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683 Children receive dental care
On the 7th and 8th of July 2009 the Durban Orphaned and Vulnerable Children (OVC) team hosted their first Grant and Health Jamboree at the Cato Crest Community hall. This event was hosted in partnership with USAID (United States Agency or International Development), OXFAM Australia, the Ethekweni Municipality ( Area Based Management – Cato Manor , Ethekweni HIV and Aids Programm)e, Newstart (VCT), Kwazulu Natal Department of Education, Home Affairs , Health , and Social Development, South African Social Security Agency (SASSA), Cato Manor Clinic , SANCA, Fellowship of Baptist churches in SA as well as other governmental , non governmental and business entities. A grant and health jamboree is an event that brings together health and grant services to the community creating easy access to a variety of core services which are much needed within the Cato Crest Community.
Dr Malcolm Roberts from the Wentworth foundation donated his skills and time to the jamboree event and managed to conduct 683 basic dental checkups for OVC over the two day period. Children that required further dental assistance were referred either to the Wentworth Foundation or local clinics. All of the children also received either a toothbrush or toothpaste that was donated by Colgate for the jamboree event. The Cato Manor clinic provided 123 OVC with Vitamin A drops and 147 OVC received de-worming pills. A further 371 OVC received a basic health check-up from OLF’s Care and Support team. Representatives from the South African National Council on Alcoholism and Drug dependence (SANCA) provided 263 children with information on drug and alcohol awareness and a further 285 OVC received HIV education and 283 received general education from the Ethekweni HIV and Aids Programme and Hope2Educate. All grade R children were also provided with spiritual support through a puppet show that was hosted by the Fellowship of Baptist churches in SA. The Department of Home Affairs staff assisted 20 caregivers with their applications for birth registrations and a further 19 identification documents were processed over the two day period. The South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) assisted 38 caregivers to access Child support grants, 2 caregivers were assisted with their application for child dependency grants and a further 8 Foster care grants were processed. All children that attended this event were also provided with a nutritional snack.
The Jamboree event was a huge success. Government, business and non governmental partnerships are critical for success if we are to make a significant impact in disenfranchised communities. The event aims to promote sustainable community development as OLIVE LEAF Foundation and its partners continue to work in the Cato Crest Community and surrounding areas.
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