|Daily emergency fund (DEF)||Emergency transport to hospital and treatment for very sick/poor patients
The fund also has a special needs component for specific emergency needs e.g. mattress/ bedding/roofing
|Home Based Care team at Good Shepherd Hospital/PDI team|
|Maternal Child Health Fund (MCH)||Emergency hospital admission and feeding for severely malnourished infants||Paediatrician (Dr. Joyce Mareverwa) at GSH /PDI team|
|Mealie Meal Project (MM)||Emergency food supplement for very poor/very sick families||PDI team|
Income generation projects include chicken/fish/pork projects. PDI is involved at every step from business planning to execution.
Vegetable gardens for long term food supply. PDI provides fencing/tools/seeds/education
This consists of:
A project to provide comfort care and dignity to people who are bedbound or terminally ill. Involves engaging community attendants to sit with patients – wash them/clean teeth/comb hair/shave/ clothe/ provide comfort care like nappies for incontinence
PDI team and local community ‘dignity attendants’
Members of the choir sing each week to PDI clients/patients.
Every person or family who is assisted engages in a contract of helping others – eg someone is assisted with agricultural project and they will then sit in conversation with an old grandmother in the community for an hour each week, or collect water for an orphan child.
The PDI team
In keeping with PDI’s ethos of true sustainable change, our team works with families to help generate an income for themselves.
We begin by helping the family to create a strategic plan for a small business venture appropriate to them. Current projects include small scale chicken farming, pig farming, purchase and sale of fish to community members, selling of sweets, vegetables and other produce.
Tina Matsenjwa is an example of an Income generation success story. She has AIDS and lives in a very rural part of the Lubombo region. She is a warm, tender person who looks after 6 kids and she has been living in extreme poverty. PDI started an income generation project with her (Where she goes across the border to Mozambique and purchases fish) She brings them back and sells them to her community. She has been doing so well that she has sent her children to school and put electricity in her home. Through our Tandla Tiyagezana (one hand helps the other project) she gives at least one fish to a local Gogo (Grandma) down the road – to extend the chain of kindness…. The video below shows the day that PDI purchased a freezer as a cold storage area for the fish which she sells…