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May'khethele Programme



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The May'khethele Programme

Partners involved in this project

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Our Objectives:

1 . Improve OVC's life skills and well-being

2 .Increase OVC's access to essential services

3 .Enhance knowledge and understanding



Since 2010, the May’khethele Programme has been implemented by a consortium comprised of CINDI, the Community Care Project Trust, LifeLine and Youth for Christ.

These partners collaborate with participating schools to provide services for OVC, calling on the expertise and cooperation of the CINDI May’khethele team where needed.

The programme works in partnership with the local Departments of Health, Education, Social Development and Home Affairs, as well as other stakeholders to effectively deliver a comprehensive package of services to OVC.



May’khethele consistently surpassed annual targets by up to 38%, reaching 56,762 orphans and vulnerable children by 2012.

May’khethele is a proven model for efficient coordination and collaboration in service delivery.

Findings show that May’khethele played a major role in improving well-being,resilience,coping mechanisms, and access to HIV care and treatment.


CINDI initiated the May’khethele Programme in 2007 to provide services to orphans and vulnerable children (OVC) attending schools in uMgungundlovu District, KwaZulu-Natal.
The goal of the programme is to assist these children by improving their health and psycho-social wellbeing, enabling access to education, and advancing their economic status.
May’khethele is based on the premise that if the services related to our key interventions are effectively provided to vulnerable children and their households, their overall wellbeing
will improve.
Collaboration with various government, non-profit and private sector stakeholders helps ensure effective delivery of a comprehensive package of services to vulnerable children and their households.



How May'khethele Works

The May'khethele Programme consortium approach enables a comprehensive and responsive range of servies supported by effective organisational systems and strong project managment principles. The programme operates at two levels:


School- based services

  • Establishing relationships with schools
  • Providing HIV education, counselling and testing,and general counselling for all learners
  • Developing teacher skills and exposure to rightsbased learning support and HIV education
  • Developing systems within the schools to address vulnerability in communities as a whole.


Household-level attention 

  • Identifying vulnerable children
  • Enrolling them in the programme
  • Visiting OVC at home
  • Assessing the needs of households and providing or referring for services according to the
    identified priorities.


CINDI Evaluation Report



Final Report Maykhethele Baseline Evaluation



CINDI May'Khethle Programme APPLICATION FORM-Second Draft July 17 2019



Terms of Reference



Call for Proposals