The idea behind #LifeChangingHealthEducation started as part of a minor / research project of three students from the University of Applied Sciences in Utrecht/Netherlands.
These three young Dutch women were very curious about the stories behind the organization.
Health Promoters is doing very well and the participants come from far and wide to attend the workshops.
How did the many workshops influence their lives?
This is how their curiosity evoked into the creation of #LifeChangingHealthEducation
Likhona, 13 years: ” I learnt that your body changes when you grow up, and that boys get a certain attitude. Now I know what changes.” #lifechanginghealtheducation
Nomzamo Mabuya, 33 year: “Health Promoters brought a change in my life. I thought I knew, but I didn’t. I learnt to respect my body because my body is important.” #lifechanginghealtheducation
Thokozile Vilakazi, 28 year: “Health Promoters helped me to see that I can now help those who can’t help themselves.” #lifechanginghealtheducation
Thina Nyembezi, 26 years appreciates having Health Promoters in her life: “I understand so much more about health now. I can help older people stay healthy and I can tell other people about the dangers of a wrong diet or alcohol abuse, it helps me and my community a lot.” #lifechanginghealtheducation
Khanyisa -13 years : “I learnt so much about hygiene. Many thanks to the Health Promoters for being part of our education at school”. #lifechanginghealtheducation
Hilda Makubelo – 50 years: “When people with diarrhea go to the clinic and don’t have money, I can teach them how to make the mixture for hydration. Also I learnt it is important to have one partner so you don’t spread HIV.” #lifechanginghealtheducation
Zikhona Maku – 35 years: “HPSA is hope. I learnt about many things – HIV, TB, diet, healthy lifestyle – and that if you go to a doctor, you should always follow up on what he says. Also HIV is a family crisis because no one talks about it. But now there is hope because of HPSA. In the community, I’m a light.” #LifeChangingHealthEducation
Zoleka Mbali – 38 years: “I can teach the community about a healthy lifestyle, and how to deal with diseases, thanks to the Health Promoters.”
This is Shameka, she is 32 years old and lives in Kayelitsha. ”I learned about cancer, I didn’t know about it before. But today I learn a lot, because I know now that you must go to the clinic to see what is going on to you. So the Health Promoters told us everything about cervical cancer. #lifechanginghealtheducation
This is Yandiswa, she is 32 years old. She told us how the Health Promoters changed her way of living. How she can use her knowledge to prevent illnesses and diseases in her family. How she lives healthier and she spread this knowledge with the people around her. Her knowledge, gives her self convidence. #lifechanginghealtheducation
This is Khalimashe, she is 27 years of age. At the moment she is
living in the biggest township of Cape Town, this township has 2.4 million inhabitants. A few weeks ago, she started to follow the workshops of the Health Promoters. Before the workshops, she knew nothing about health care. Because of the Health Education, she is able to make a difference in her family and community. ”Health Promoters benefits my whole family”. #Lifechanginghealtheducation
Health Promoters show that in a situation without hope, there is actually hope. And this is beautiful to witness. I am deeply touched by the stories of the participants. The passion and commitment the volunteers and Health Promoters have, is amazing. Hope has the power to change a negative situation into a positive situation. This is the story of Hanneke, 23 years old and doing her internship with the Health Promoters
This is Ntobiso, 36 years old. He works for Health Promoters. ”It feels good knowing I make a difference. When these ladies get home they do things differently do that the number of diseases is diminishing. Also I might help them to get a job. That motivates me.” #Lifechanginghealtheducation
This is Nokuzola, 39 years old. She says: ”I learned a lot about hygiene and about how to prevent diseases. I can help my neighbours with first aid and I know how to protect my children now.”
This is Siphokazi, 29 years old. ”I didn’t know about hygiene or a healthy lifestyle before. Health Promoters taught me things I didn’t know. I go to the gymnow and eat healthy food, and I can help children to not play with dirtty toys”.#Lifechanginghealtheducation
This is Pumesa, 38 years old. Health Promoters is very important to her: ”People are sick outside, so I need to help them. I feel responsible for the community and myself”. #Lifechanginghealtheducation
This is George Arrey, CEO Health Promotion South Africa Trust. ”The Health promoters impacted my life in many ways but most importantly, it gave me the opportunity to pursue a deep seated passion of mine- to reduce ignorance amongst the poor and vulnerable, and also it has given me the platform to learn the basics of leadership and mentorship which has been used to empower the same people and myself”. #Lifechanginghealtheducation
This is Elaine Harcombe, Progrogramme Development Director at HPSA, ”I am thrilled when I see how the people we teach are so excited to learn about healthy living. They often say how they wish they had learnt about health before!” #lifechanginghealtheducation
This is Lobola Zikhona, 25 years old. “I received my basic health education certificate today at Health Promoters. I am so happy that I completed the workshops. Now I am equipped, I can take better care of my health and with this certificate I can maybe find a job”#Lifechanginghealtheducation
This is Bulelwa Mene, with her basic health certificate of the health Promoters she got herself a job as a home care giver.
Home care givers advise their patients on diseases that are covered in our workshops #Lifechanginghealtheducation
Nombasa Jongwana, 39, says: “I learnt so much! I always tell people, but now I can explain why it is important to stop smoking or not drink too much alcohol. I’ve been in a tunnel, but at least now I can see the light.” #Lifechanginghealtheducation
This is Zikhona Seti, 32: “I learnt anything from the importance of exercise to first aid. I bought a jumping rope for the kids to exercise and I always tell people to wash their hands – that is very important.” #Lifechanginghealtheducation
Victoria, 38, works for Baphumulele, an orphanage with which HPSA partners. She was accepted there because of her certificate from HPSA. She says: “Working with the kids, I know now how to take care of them, to keep them healthy.” #Lifechanginghealtheducation
Molebohelg Makaka, 34 en Vuyokazi Mqushulu, 48: Both work for Baphumulele, as chefs in the kitchen. They say: “Health Promoters has helped us a lot to cook healthy for all these kids. not only us, but all the children benefit of our knowledge.” #Lifechanginghealtheducation
Ntomboxolo Velem (42 years) : ‘With my Health Promoters Certificate I can now work at the Children’s home of Baphumelele, a dream come true’ #lifechanginghealtheducation
Andiswa Botya – 30: ” I live in a communal hall with 50 other people. So I teach everybody how to keep the hall clean. Now we don’t have rats anymore because people clean the house.” #lifechanginghealtheducation
Pnakama Velem – 26 years: ” I now can take much better care of my children, with my certificate in Basic Health Education which I obtained from the Health Promoters. Many thanks to the many donors who are making this possible.” #lifechanginghealtheducation
Unathi Royin (24 years) – ‘Thanks to the Health Promoters I am now able to tell the people around me how to eat healthier. Thank you Health Promoters for being their when I needed you’ #Lifechanginghealtheducation
Nothazole Melamare – 34 years: ” I learnt how to prevent children from having diarrhoea, and if they have, how to make a mixture to hydrate them again. I learnt to recognize the signals and to teach the community the same. Thank you so much Health Promoters”#Lifechanginghealtheducation
Mombulelo Sidubulekana – 29 years: “My father is diabetic, but now I know how to take care of him. He asks me where I learnt it and I tell about Health Promoters. Even when I’m away he calls me sometimes and I can tell him what to do. I feel stronger now because I know about it.” #LifeChangingHealthEducation