Beautiful Gate has supported Crossroads Children’s HIV clinic as part of their community outreach since 2004. Children who were started on ARV’s in those early days have now grown up and face the challenge of negotiating their teenage years successfully. We all know how tough it is being a teenager but it is even tougher if you are growing up with HIV. This is why the focus for Beautiful Gate this year has been to help Crossroads develop a more adolescent friendly HIV service.
Working closely with the Crossroads staff Dr Louise, on behalf of Beautiful Gate, has helped to establish treatment clubs at the clinic for our teenagers with HIV.
Teenagers in the club come every 2 months for their medication which is pre-packed so they don’t have to wait in the long pharmacy queues, and the clubs are run before school so they don’t miss out on their education, as well as regular counsellor and peer group support. The clubs have been welcomed by the clinic and the teenagers alike and there are plans for more next year. For those teens and pre-teens that are not yet in club, Beautiful Gate is helping the clinic to deliver regular group sessions aimed at improving body literacy and life skills whilst having fun at the same time!
Read more about our partnership with the Child & Adolescent Youth Clinic.
Welcome to a window into the lives and issues facing children in the Crossroads community on the outskirts of Cape Town, South Africa. Most of these stories centre around the children and families we work with at Beautiful Gate South Africa, a Christian non-profit organisation whose mission is to show God's love as we care for and protect children, empower and preserve families and mobilise our community to do the same.