Eighteen people living with HIV and AIDS in Ngaka Modiri Molema District are to undergo training to run their own farming empowerment project. The skills development programme for beneficiaries of the initiative which is the brainchild of North West Premier Thandi Modise is to commence early in the new year.
Speaking at the launch of the job creation and farming empowerment project recently, Premier Modise said that it should serve as a model for three more projects to be rolled out for people living with HIV and Aids in three other districts in the province.
Modise said that the project will provide people living with HIV and AIDS with access to healthy and nutritious vegetables.
While it will create permanent and seasonal jobs for the local community, it will assist beneficiaries to establish a viable market level of conventional vegetable production for them to sell them to local and other markets and also assist farmers to be trained at the adjacent Kgora Farmers Training Centre understand how to take care of and support employees infected with the virus.
Project Coordinator and mother of three, Gladness Seetseng says that the project has not only given hope to people living with HIV and AIDS.
"Most of us are unemployed so the project is a lifeline for us to grab the opportunity with both hands," says 39 year-old Seetseng.
Provincial Chairperson of People living with HIV and AIDS, Rev Neo Moepi said that the project is an appropriate intervention and empowerment programme that expresses in more ways than one the compassion and care that the sector expects from their government and Premier Modise's foresight and visionary leadership.