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Our primary focus is the Tetekela Day Care Center which, every day, serves about 150 children impacted by the HIV/AIDs pandemic, ranging in age from 3 to 16. Here the Sisters offer food and shelter, education, recreation and social services in a loving, caring environment. From one meal a day, when we began sending contributions, the Sisters now are able to provide two meals a day and a snack.
In our first visit to Tetekela in 2008 none of the children were able to attend school. Many of them are orphans, some homeless, while others live with relatives or neighbors in villages or in the bush. Now, starting the new term in January 2014, there are 24 boys and 3 girls in secondary school, 29 boys and 21 girls in primary school, and 12 boys and 13 girls in pre-school, primarily as a result of the financial support HFZ has been able to provide. For each student the secondary school fee is K350 ($60.45) per term, and school uniforms cost K150 ($25.86). To attend public school a student must know English. They also must have uniforms, so women are being taught sewing to provide them.
The agonizing part of this ministry is to have to close the doors at 4 p.m. every day and send the children out, many of them having no place to go but the streets. Plans are being developed for a 50 bed residence which will not only give safe secure housing but a place with electricity so that they can study in the evenings.
Vocational training programs for self sufficiency include farming (plowing, planting, irrigation, harvesting, marketing), animal husbandry (raising, slaughtering, marketing pigs, goats and chickens), developing fish farms, and home making skills.