Zenzele is currently working with administrators of the Mpilonhle project located in KwaZulu Natal, on the south-east coast of South Africa. Established in November 2003 by Nomantshali Mtshali and Nompumelelo Zwane. Nomantshali (Noma) Mtsali was the first South African Women for Women scholarship recipient and received her degree in economics at the University of Zululand. Following this, she obtained her M.A. in Social Work and a post graduate diploma in the Management of HIV/AIDS in the workplace.

Mpilonhle works to assist orphans and vulnerable children and people living with HIV and AIDS and is committed to community awareness of the issues surrounding HIV/AIDS in the Uthukela District.

Mpilonhle is a member of two networking forums in KwaZulu-Natal, which enables the organization to actively participate in community activities. Mpilonhle mobilizes communities by creating awareness of programs offered by Mpilonhle and ACHIVA – the Augmented Community HIV Action Project, by conducting awareness events to address discrimination and stigmatization of HIV/AIDS survivors.

The Ladysmith program operates as ACHIVA, the Augmented Community HIV Action Project, in conjunction with the Mpilonhle project, a non-governmental organization. The program includes: a Communicable Disease Clinic providing access to daily, comprehensive disease management, including Highly Active Antiretroviral Treatment (HAART) when indicated at no cost; capacity-building through clinical training, counseling, support for orphans and vulnerable children, food security, community educational events and group training; household support and income security, among other services.

  • It offers Home Based Care to the sick through home based volunteers. The Program has 540 volunteers and provides care to 1674 women.
  • Cares for and nurtures orphaned and vulnerable children. The district has about 2000 children orphaned by aids. Fifteen halfway houses, serving 20 children each, have been established to house and feed the children. The goal is to take care of 260 – 300 orphans by the end of 2008.
  • Motivates for voluntary counselling and testing of HIV/AIDS
  • Provides emergency food relief for 150 HIV positive clients daily and Anti-retroviral medication (ART) for 267 patients monthly. The demand is far greater than the supply.
  • Mobilizes communities to engage in self-help projects.

Zenzele will be assisting the Mpilonhle project by providing financial assistance to the following Mpilonhle programs:

  1. Hlubi Arts and Craft Cooperative Unemployment Centre and Job preparation for women and children.
  2. Isiphethu Solwazi Arts and Culture Cooperative — training women and youth in Art, Carving, and crafts to produce income
  3. Sizakancane Craft Co-op —training unemployed women and youth to work as dressmakers, in arts and crafts design
  4. Ladysmith Aiding Project — growing vegetables and fruit sold to provide medical care to women in rural area
  5. Philani Project — producing word work and small carvings for the tourist market
  6. Snethemba Project — a women-led Co-operative started by unemployed women— designing and selling clothing and bead work
  7. Eyethu Arts and Crafts —Crafts and Sewing training for unemployed women
  8. Okwethu Coorp Limited — HIV Outreach to infected children in the Half-way House Kidz Care Centre. Also Poultry farming and grow vegetables for sale.
  9. IMbabazane Craft Association
  10. Sizakancane Arts and Crafts Project— selling arts and crafts to help HIV affected children