HEALTH & NUTRITION
This year we have started health education sessions to inform the community about the realities of well-known health issues and dispel common myths. We will be focussing on diabetes, TB, high blood pressure and HIV.
We also run our annual Health Check days, that sees all of the children in our programmes receive a full check-up (eyes, ears, teeth, diet, BMI, etc.) from a team of volunteer professionals. Where follow-up care is needed, Rays of Hope works to see that this is provided.
In partnership with a number of supermarkets, Rays of Hope distributes fresh food on a weekly basis to people across Alexandra. The food supports people in all of our programmes, as well as benefiting many other organisations in Alex that we work with, including the Itlhokomeleng Old Age Home and Alex Hospice.
We are also growing our own vegetables to use in the meals that we prepare. The big goal is to establish small vegetable gardens that each of our vulnerable families will use to grow the vegetables that they will use, as in most cases there is no space to do this where they stay.
As fresh food is essential for the development of healthy minds and bodies, we also ensure that the young children at our ECD centre gets fresh food too.
Every week our community care worker visits home-based patients who are in need of encouragement, food to take medication and practical assistance (adult nappies, bedding, etc.)
How you can partner with us:
- Donations of non-perishable foods (maize meal, tinned foods, rice, pasta, samp, etc.)
- We’re looking for more stores willing to partner with us in this programme
- Covering some of the petrol costs for the collection and distribution of the food