BENEFITING: Generation Ubuntu
Generation Ubuntu (GenU) is dedicated to improving the health and wellbeing of children and teens living with HIV in under-served communities in South Africa by providing holistic, community-based programs that provide lifesaving health and support services. We are committed to fostering an empowered attitude towards HIV/AIDS among young people worldwide and engaging them to participate in improving conditions for people affected by global health challenges.
GenU provides health and support services for children living with HIV and their families in Khayelitsha, the second largest township in South Africa, and home to around 1 million people. Khayelitsha has high rates of HIV, crime, unemployment, and poverty. Many people living with HIV in the community lack easy access to clinics, nutritious food, and indoor plumbing, making their illness particularly difficult to manage. After being diagnosed with HIV, young people in Khayelitsha are often left to bear the burden of this disease alone. There is a great need for GenU's program model, which provides services designed to assist and empower young people living with HIV.