Philani Maternal, Child Health and Nutrition Project
During a venture into Khayelitsha, the largest township in the Western Cape of South Africa, our recent Cape Town photography workshop had the opportunity to visit the Philani Maternal, Child Health and Nutrition Project.
“Healthy mothers raising healthy children,” a motto the people at Philani strive to live by. Philani has been addressing child health and nutrition problems in the surrounding Cape Town settlements since 1979. The NGO has a number of programmes that focus on various aspects of their mandate. Aiming to promote family health, they focus primarily on the support of pregnant mothers, the prevention and rehabilitation of childhood malnutrition, and the alleviation and containment of HIV among families.
Philani is made more remarkable in what they have accomplished, forwarding their mandate through a cohesive collaboration of skills and resources with existing community knowledge and resources. Their approach has allowed them to be more than just a clinic, empowering the mothers themselves through income generating projects that contribute to the sustainability of the organisation, as well as early childhood education classes on healthy living.
Participants of the Cape Town photo tour were given the opportunity to contribute to the project by donating their photographs. This can be a resource that Philani can use in communicating their message, attracting potential donors to forward their mission.
A few choice photos were kindly donated by Lorie Marsham, a talented participant from Canada. The photographs below display the results of Philani’s income generating projects, all of which are created by and directly benefit mothers and their children in the community.