Through its network partners (the CCN) the CHABAHIVA Trust has a wide and diverse footprint in South Africa. (Visit our Map of Projects and Programmes.) It is therefore a given that the impact of the Trust’s work as Fund Manager as well as project implementer will be manifold and widespread.
Cognisant of the complexities of measuring the impact of different interventions in different communities the Trust opts for an impact assessment approach. Our method is the identification of narratives of change that can be attributed to our interventions.
Change can happen on different levels, for example change in understanding, attitudes, or behaviour. Change can be seen (and acknowledged) in the lives of individuals or in what happens in communities or groups. Change should preferably be positive change, but sometimes it can be the prevention of regressive change.
“Impact” has become a fashionable word that is often used to impress the reader. We are therefore careful how we evaluate the changes we observe and want to showcase those narratives of change that we assess as evidence of the impact of interventions.
Stories of change
Jackina Baloyi tells her story of how the support of the CHABAHIVA Trust changed her life for the better:
I joined the Hammanskraal Field Band in December 2016 as the Social Officer for the Band. In March 2017 I was part of the leadership team implementing the CHABAHIVA Peer Educator project with members in the band. I became an HIV Peer Educator after attending the CABSA HIV Peer Educator course in May 2017. This gave me the opportunity to learn and grow both personally and in my career. With the support and input from the Field Band Foundation and the CHABAHIVA Trust, I was promoted to lead the Hammanskraal Field Band and CHABAHIVA Peer Educator project in February 2018.
In May 2020 the Hammanskraal Field Band lost its funding and I was again without employment. I started to volunteer at the Tshedimosetso Community Centre and saw that there was a need for HIV Peer Educators. The CHABAHIVA Trust supported my idea and in February 2021 seventeen young adults, also volunteering at the centre, were trained as HIV Peer Educators. I was given the opportunity to be the leader of this group. Being a leader and not a manager was new. It was also challenging as I was also repeating my matric for better results whilst being a single mother of two girls.
The CHABAHIVA Trust appointed Anita du Toit as my mentor for the year. These mentorship sessions with Anita changed my life! Before I did not have the confidence to achieve my goals. Every year I planned but ended up quitting because I was not confident and struggled with low self-esteem.
Now I feel like I’m growing because my weaknesses are becoming my strengths. I can interact more easily with people. I can share my personal thoughts and feelings with my mentor, helping me to be open and honest in my relationships. I now understand myself and I know what I want. I have the power to work in and lead a team with positive outcomes through hard work and determination. I am regularly motivated by Anita’s words: “Never quit, even when you feel overwhelmed. Face the challenges. You will overcome them”.
During the mentoring sessions we also explored and develop a way for me to study, complete my projects and write exams with more ease. It will take a bit of time for me to completely get where I want to be, but I am taking one step at a time.
Since this mentorship I have seen progress in my life. Physically, mentally and socially. I have come to realise that interacting with people helps me to encourage me, be a better communicator and act with confidence and positivity.
I want to thank Anita for all her teachings, dedication and kindness. This did not only help me through this year but will definitely help me moving forward in my personal life, academically, in my career and becoming the woman I want to be.
Complied by Jackina Baloyi; 09/06/2021.
Edited by Judith Bester 29 July 2021
Thol’ulwazi Thol’impilo reported on their food security project to mitigate the effects of Covid-19, June 2021:
CHABAHIVA Trust saw the needs of people living in the remote rural areas of Mkhondo during the early days of the Covid-19 epidemic. They helped Thol’ulwazi to reach remote communities through the donations of food for people who had lost their jobs, were sick and surviving on chronic medication.
Rural children especially, were struggling during the pandemic. Many would receive a meal at school (sometimes the only meal of the day), but the lock-down had closed many schools intermittently, leaving many of them hungry at home, where there was often no food to eat. This had intensified the need for food in rural homes.
The elderly too, were not able to reach town so a bag of maize meal was a huge blessing and also ensured that they received something to eat.
From June 2020 till May 2021 the Thol’ulwazi Thol’impilo team reached 126 sites and blessed 2 910 families (a total of 16 533 individuals). They travelled a total distance of over 11 728 km to reach these people, every kilometre being worth it!
“The Thol’ulwazi Team focuses on mobile sites where the mobiles are stationed for the day, so we can reach people on chronic medication, to prevent them from defaulting on their medication because of hunger. They often feel sicker when taking this medication on an empty stomach, so the risk is that they will stop taking their medicine and in so doing, make themselves even more ill”, Siggi reported.
Above: Community members with food parcels at a mobile clinic.
Many times, when Siggi and Thobile reached the sites, someone would say, “How did you know that I needed food? I just used my last maize meal last night. God is so faithful!”
Thol’ulwazi would like to say a huge THANK YOU to CHABAHIVA Trust and the Evangelical Church Westphalia who sponsored this initiative that is giving poor and destitute people hope during one of the toughest times our community has faced in recent years.
Watch this video and listen to Chief Mthethwa of the Madabukela traditional counsel in Piet Retief thanking Thol’ulwazi and its funders for the support they received. This intervention to provide food security to these communities brought relief in a time of severe distress.
From the HIV Peer Educators project, Springs Field Band Foundation, June 2021:
Busi (the Bands Social Officer) told a beautiful story of one of our Peer Educators:
Sicelo Gama joined the field band in 2013, “I was young and scared when I came to Kenneth for band rehearsal. At church I always heard the bigger boys saying they were going for rehearsal at the field band, then one day I asked one of them if I could come, he said yes.” Sicelo said he was an alto player at church, but when he got to the field band he met Vuvu, who gave him a trumpet, “that’s when I fell in love with the trumpet”.
Yes, for sure I agree he is one of our best trumpet players in the organization.
“The field band has given me so many great experience and knowledge, I am able to perform in a crowd and am able to talk freely about HIV amongst my peers”.
Sicelo is one of our senior members and senior peer educator. His presence at rehearsal is visible, he is a great example to the band and his young siblings as he recruited 5 members from home.
Above: Sicelo with Prenisha Chiba, receiving his new HIV Peer Educators T-shirt.
Eight HIV Peer Educators tell their stories, November 2020:
Watch a video of HIV Peer Educators of the Field Band Foundation Bands in Springs and Hammanskraal telling their stories of how this programme changed their lives:
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