Background and Context
Sikhethimpilo is a community and faith based private and voluntary organization owned by the Missionary Sisters of the Precious Blood in the Roman Catholic Church, which was established in 1998. The founder Sister Ludbirga Schumacher had a soft spot for vulnerable members of the society especially children and the sick. She was assisted by 350 volunteer Community and Home Based Care givers. In 2002 Sikhethimpilo became a project under Sibambene AIDS AOB program to cater for the increasing number of orphans in Matobo district.
After the termination of Sibambene AIDS Program in 2011, Sikhethimpilo became an independent organization, run by the Missionary Sisters of the Precious Blood CPS under Provincial house of Zimbabwe headed by the Provincial Superior Sister Veronica Dingi CPS. Sister Ludbirga remained the director of Sikhethimpilo giving technical advice to the organization.
The operations of the organization are directed by a Management Board which is a group of technocrats appointed by virtue of expertise and experience in related fields such as development programming, social work, business, health, finance and administration. The board therefore employs staff to coordinate and manage community initiatives in selected communities. The organization has over the years built a centre comprising of an office block, a conference hall and 2 other tutorial rooms, dining hall and kitchen, 6 hostels to accommodate participants during workshops, 6 guest rooms, and staff accommodation. The organization therefore has the basic infrastructure required for its community initiatives. The conference facility accommodates 80 people, guest rooms accommodate 12 people and dormitories accommodate 36 people. Overnight accommodations are available for hire, making that the basic source of income for the organization.
Empowered communities that take initiative and responsibility to effectively manage the effects of HIV and AIDS.
To empower OVC youths by providing life, practical and entrepreneurship skills.
- To provide OVC youths with practical skills so as to improve their livelihoods
- To educate youths on life skills and HIV/AIDS
- To offer OVC youths with start-up equipment to start their own businesses so that they become effective entrepreneurs