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Monday, 05 June 2017 01:00

Gogo Olympics is changing the lives of community carers

While many people are complaining about the lack of adequate services in South Africa, others are rolling up their sleeves and doing something about it.

Cwengi Myeni is one of those people. She not only cares about the many young children who are orphaned through HIV/AIDS but she cares about their carers too. Many of whom are grandmothers, who instead of resting in their twilight years, are looking after the village children who have no one else to care for them.

Some “Gogos” (grandmothers) look after up to ten children at a time.

Myeni, who has spent 30 years as a nurse in her community, realised that it was not just children who needed to stay healthy, but also the grandmothers who were feeding, clothing and protecting the village children who needed to be supported as well. When she too was of retirement age, she joined the Hillcrest AIDS Centre Trust and made house calls to people who needed help and support within the community.

Inspired by what she encountered on these visits, she started a “Gogo Support Group”.

“I believe that people from the community should help with the development of their own communities” she says in this video made for Beautiful News.

The group has now grown to over 2 000 members. For many, the support group has helped them cope with the draining financial resources and physical energy it takes to care for young children.

“The AIDS epidemic has changed lives in South Africa; it is the grannies who are taking care of the grandchildren. So I started a project of support groups. That’s when I realised that I needed to introduce something that would keep them fit.”

Myeni then came up with the idea of “Gogo Olympics”. The day brings all the caring grandmothers together for a day of unity, physical activity and most importantly support.

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