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Project information

Community Outreach Programme

To offer relief services, to people living with HIV and AIDS and families affected by HIV and AIDS, in underserved rural communities in and around the crossroads of the Mpumalanga, Gauteng and Free State provinces, South Africa.

It is ongoing.

Charity information: The Topsy Foundation UK

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  • Need


    The consequences of living with HIV and AIDS cannot be successfully treated in isolation, but rather by taking into account the numerous aspects affecting the lives of those living in rural communities in South Africa such as poverty, under-development and lack of resources and education. Through a range of projects the Topsy Community Outreach Programme brings genuine benefit to the quality of life of a significant number within the communities served.


    Through three related projects: 1) Home-based care project; which provides basic medical care and counseling, access to social grants, food and educational support through home visits. 2) Orphaned and vulnerable children project which focuses on assistance to families who have taken in orphaned relatives and provides particular support to 'parent-children' and 3) Vegetable Gardening Project which supplies start-up seeds and tools to families to help them become self-sufficient.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To provide access to healthcare, food, social support, counselling and to address educational needs


    » Fieldworkers outreach work which identifies people needing our services. Their home visits offer a wide range of support.
    » Provision of food parcels to families earning less than ZAR710 per month.
    » Support, tools and seeds to start and maintain vegetable gardens to supplement the food parcels.
    » Provision of school uniforms and other school-related items.

    What success will look like

    Success will be demonstrated through poverty alleviation, improved health and well-being and an increased number of children attending school.

  • Impact


    1) Decreased stigma surrounding HIV and AIDS: success will be demonstrated through improved community awareness and education.
    2) Decreased poverty: success demonstrated through increased average household incomes and skills training.
    3) Improved health, well-being and life-expectancy of community members: success demonstrated through proper adherence to ARV treatment and healthy eating.
    4) Increased level of education: success demonstrated through greater number of children at school.


    A detailed SWOT analysis was conducted in March 2010 to analyse the possible risks to this project. We are confident we have the right infrastructure in place to deal with any intrinsic risks that might arise. From experience we have the capability to deal with certain environmental and political problems that have arisen in recent years.


    Staff have determined impact indicators for each of the three project within our Community Outreach Programme and records for analysis are routinely kept. These figures are recorded on our database monthly to enable a through study for our impact. Regular written reports with photos are prepared.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £77,400

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      Amount Heading Description
      £20,100 Project delivery Fieldworkers and social workers salaries
      £34,500 Food parcels Supply of food parcels to over 1,150 families
      £4,200 Transport and petrol The roads are in very poor condition and very limited public transport, therefore vehicles needed
      £11,200 Project materials Seeds, tools, school clothing etc
      £7,400 Admin & Communication Management and administration of the project

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Anonymous £16,300 Guaranteed
  • Background


    The Topsy Foundation works in and around the crossroads of the Mpumalanga, Free State and Gauteng provinces. Activities take place from a central project site at Grootvlei, in Mpumalanga Province, called the Topsy Sanctuary. This province has one of the higher HIV/AIDS prevalence rates, being 15.4% in 2008, and with pregnant women at 32% in 2007. The communities here struggle with poverty. Compounded by the fact that work is scarce, the disease prevents people from gaining access to employment


    Communities as a whole, but in particular orphaned and vulnerable children.

    On a larger scale, we are contributing to the development needs of South Africa - the Topsy Foundation assists with 5 out of the 8 Millennium Development Goals.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    We are the only NPO working in this area doing the kind of work that we are doing;
    We are the only non profit organisation initiating ART in the area;
    Our fieldworkers are employed from the communities in which they work, which means that they have instant buy-in with the communities, and they understand the unique problems associated with these communities;
    We have been operating for ten years, and have an excellent, proven track record in the communities.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Our Fieldworkers

    The key to Topsy’s success has been to identify, employ and train field-workers from the community in which the project is active.