Poverty and inequality are amongst the most severe human rights concerns in South Africa. Many people are still without access to food, shelter, jobs and health care services. Continued and unacceptable levels of poverty, as well as growing inequality, have made South Africa one of the world’s leading societies of contrast. Poverty currently affects 40% of the population of South Africa.
In addition to fighting poverty, South Africa is experiencing the largest HIV and AIDS epidemic in the world. Figures for 2014 state that an estimated 6.4 million South Africans are HIV positive. Almost 25% of all South African children under the age of 15 have lost at least one parent to AIDS. T.B. is rife and child-headed households are on the increase.
Tuberculosis (TB) is the leading cause of death in South Africa, a trend that needs to be seen in the context of the HIV epidemic. People living with HIV are at a far higher risk of developing active tuberculosis as a weakened immune system will facilitate the development of the disease. Similarly, TB can accelerate the course of HIV. In countries with high HIV prevalence, TB has tripled in the past two decades, which clearly illustrates the link between the two diseases. Recent statistics (2014) tell us that 148 people per day are dying from TB in South Africa.
It is within this climate that Project Gateway aims to bring hope and an improved quality of life to people in and around the city of Pietermaritzburg. We have a number of projects devoted to helping the poorest of the poor:
- Sunset Overnight Shelter
- Boarding home for GCS children
- Community gardens and creches
- Feeding schemes and food parcels
- HIV/AIDS and TB training
- Psycho-Social support
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