More than 700 volunteers are mobilised through their churches to support people living with HIV and AIDS. The volunteers are trained by a government-licensed, home-based care trainer before they can engage in any support work.
The training covers three main areas: understanding HIV and AIDS; primary health care, and providing emotional support. The organisation, which is backed by VSO, supports volunteers with agricultural seeds, equipment, and income generating skills training. It also provides uniforms and first aid kits, as well as offering ongoing support and training.
It is an approach that has ensured continued engagement from the community, with a surplus of people wanting to volunteer. One of the ways in which Kubatsirana gets local people involved and fights the stigma surrounding people living with HIV and AIDS is to organise family sports events. This includes a girls’ football team that regularly attracts young women and orphans. Gardens tended by the volunteers also provide food and even medicinal plants for people living with HIV and AIDS.