The Eshane project began in December 2008 and from the outset was quite different from those in the other communities, in that it was a part of the National Integrated Plan for Children and Families Affected and Infected by HIV and AIDS (NIP). The project was originally funded by the Department of Social Development, which meant that in addition to the ECD services rendered, the practitioners were also required to provide Home Based Care to the families with whom they worked.
TIn September 2011 Kinderfonds Mamas began funding the project, and the focus is now on holistic ECD as in the other communities.
The Eshane area is vast, covering some 150km². The Abahambi walk long distances to visit homes and meet the children. Only a small percentage of the children are able to visit the Toy Library which is situated in the grounds of the Tribal Court, but our mobile Toy Library visits 10 different venues in Eshane once a month so that all the families have the opportunity to exchange toys and attend a play session.
The Buddies in Eshane are unfortunately not able to meet as a group because of the distances between villages. Instead they meet in 4 smaller groups.
The food gardens have contributed significantly to improving the food security for families. Being able to feed their children fresh vegetables they have produced gives the caregivers a sense of pride. One food garden cluster has been contracted to supply fresh vegetable to the Schools’ feeding programme. This means the children are eating fresh vegetables and the families are generating some income.
LETCEE and the Eshane community are grateful to Kinderfonds MAMAs who support this project so generously.