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Fikelela Children’s Centre

Cape Town Fikelela, which means “reach out” in Xhosa, is an outreach program committed to serving the children of South Africa – in particular the youngest victims of the HIV/AIDS pandemic affecting the world. Founded in 2000, the Fikelela Children’s Centre is situated in Mandela Park Khayelitsha and serves the area of the Western Cape and is affiliated with the Anglican Diocese of Cape Town.

The centre provides care and housing for up to 40 very young children, from 0 to 8 years, who have been abandoned, neglected or orphaned, affected or infected by HIV/AIDS. Children are nursed back to health and put on anti-retrovirals, placed into educational facilities and provided with early childhood development programmes, including sport and recreation.

The aim at Fikelela is to reunite children with their families, and where this is not possible, children are placed into good foster homes which are carefully screened and monitored by social workers.

The Emirates Airline Foundation began supporting the running costs of the centre in 2013. The foundation has also committed to funding an extension of the centre, with the construction of a new building on the premises, as well as financing a new roofing project.

Fikelela Children’s Centre

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