Cash Plus Care Programme

Since the start of March 2018, Child Care SA has managed the implementation of the Cash Plus Care Programme in UMlalazi Local Municipality and Mthonjaneni Local Municipality. The programme (funded by Global Fund), which is being implemented in all 5 local municipalities in King Cetshwayo District, aims to educate and empower young women aged 19-24 years old. The three overall objectives of the programme are to:

  • Enhance sexual and reproductive health
  • Reduce HIV and STI incidence, unintended pregnancy and gender based violence
  • Increase self-sufficiency and build skills to seek and take on economic opportunities

These objectives will be met in two ways. Firstly, through the 12 empowerment sessions that have been prescribed and also through an incentive of R300. This money is conditional on monthly attendance at an empowerment session.

Through impactful and interactive empowerment sessions, these young women will be given the tools to take charge of their lives and be active citizens in their communities. The 12 sessions cover a range of topics including; job hunting, entrepreneurship, gender based violence, substance abuse, activism, sexual empowerment, health care, healthy relationships and many more. The monetary incentive that they receive is designed to teach them about financial independence and responsibility, as well as to reduce and eliminate risky behaviours like transactional sex and entering into intergenerational and age-disparate relationships.

The target set for these two municipalities (6323) has been exceeded and to date, over 7000 young women are participating in the programme. Session 5 and 6 are currently underway in Mthonjaneni and uMlalazi respectively.

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