Health Initiatives

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Operation Hunger Community Health Initiatives

Poverty, hunger, HIV/AIDS, TB, terminally ill and dying friends and family members and crime leave communities stressed and unable to cope and sustain themselves. The work of Operation Hunger cannot be successful in demotivated and stressed communities.

Wellness practices have been introduced into communities with whom we work and people have said that they feel healed and motivated to go on with their lives. Some projects have gathered momentum again as a result of the positive mood in the community.

Many of the target communities experience high levels of violence and abuse and many individuals lack self esteem and have no enthusiasm for the future. High stress levels are not only observed but have also been raised as a concern by communities.

Poor people cannot afford expensive counselling and are left to manage stress and trauma on their own.

Unfortunately, stress relief is often sought in drink or drugs. Wellness practices have been introduced into communities to equip them to manage and cope with stress. A short “Emergency Package” of exercises is available on request from Operation Hunger

Water Tank Projects

Operation Hunger Water Tank Projects

Lack of access to clean water has a severe impact on communities throughout our country, and all stakeholders need to join hands in eliminating the challenges.

The development of the rain water tank project is one of the methods adopted by Operation Hunger in providing water storage as a response to the challenges experienced by poor households in rural and peri-urban communities.  An assessment process prior to the commencement of the project ensures that beneficiaries are involved throughout. As the methods used are participatory, trainees include residents from the identified communities. Skills taught equip all participants with the knowledge required to build these tanks. The result is a team of tank builders within each community. Close networking with the local leadership and community structures ensures sustainability of these projects beyond Operation Hunger’s exit.
To date, tanks have been built in the following communities:

  • 14 around Mafikeng and Rustenburg,
  • 98 in Ga-Riba, Tubatse Municipality,
  • 21 in Jane Furse, Limpopo,
  • 26 in Mashawane, Vhembe District, Limpopo,
  • 151 in Ga–Molepane, Limpopo,
  • 69 in Thoto, Limpopo,
  • 10 in Mahloakwana Village, Steelpoort, Limpopo,
  • 61 in Devilliersdale, Limpopo,
  • 4 in Eshowe, Kwa-Zulu Natal

As a result, 454 households have access to clean water through rain water harvesting.