To address these overwhelming challenges, BSSP programs cover a wide range of services that include:
- A soup kitchen
- An orphaned and vulnerable children’s feeding scheme
- A crèche (pre-school)
- A home-based care project
- A prevention of mother to child transmission of HIV program in local clinics
- An HIV/AIDS, STD, and TB prevention information program
- Five halfway houses that are spread throughout the Imbabazane and Umtshezi Municipalities
- Income-generating projects
BSSP’s current goal is to complete the construction and furnishing of a crèche that currently operates out of a mud dwelling that has no electricity. Year round they have no lighting and in the cold winter months, the children and teachers are without heat. The crèche provides care and education to forty-five orphaned and vulnerable children who receive two meals daily.
The mission of the Bhekuzulu Self Sufficient Project (BSSP) is to promote health and dignity for all by providing holistic, fully integrated community-centred services for HIV infected and affected people. Beneficiaries of their services include three hundred orphaned and vulnerable children, ranging in age from infants to eighteen years old, adults living with HIV/AIDS, and community members suffering from food scarcity. BSSP is situated in the rural villages of the Imbabazane Municipality in KwaZulu Natal, where the HIV/AIDS rate is estimated at a staggering 40%. Poverty is the norm and the vast majority of residents live below the poverty line. Unemployment is 89%.