Bottlebrush

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Some Facts about Bottlebrush Informal Settlement


Bottlebrush is an informal settlement, (slum area), which is in the heart of Chatsworth, Durban, South Africa.  About 17000 people live in one and a half square mile radius and about 7000 are children.  Over 50% are HIV positive.  Poverty & the HIV/AIDS virus are the greatest challenges for this community.  95% of people live below the bread line and there is no primary health care clinic within this community.


A Brief History


Since September 2000, Good News Centre has been served the community of Bottlebrush in several ways.

At first, we fed 350 children one meal a week.  Currently, we are providing primary healthcare and feeding 1000 children three days in a week.  The meal pack is made up of a well balanced meal, a drink, a fruit, a packet of chips and a candy.


Primary Health Care


In 2004, with the help of a Primary Health Care School from YWAM, Perth Australia we established a Primary Health Care Clinic and since then with partnership of local and international medical service providers we have been able to provide this community with basic health care.  Since April 2011, with the partnership of the ICare Team, YWAM, Netherlands we have also been able to provide eye testing and glasses for those who were in need of it and the ICare Team committed to doing this for a the five years.  Now we are even able to provide X-rays and ultrasounds as and when it is needed by a private medical imaging practice that is owned by a family that are members of our congregation.  They have committed to provide this service free of charge.  We also have a team of workers that do house visits as and when it is needed.

We train and equip the people with the basics of Primary Health Care; personal hygiene and good nutrition.

We have seen a number of children healed and their lives changed as a result of providing health care, food and prayer support for the them.


Discipleship & Mentorship


Several people in Bottlebrush have given their lives to Christ as a result of being ministered too.  Sfiso, a faithful and committed young man who is a local resident has been ordained as the Pastor over the now established ministry in Bottlebrush and he is responsible for the discipleship of the congregants.  We also have mentoring program for the teenage girls using dance, drama and music, and we started a soccer team for the boys.


Future Plans

Our vision is to build a Medical Centre for the HIV/AIDS patients and their families and to build an Orphanage so that we can provide the following:

•General medical care for those who are HIV positive

•Provide medication & general medical supplies

•Care of the children whose parents died of HIV/AIDS

•Provide love, care, and security for the children that have no parents

•Our long term goal is to establish a school and build a recreation centre


It is heart breaking to turn away kids day after day  because we do not have sufficient food packs for them. With more resources we can make a greater impact in this community by providing meals to more children, and provided jobs for people from within the community while they help prepare the meals.

We appeal to you, to financially support this ministry by making a one time donation or by becoming a partner and committing to a monthly donation towards this vision.  $1 can provide one meal.

We also encourage you to think about volunteering some of your time to visit this community and engage in a short term or long term missions outreach program.  We will provide the necessary training that is required.

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