Dirang Ka Kagiso

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Dirang Ka Kagiso was formed in 1999 by the late Maki Mirriam Diphare and a group of women from different churches. It was established because they wanted to help sick people from communities, people living with disabilities and vulnerable children. It is situated in a location called Bophelong, Vaal, South of Gauteng. Maki Diphare was approached by a local clinic to start the OVC and they also met and worked with Alice Peete who is the current manager at the OVC. The workers in the organisation consist of Community Health Care Workers (CHWs) and other members of the community. The organisation has a board of directors, human resources, the management office and coordinators. The organisation holds Annual General Meetings (AGM) or special meetings to elect the board members and leadership of the organisation. The organisation has a constitution and the Director signs it for accountability to the organisation and implements the assigned mandate. Some of the activities of the organisation include home visits, where they identify community needs and refer them to the social auxiliary workers. They have done HIV campaigns to eradicate the stigma around the virus and raise awareness about treatment.

Dirang Ka Kagiso works with different organisations including Indibano Empowerment Centre, Vanderbijlpark Trauma Centre and Khanya College. They empower their members with skills, training, workshops and team building. They publish their stories through the Khanya publications. The organisation has brought a lot of change to the community at large and is currently expanding to include a wellness and youth development centre.

This article was submitted as part of the Imbila Yesu publication produced daily for the duration of the Winter School in 2022 (17-22 July 2022). It appeared in Edition No. 1, released on 21 July 2022.

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