Situated on the South Coast of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, Rehoboth was initially established as the Isibani Trust in 1997 as an organisation working in the rural
areas focusing on educational development. The trust changed its name and its work focus in the year 2000 in response to the AIDS pandemic to concentrate on
caring for children living with HIV/AIDS. The Trust is now a well-established organisation caring for orphaned and abandoned children living with HIV/AIDS and
affected by it and runs on Christian principles. In January 2002 Rehoboth purchased a 9-hectare (22 acres) farm in the rural area close to the Murchison location, a
large community where HIV infection levels are approaching 40%. On this smallholding, a complete Children’s Village was established in 6-years’ time (2008).
Rehoboth further setup a Midway House in Port Shepstone (2010) and opened recently its second Midway House (mid 2017) to raise the older teenage boys into
mature role model adults. This means among others that proper life skills and good education is being provided. At present Rehoboth is caring for 80 children. The
vision of Rehoboth is to have children grow up into role model adults that will function as transformation agents and will change the HIV/AIDS pandemic in South
Africa from within. Our dream is that they will function as role model adults for others how to live a life although being HIV positive in a positive way with the right
morals and values and the right education levels to contribute positively to the South African Society and change it for the good for the generations to come.
“Caring for orphaned and abandoned children living with HIV/AIDS or affected by it and raise them into mature role model adults”
- 0 – 3 age range
- HIV positive or affected by it
- Orphaned or abandoned
- No extended family existing, or willing, or able to care for the orphan
Rehoboth provides a comprehensive care & support facility for children living with HIV/AIDS in a unique award winning environment, providing a family home to
grow up in. Most children in the village are receiving Antiretroviral Treatment (ART’s) and are responding well to the treatment regime. In 2008 and in 2014,
Rehoboth received the Govan Mbeki Human Settlements Award for best NGO of the Year. In 2012 Rehoboth won the Dow Global Responsible Care Award.
Philosophy & Infrastructure
Rehoboth believes that the family is the cornerstone of society. Rehoboth has therefore fulltime housemothers for each house with a backup reliever for her time
off. Each house operates as a normal household (food, laundry, etc). Central services provided on site are a baby crèche and a pre-primary crèche for early childhood
development and our own Education Centre from grade R up to high school. Additionally we have a high care medical clinic on site, a multi-sports field, a chapel and
a swimming pool. For the school age children either schooling in town or schooling at the Rehoboth Village is provided as we belief in tailor made care per child.
Lastly we have volunteers’ accommodation on site for our international or local volunteers. Recently Rehoboth received land donated from the local Chief. This land
will be utilised to start building several low cost houses next year. This will be the last stepping stone to independency for some of our children who have no family
or income to sustain themselves.
Rehoboth’s 5 Way Holistic Childcare Programme
Rehoboth’s Child’s Care has an integrated 5-way holistic approach. The focus is on individual childcare as each child is unique and has therefore different needs.
Our children receive high care medical support and regular check-ups. Our clinic is managed by the Murchison hospital, which runs the ART programme for our
children, so instead of the children having to go to the hospital, the hospital is coming to the children’s village.
Morning devotions are part of everyday life with Bible studies for children and staff held on a regular basis. The children at school have also daily devotions. The
children receive prayer and are taught how to pray. The housemothers are encouraged to raise the children on biblical principles with the right morals and values.
Visits to local churches on a Sunday are scheduled in on a timetable basis and further Rehoboth has its own chapel with services.
Children are encouraged to do physical activities including: swimming (Rehoboth has a pool on site), beach outings, hiking, running, mountain biking and supervised
play on our multi-sports field and jungle gyms.
Many children arrive highly traumatised. We identify the needs and make available appropriate therapies, which include: psychotherapy, play therapy, occupational
therapy, physiotherapy and speech therapy. Also other therapists from outside the organisation can be utilised to uncover some of the emotional hurts and needs.
We run an early childhood development education programme in the form of a baby and pre-primary crèche to prepare the children going to primary school and
provide schooling on site from grade R up until high school. Further children go to 5 different schools in town. Our own transport takes these children to these
different schools. The school on site provides tailor-make education per child in order for them to reach their full potential.
Rehoboth has a number of programmes which are working towards being more self-sustainable. Our Child Sponsorship Programme is our main funding source to
cover operational expenditure. We have currently programmes running in the UK, USA, Australia, Canada, America, South Africa and The Netherlands. Rehoboth also
has a vegetable tunnel growing fresh vegetables, which meet a part of the needs of the village. The Jireh Trust is our registered Business Trust, which is a profit
making organisation to develop projects to make Rehoboth more self-sustainable and Rehoboth launched recently its water bottling business named Flourish Spring
Water. Subsidies from the government and active fundraising efforts locally and overseas make up for the rest of the funding towards development and operational
costs for the Village, the Midway Houses and the further expansion of the Children’s Village.