Khululeka Grief Support is a registered non-profit organisation founded in 2005. Khululeka’s Vision is a South Africa where every grieving child and adolescent has access to support, and opportunities for healing to improve the trajectory of their lives. Khululeka’s Mission is to build the resilience of children, adolescents and adults who care for them by equipping them with tools to process their experiences of loss and death. Through a holistic approach, we aim to create responsive and compassionate environments that enable grieving children and adolescents to heal.
“Our vision is a South Africa where all grieving children and adolescents have access to support and opportunities for healing. Our mission is to build the resilience of children, adolescents and their caregivers by equipping them with tools to process their experiences of loss and death. Through a holistic approach, we aim to create responsive and compassionate environments that enable grieving children to heal.”
What do we do?
Khululeka has two main programmes, namely:
Training and mentoring of child sector staff in the recognition and support of bereaved children and adolescents.
Direct services to bereaved children and adolescents including bereavement Support Groups, bereavement counselling and therapeutic services.
Crowdfunding for change.
The main focus for this crowdfunding campaign is to raise funds for 4 Abangane Support Groups. These support groups is specifically aimed at teen girls aged 13-19 and follow the evidence based Abangane Curriculum. Each support group is 8 x 100 minute sessions for 12-14 teen girls who experienced the death of someone important and feel depressed, not coping and expressed interest in joining a grief peer support group. Research has shown that this intervention lessens depression and improves social functioning (http://www.thelancet.com/journals/langlo/article/PIIS2214-109X(17)30146-8/fulltext ).
Khululeka offer the Abangane Support Groups at selected schools in impoverished communities who have little access to specialised therapeutic services.
The Tipping Point: R30 000… as this is the cost of one Support Group, 8 x 100 minute sessions for 12-14 teen girls who experienced the death of someone they love.
Why girls only? Because young women and girls who are depressed as a result of death in the family are shown to be at a higher risk for HIV infection. Nearly a third of all new HIV infections in South Africa occur in 15-24 year olds, with young women in this age group being five to six times more likely to be infected that their male peers.
The Dream Goal: R120 000 … that is, funding for all four Support Groups. Each Support Group is for 12 -14 teen girls in high schools that serve impoverished communities. The first two groups will be conducted in the 3rd school term of this year, 2018. The second 2 support groups in the 2nd school term of 2019.
Reaching their Dream Goal of R120 000 would enable them to reach 48-56 teen girls who experienced the death of someone close and is feeling sad and depressed and have no access to therapeutic support. This powerful peer bereavement support group process is facilitated by highly skilled, empathetic and experienced facilitators.
Why is the work they do so important?
One in five South African children have lost a parent, often due to AIDS. Violence and accidents also contribute to high and increasing adult mortality in the country. Research has shown that bereaved children are at risk for developing depression, problems at school, behavioural problems and substance abuse. Parental death, in lower and middle income countries, is associated with HIV positive status in females. Depressive symptoms in adolescents are associated with non use of condoms and a higher risk of having an STI.
The proven value of the Khululeka programme is enhanced with the Abangane Curriculum which was developed under Khululeka’s leadership in partnership with local and overseas specialists in the field. It has provided a depth of good practice and scholarship. A Randomised Control Trial of the Abangane Support Group Programme was conducted by Tulane University. This study found that teen girls who participated in the Abangane Grief Support Group demonstrated a statistically significant improvement in their psychological health compared to the wait-listed participants, including a decrease in problematic grief, depression symptoms and attention problems.
Thundafund.com and Crowdfunding
Thundafund is South Africa’s leading rewards-based crowdfunding platform. Crowdfunding is the new bank loan, without the pressures of repayments. Crowdfunding is an online method of fundraising that allows people all over the world to put their ideas or pitches onto a digital platform. These pitches are then available for people worldwide to see, and to decide whether or not they would like to support the campaign.
In South Africa, crowdfunding is still a relatively new concept and with many South Africans still skeptical about making online transactions, it is very much a rising industry. Rewards-based crowdfunding has become a growing force within South Africa, with Thundafund at the forefront. Thundafund is the brainchild of entrepreneur Patrick Schofield, who founded the company in 2014.
The way that rewards-based crowdfunding differs from any other form, is that in exchange for the money raised, the project creator is expected to give something back to the backer in the form of a reward. These rewards can vary, anything from a thank you card to a tangible product will suffice. However, when selecting rewards for your Thundafund campaign, it is important that you keep both your project and your potential backer (audience) in mind.