The Limpopo province, which is predominantly rural, is divided into five district municipalities, namely: Capricorn, Mopani, Sekhukhune, Vhembe and Waterberg. Each district municipality is further demarcated into five local municipalities giving a total of twenty-five. Development corporations have also been restructured and consolidated at provincial level.
The population of the Limpopo province is estimated at 5.5m of which 54.6% is women, 45.4% is men and youth at 39.4%. The unemployment rate is at 48.8%, the HIV infection is at 21.5 %. Unemployment in the province is estimated at 35, 6%.
The fact that more than 40% of the population consists of youth and that HIV/AIDS infection rate is high suggest a greater need for human resource development, as well as more expenditure on education and health. Owing to its predominant rural nature the province experiences enormous urban migration with the result that skilled people leave the province in a search for greener pastures. Hence there is a dearth of skilled people. Another challenge is posed by the fact that Limpopo shares borders with Zimbabwe and Mozambique. As a result there are large unquantifiable numbers of illegal immigrants in the province.
It is based upon the dire need of services in the Limpopo province that in 2008 OLIVE LEAF Foundation (OLF) resolved to replicate its key programs there. Capacity development related interventions continue to confirm the need for our services in the area. During the previous year, 2010, OLF has proudly sharpened the skills of more than sixty organizations on how to develop systems of governance for programme implementation and financial management.
One of the organizations that OLF is now mentoring, Setahle Home Based Care made several attempts to get funding but all in vain, however, with the aid of OLF they now secured funding from local Lottery. The department of Social Development, which is a key partner, was pivotal in identifying all the organizations that has benefited thus far.
Since its inception in the province, OLF has restored dignity and brought hope to many of its target audience, for example; over 2000 orphans and vulnerable children (OVC) received psychosocial support related services. OLF’s current partnerships with schools, crèches and drop-in-centres are exceedingly appreciated as our programmes assist significant number of children with coping mechanism, more especially because OLF focuses on those impoverished deep rural areas where the need is immense.
OLF is positive that its integrated OVC program is a key intervention as it assist a child to realize his/her full potential, because inasmuch as the focus is a child, the program ensures that the family as well as its community are also enabled to be suitable auspices to the child.
OLF Limpopo is determined to solicit resources to add to the current USAID / Pact SA funding, hoping that a vast number of OVC may receive adequate aid and so realize their full potential.
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