphans -- Services for -- South Africa -- Gauteng
dc.title Exploring community resilience strategies on challenges faced by orphans and vulnerable children affected by HIV and AIDS in EkurhuleniMetropolitan Municipality, Gauteng en
dc.type Thesis en
dc.description.department Psychology en
dc.description.degree M.A. (Social Behaviour Studies)


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