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May'khethele Programme



 CINDI was awarded a five-year Cooperative Agreement funded by the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) through USAID/South Africa on 28 September 2018.

The first five-year cycle established CINDI’s reputation for exceeding targets.

The second cycle of USAID funding for the CINDI May’Khethele Programme came to an end in September 2018.

CINDI consolidated its reputation for exceeding its targets every year and being able to significantly scale up service delivery, when required. At the end of the second five-year award USAID provided funding, at a reduced level, for a sixth year in order to bridge the gap between that award and the new request for proposals being prepared.

CINDI’s proposal for a third cycle of funding was again successful against open competition. This award was for a much larger amount with significantly higher targets and included an expansion in geographical focus.

The five-year total estimated budget is for two thirds of a billion Rand ($46.3 million) with the target of reaching 90,000 orphans, vulnerable children and youth per year: 30,000 will be in uMgungundlovu and 60,000 in eThekwini.


Project Goals & Objectives

The purpose of this Cooperative Agreement is to provide support for “Preventing HIV/AIDS in Vulnerable Populations in South Africa Activity.

The program has the following objectives:


Objective 1 (Healthy): The first objective is to improve Orphaned and Vulnerable Children Adolescents and Youth (OVCA&Y) access to sexual reproductive health and HIV care and preventive services through related small group evidence-based interventions, facilitating access to Health Testing Service (HTS) (offered directly at home and through partner facilities) and successful linkages to anti-retroviral therapy, contraceptives and other health services. It will also provide psychosocial and psychological support to infected, bereaved OVCA&Y or victims of abuse.


Objective 2 (Safe): The second objective is to improve child protection and prevention of gender-based violence (GBV) through direct support to OVCA&Y, their primary caregivers and the community.

CINDI will provide child protection education and parenting skills training for caregivers, and trained project personnel will be able to detect and initiate removal of children from abusive environments.


Objective 3 (Stable): The third objective is to improve household economic security and linkage to social protection through provision of training and support to both OVCA&Y and their primary caregivers.

CINDI will prepare adolescents and youth for self-employment or the job market through financial capability, entrepreneurship and employability training (ASPIRES).

Caregivers will receive support to access social grants and be enrolled in savings groups to increase family income.


Objective 4 (Schooled): The fourth objective is to improve school retention and progression and early childhood development.

CINDI will do this through the provision of homework support and tuition clubs to identified learners, provision of school uniforms, stationery and distribution of sanitary pads to minimize absenteeism. Through home visits out of school youths will be linked to tertiary education.

Caregivers will be provided with household stimulating ECD programs and will also be provided with material support such as clothes, toys and stationery to enhance ECD.

CINDI and its implementing Partners anticipate again achieving target by the end of the USAID fiscal year this September. They expect to reach 90,000 orphans, vulnerable children, youth and their caregivers in eThekwini and uMgungundlovu with a comprehensive package of services.