About Us

CABSA dreams of caring Christian communities that are able to bring new life and hope in the areas of health, wellbeing and equality in a world affected by HIV. In order to achieve this, CABSA motivates and assists the Church to bring change through training, advocacy, knowledge management and networking.

CABSA is a faith based NGO registered in South Africa, providing services internationally, but with a specific focus on Southern Africa.

Through the work of CABSA, faith leaders and faith communities learn accurate scientific about HIV and the sociocultural drivers of the HIV epidemic, hear God's voice in the epidemic and develop a sound Biblical response and are equipped to initiate and guide a HIV competent response in their local faith community.

CABSA has two flagship programmes and one key campaign. The two projects are the CARIS (the Christian AIDS Resource and Information service), which manages this website, and the Churches, Channels of Hope programme. The reach of our Churches, Channels of Hope programme is expanded through partnership with license holders, World Vision International and AIDSLink. CABSA is involved in a genderbased violence campaign - "Thursdays in Black" and also manages the website www.thursdaysinblack.co.za

CABSA is not a direct service organisation, but builds capacity and guides and supports Christian communities to respond to the challenges of HIV through advocacy, comprehensive online information services, a variety of trainings and workshops, mobilising and networking.

 You can read more about the organisation's core values and guiding principles which direct us in all we do.

You can also download the short introduction to CABSA in Afrikaans and English below.

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CABSA People

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Aneleh Fourie-Le Roux.

Training Manager

AnelehThe first seeds of HIV involvement were planted in Aneleh in the early 1990s when she met Rev. Christo Greyling. Her studies in Development Studies motivated her to become involved as a volunteer with the Stellenbosch Aids Action. This led to full-time employment as Training Coordinator with this organisation.

Aneleh became a co-worker of CABSA in 2003 and is now in a part-time capacity responsible for training and mentoring at CABSA. Aneleh is married to Gerhard and they live and breathe in Somerset West where they are close to the mountains and the sea!

You can contact her at the Wellington Office or by e-mail



Clive Swartz

Churches Channels of Hope Programme Coordinator                                                                                                                                                                                                                    

Clive Clive was born in Cape Town. Since his graduation in 1996 with a diploma in theology, he has spent over twenty years in pastoral ministry to date. In the meantime, he has completed his BMin degree also. He has a heart for people and this has soon lead him onto the path of people who are living with HIV.  Becoming involved with World Vision’s Channels of Hope in Child Protection and Gender-Based Violence, further developed a passion in him, to see that the church accomplish their mandate towards the vulnerable.

 “I was welcomed by Logy Murray to a ministry and not to just an organisation.” He sees CABSA as a tool in the hand of God to support churches to reach their “God mandate” with a specific focus on equipping church leaders to be efficient and effective in their field of ministry towards people living with HIV and AIDS. Clive is a family man, married to Anette and have two children Abigail and Kyle. They are his pride and joy and he is passionate about them.

You can reach Clive at the Wellington Office or on ccoh@cabsa.org.za

Meloney Goliath

Admin and Finance Clerk

MeloneyMeloney was born and bred in Paarl, one of 4 children.

She has a passion for people and sees herself meeting the needs of her brothers and sisters.

She looks forward to her involvement at CABSA every day. She sees her job as a commitment and challenge and feels privileged to be linked with CABSA.

Her interest is reading, she loves the sea and nature.

You can contact her at Head Office or by e-mail or at the Wellington Office

Training Teams, Contract Staff and Regional Representatives

CABSA uses a network of coworkers as training team members and regional representatives - read more about some of these valuable coworkers.

Jan van Rooyen
 Webmaster and developer (Contract work)

JanJan has a background in the Natural Sciences, Human Resources, Training Management and Organisations Development. Typically of the way he works, he taught himself web design in 1997 when he got fed up with web developers that did not want to share their knowledge with him. 

His focus is on helping people 'understand'. He loves sharing and debating what he knows - or thinks he does - be it about organisations, strategic planning, organisation culture, change or websites. He is currently also working on processes for sharing the experiences and knowledge he gained in the business world with NGO’s, which is where the real world -changing things are happening.

You can contact Jan here

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Regional Representatives 2015

What is a CABSA representative?
CABSA has people who 'represent' the organisation in many different ways; Staff, Board and Management Committee members, Facilitators etc.

A special group within the orgaisation is the people we call 'representatives'.

One of the ways in which CABSA, a small organisation with limited resources, expands our capacity is through part time and ad hoc agreements with CABSA Representatives.  CABSA representatives are trained Churches, Channels of Hope facilitators who share CABSA’s dream of caring Christian communities, ministering reconciliation and hope in a world with HIV and commit to assist the organisation in various ways.These are not CABSA employees, but volunteers or people with whom we 'contract' for a few hours a month.

A CABSA regional representative is a member of the CABSA mentoring team who is specifically allocated to build and maintain relationships with a group of facilitators from a specific region. Lead trainers of the CABSA Churches, Channels of Hope programme represents CABSA in a special way during training. All CABSA representatives may also from time to time represent CABSA at events and in initial discussions with other organisations and networks.

CABSA regional representatives will contact trained facilitators in the area they represent and will offer them support.  You are also welcome to contact your regional representative if you need any support, encouragement, prayer or other guidance.

What if there is no CABSA representative in the province or region I stay?
We aim to identify a CABSA representative for all the regions in Africa where there is a cluster of trained facilitators. However, this is not always possible. If you need any assistance or support you are most welcome to contact Aneleh Fourie-Le Roux, the mentor coordinator, with your requests and needs.

Meet your Regional Representatives......
First, meet them all together, with Aneleh, Jerry and Lyn at the capacity building weekend in January 2011:

And now you can meet the rest of them individually!


Eduardo Sassa
Contact details:
Tel:     +27 021 873 0028




East Africa

Kiarie Mwenda

Contact Details:

 Kiari also often part of the Churches, Channes of Hope facilitator training team



Maureen Kabey
Contact Details:
Cell:    +26659738259 +26659738259


Lloyd Khanyanga

Contact Details:

Lloyd went through the CABSA training in August 2006 at Mazenod, South Africa. He has worked in an HIV and AIDS project for close to ten years now. Apart from working with different groups and institutions in Malawi, he has facilitated HIV and AIDS workshops in South Africa and Ghana. Lloyd is fulltime involved with the organisation, FLAEM. FLAEM has offices at Luchenza in Thuchila House and Mulanje at Nkhonya Trading Centre (Turn off to Mulanje Mission Hospital). Lloyd is usually at one of these offices. However he sometimes works from his house in Blantyre. If you are in one of these places feel free to contact him.

Lloyd can be contacted at 002651664723002651664723/002658841619.


Rebecca Van der Meulen
Contact Details:
Cell:     +258 82 668 9990

Western and Central Africa

Tunde Fowe

Contact Details:

Tunde is often part of the Churches, Channes of Hope facilitator training team and acts a lead trainer. 


Stembiso Sibanda
Contact Details:
Cell:       00263 778 363 314



South Africa: Free State

Puleng Rampai

Contact Details:

Cell: +27 (0)82 346 9794

I work in the Department of Education, in the Section called Inclusive Education in which we are giving support to the learners experiencing barriers to learning. I am a Life Skills, HIV & AIDS master trainer and a Coordinator for Life Skills in the District. I have been training since 1998.
In 2007 I was trained as a CABSA Facilitator. This gave me a new perspective of HIV & AIDS because I then started to look at it with the eyes of heaven. It pushed me into the Bible where I found my responsibility as a Christian.
The advantage of being a CABSA facilitator is that, the organization supports, empower and gives you all the tools you need for the work. I am proud of being part of CABSA their information is always updated and I use it whenever I am given a platform to say or do anything on HIV & AIDS.

South Africa: Gauteng

Minenhle Moyo

Contact Details:

Hello. My name is Minenhle Melody Moyo, you can call me Minie. I live in Pretoria, married with 3 beautiful girls. My journey with CABSA began in December 2005 when I trained as a facilitator and has grown over the years. I enjoy being a part of this family because I get to meet other facilitators, share experiences and grow. Working together in this region of Gauteng, I look forward to us shinning as Channels of Hope - together.

Mini will start to make contact with you from July, but with almost 100 facilitators in Gauteng, it might take a while before she personally contacts you. If in the mean time you need her assistance you are most welcome to contact her.

Nonceba Maud Ravuku
Contact details:

Email:       noncebar@gmail.com
Cell:          +27 (0)76 303 9969



Janine Ward
Contact Details:

Cell:        +27 (0)82 956 0048



South Africa: KwaZulu Natal

Ian Rushton

Contact details:
Tel: +27 082 448 7113+27 82 448 7113+27 082 448 7113




South Africa: Northern Cape 

Paulus De Wet
Contact Details:
Cell:   079 876 5578079 876 5578  





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Friends of CABSA

What is a CABSA Friend?

Many individuals, organisations and congregations have been supporters of CABSA through the years. They share CABSA’s Vision and guiding principles; pray for the organisation, the staff, programmes and activities; are ambassadors of the organisation and her vision; support the organisation financially and through “in-kind” donations of goods, services and time; and in some cases commit to regular financial support. Although this financial support from Friends is extremely valuable to CABSA in these times of economic instability, this is not a requirement, and all forms of support is valuable.

Why is this Necessary?

This support enables CABSA to assists faith leaders and organisations in their response to HIV and to serves many people – especially people living with HIV. As we expand our basis of support, we will also be able to expand the number of individuals, congregations and organisations to whom we provide our services free or at minimal cost.

Through the “Friends of CABSA Commitment” CABSA honours, formalises and expands these valuable relationships.

How can I be Involved?

We would like to invite individuals, congregations and organisations to join this core group of Friends of CABSA. 

If you would like to join us in creating caring Christian communities, ministering reconciliation and hope in a world with HIV, contact Lyn for an application form.

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Wall of Remembrance

Sadly we have over the years heard of members of the Churches, Channels of Hope family who passed away.  We would like to honour their lives and their commitment to being channels of hope on this page.  We would appreciate it if you share information about these or any other individuals with us.

Rev S. Konsapi - January 2014

Rev Konsapi died in January 2014 after a long struggle with cancer.

Rev Konsapi, formerly from URCSA Mbekweni, played a pivotal role in the Regional Synod Cape in various commissions.

We were privileged that Rev Konsapi was one of the early supporters, facilitators, board members and coworkers of CABSA and a man with a particular passion and commitment for the church’s response to HIV. We remember him as a remarkable man, and particularly for the compassionate, calm and tranquil way in which he approach often difficult issues.

Rev Konsapi was trained as a facilitator in 2004.


Rev Timothy Maymbo. 13 October 2013

Rev Timothy was trained as Churches, Channels of Hope Facilitator in February 2010 and was working at the Rusitu Bible College at the time. At his training he wrote "I am going to be a Bible college lecturer with a difference. " Our sympathies go to his wife, Violet, and loved ones.






Matsheliso Angeline Ntahane. August 2012

Ian Rushton shares the following:

Me Matsheliso Angeline Ntahane was laid to rest on 4 August 2012 in Manyatseng, Ladybrand, Eastern Free State.  Lovingly known as either 'Tshidi' or 'Angelina' to so many, she was a CABSA Channels of Hope facilitator and shelter of support and protection for many people in all kinds of need, often putting her own needs and difficulties into the background. She leaves her sons Molefi and Mpho, as well as Paballo whom she took under her wing. Tshidi herself was full of life and enduring courage and was a life giver to many. Her portrait says it all. She will be sorely missed.

 Tshidi was trained as CCOH Facilitator in 2009

Rev Samy Gumbe - 3th August 2011

 On behalf of the Board Members, Staff and all over the members of Rede Cristã contra HIV e SIDA (Mozambique Christian Net Work Against HIV and AIDS, with constrain in our hearts we want to inform the passing away of REV. Samy Gumbe on 3th August 2011, in Maputo.

Rev Samy Gumbe was one of the RCHS founder and he became the first general secretary.

Samy was trained as Churches Channels of Hope Facilitator in 2004





Sizi Mbhele

We received the following from Rev. Tsepo Matubatuba, Anglican Diocese of Johannesburg HIV and AIDS Coordinator, on 16 November 2010:

Sizi was formerly of the St Andrew's Anglican Parish Kensington, before moving to her smallholding in Dennysville Free State. Sizi was one of the long serving menbers of the Diocesan HIV and AIDS Ministry from when I took over till she moved in around 2008. I was informed in short succession this morning of her brutal killing by Mrs Martha Molete of St Andrew's and Rev. Zanele Mtshali. Sizi was a single parent running her own Management and Leadership and Training Consultancy to support her two children, a son and daughter. All of them were actively involved in Ministry in their former Parish and in our Diocese. May the good Lord make her soul rest in peace and provide comfort and healing for her family from this sad loss. 

Richard Malaudzi - August 2010

Richard Malaudzi, who originates from Limpopo, was trained as Channel of Hope facilitator in November 2005

Richard was trained through ACSA

Leopoldina Verissimo - June 2010

Leopoldina, who comes from Angola, was trained as Channel of Hope facilitator in May 2010 

Nompumelelo Mbele - December 2009.

Nompumelelo was a trained Social Auxiliary worker and was trained as CABSA Churches, Channels of Hope Facilitator in July 2009.

According to her colleagues she was very committed to her work and enjoyed assisting the community of Nazareth (Ladysmith) where she lived. She had one child and she lived in challenging financial circumstances.  In spite of this she is remembered as someone who was passionate about her work, always striving hard to get what she wants, always trying her best to assist the community and striving to get the best for her child and family.




Sibongiseni Masondo - 2009

Sibongiseni Masondo, who comes from KwaZulu-Natal, was trained as a Channel of Hope facilitator in August 2006 and again in Oct 2008
Sibongiseni represented URCSA at the training


Thabo Makepe - October 2009

Thabo Makepe, who comes from Lesotho, trained as a Channel of Hope facilitator in June 2009








Prof Attie van Wijk - July 2007

We remember Prof Attie van Wijk for his personal involvement and mentoring role in the organisation as Board Member.

The day after his death Logy Murray wrote: “Prof Attie was vir my so 'n spesiale persoon - as individu, as leier by die Kollege, en veral as 'n besonder vennoot en mentor by CABSA.  Dit voel regtig vir my of CABS se "pa" oorlede is!  Ek sal hom altyd onthou vir iemand wat met begrip en deeglikheid kon luister - ook agter woorde kon "hoor" - iemand wat ons visie by CABSA volledig gedeel het, en met toewyding tyd gegee het om drome te laat waarword.”


Magdalene Adams - 2007

Magdalene Adams, from Limpopo, a member of Moravia Church, was trained as a Channel of Hope facilitator in Oct 2003

Catherine Dipholo 11 September 2007

We received the following message from Sothemba (Catherine was trained in 2002):

Ons treur oor Catherine Dipholo wat vanoggend vroeg oorlede is.  Sy was een van die eerste fasiliteerders wat by CABSA opgelei is.  Sy was vir omtrent 10 jaar werksaam as koordineerder van beraders hier by Sothemba.  Haar gesondheid was nie so goed die afgelope tyd nie en sy is met 'n longkwaal gediagnoseer. (iets soos emfiseem)   Sy het nog tot Vrydag gewerk, maar is Sondagnag in Karel Bremer hospitaal opgeneem waar sy vanoggend 5vm oorlede is.  


 Mirna de Villiers - June 2006

We mourn the death of Mirna de Villiers in June 2006 after a long illness. Mirna was trained as CCOH facilitator in November 2004. She was the wife of Fanie de Villiers, whom many CABSA facilitators trained in the early years met when he acted as training assistant at facilitator trainings.





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Contact Details and Official registrations

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Head Office

Phone or fax at +27 (0)21 873 0028

Postal Address
PO Box 16
South Africa
Physical Address
Ferguson Building
69 Church Street
South Africa
GPS: -33.637341,19.012438 


Phone: +27(0)11 796 6830
Fax: +27(0)11 796 6810
Postal Address
PO Box 771417
South Africa
Physical Address
Fontainebleau Community Church
Cr Rabie and Fourth ave
South Africa
See map below
Public Benefit Organisation Number. 930009218
NPO Number: 019 387 – NP
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Legal Notice

CABSA (The Christian Aids Bureau for Southern Africa) is a Wellington (South Africa) based non profit organisation. CARIS (the Christian Aids Resource and Information Service) is a project CABSA. Our website is hosted under the domain names of cabsa.co.za and cabsa.org.za.

CABSA aims to assist Christians to respond to the Aids pandemic and create a caring Christian community administering reconciliation and hope to people living with or directly affected by HIV and Aids. One of the ways in which CABSA achieves this goal is through the CARIS project.

This website includes published material, reprinted with permission were applicable, and CABSA neither endorses nor opposes any material. All information contained on this website, including information relating to health conditions, products, and treatments, is for informational purposes only. It is often presented in summary or aggregate form. It is not meant to be a substitute for the advice provided by your own physician or other medical professionals. Always discuss treatment options with a doctor who specializes in treating HIV. This information is designed to support, not replace, the relationship that exists between you and your doctor.

The legal notices contained below pertain to the use of the website and to the use of the services we provide. The notices also describe our policy with respect to various aspects of the services.

By continuing to browse the site you acknowledge the Website Terms and Conditions of Use of the website and agree to conduct your browsing and use of the services in accordance with these legal notices.

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Use of the Site

You may only use this site to browse the content, and download information where applicable and shall not use this site for any other purposes, including without limitation, to make any speculative, false or fraudulent actions.

This site and the content provided in this site may not be copied, reproduced, republished, uploaded, posted, transmitted or distributed. 'Deep-linking', 'embedding' or using analogous technology is strictly prohibited. Unauthorized use of this site and/or the materials contained on this site may violate applicable copyright, trademark or other intellectual property laws or other laws.

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Copyright Notice: © 2006 CABSA. All rights reserved.

Notice specific to copyrighted material owned by CABSA: CABSA hereby gives you permission to retrieve, store, cite or refer to or print material from this website only for educational, non-commercial or personal use with the relevant referencing. Informing CABSA or CARIS about such use will be appreciated.

 You are not permitted to publish, perform, broadcast, make an adaptation of, sell, let or offer or expose or hire any copy of the materials without the prior written permission of CABSA

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 The contents of this site are provided 'as is' without warranty of any kind, either expressed or implied, including but not limited to warranties of merchantability, fitness for a purpose and non-infringement.

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This information does not identify you personally. We maintain the above information in system logs. We use this information to make our site more useful to visitors by learning the number of visitors to our site, the number of pages served, and the level of demand for specific pages. We do not track or record information about identifiable individuals and their visits.

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When you send us personally-identifying information in an e-mail, we use the information you provide only to help us gather the information you might request. In an effort to respond to your request, information you submit may be viewed by various people within CABSA. Once received, the information to your e-mail is protected in accordance with law, (e.g. the Privacy Act and the Freedom of Information Act).

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 All donations will be processed in South African Rands (ZAR). We accept credit card donations via the website and on request will supply our banking details should you wish to make donations via EFT or Direct Deposit. link to bank details.

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 The Conditions will be exclusively governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of South Africa whose Courts will have exclusive jurisdiction in any dispute, save that we have the right, at our sole discretion, to commence and pursue proceedings in alternative jurisdictions.

 Contact Details 

Physical address

"The Bungalow"
Huguenot College
Church Street
South Africa

Postal address

Huguenot College
PO Box 16
South Africa

Email address



Phone numbers

+27 (0)21 873 0028+27 (0)21 873 0028 

+27(0)11 796 6830+27(0)11 796 6830

Fax numbers

+27 (0)21 873 0028

27(0)11 796 683027(0)11 796 6830


 CABSA reserves the right to add, delete, or modify any provision of this Policy at any time without notice. Such modifications shall be published in this document on this website.

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PAIA Manual

Download the CABSA PAIA Manual (as submitted to the HSRC) below

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Background to the Organisation and the Problem of HIV


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The Problem - HIV in South and Southern Africa.

The first diagnosis of AIDS was made in South Africa in 1982 and by the time the first national antenatal survey to test for HIV was done in 1990, 0.8% of pregnant women were HIV positive[1].  Today there are approximately 5.7 million people living with HIV in South Africa, and almost 1,000 AIDS deaths occurring every day. [2]

According to the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, more people die from Aids-related illnesses each year than from all natural disasters together[3].

In spite of promising signs of stabilisation of the epidemic and even decrease in new infections in some countries, Southern Africa remains the region with the highest burden of HIV in the world.  The extent of the suffering and need caused by the epidemic is well known, as is the confusion caused by misinformation and AIDS denialism in South and Southern Africa. 

The oft quoted example of Uganda has demonstrated that real progress will only be made if and when all the potential and resources of a country can be utilized in cohesion.  For this purpose all possible role-players in Southern Africa must be mobilised.


[2] UNAIDS 2008 Report on the global AIDS epidemic

[3] World Disasters Report 2008

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The Role of the Church

The faith based sector has been described as a key component in an integrated country or regional response to HIV. 

The direct involvement of State Departments, actions taken by Industry and Business and the support of the Corporate Sector to NGOs in the HIV and Aids pandemic will all be inadequate if the churches and faith communities of the region remain uninvolved.

Since the beginning of the AIDS pandemic there have been wonderful stories of the role of the church in the response to HIV.  There have also sadly been many stories of Stigma, Shame, Denial, Discrimination, Inaction and Misaction[1].

In many instances:

  •      People living with HIV, their families and friends find it difficult to trust their congregations with their HIV status because they fear judgment and rejection;
  •      People are suffering, but they find little support within the faith community;
  •      Many pastors and church members do not understand the issues and problems around HIV and Aids and therefore do not know how to respond.  Some respond in a negative way – fuelling stigma, judgement and fear;
  •      Many churches and congregations are NOT involved at all;
  •      Many denominations do not have information about HIV or Aids and related programmes and therefore they are not able to plan, support, coordinate and improve their involvement in the HIV pandemic.

 This sad and unfortunate situation has been described by many within Southern Africa as well as analysts visiting the region, including in studies of the WCC.

Christian churches provide a powerful channel for the implementation of HIV and Aids strategies.  However, church leaders are often uninvolved because they lack a complete and comprehensive view of the pandemic and its drivers.

In order for this to change, and for churches to fulfill their potential as a powerful channel for the implementation of HIV and Aids strategies, churches and faith communities need:

  •      To be confronted with the realities of the pandemic and the multilayered factors adding to the vulnerability of individuals and communities:
  •      Need to understand the biblical imperative for becoming involved; and
  •      Need to understand the role they can play in their communities.

The need for a Christian HIV and Aids service in South Africa was identified when congregations of various churches asked pastor Christo Greyling, an HIV-positive ordained minister of the Dutch Reformed Church, for guidance on their involvement in the HIV terrain.


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The History of the Organisation 2001 - 2018

ChristoThe need for a Christian HIV/AIDS service was identified when congregations of various churches overwhelmed pastor Christo Greyling, an HIV-positive ordained minister of the Dutch Reformed Church, with requests for assistance to become involved in the field.

Within a short period of time, various church groups verbalised the need for a centralized information and resource service, where they would also have access to training and support. At the same time, the Huguenot College of the Dutch Reformed Church expressed the desire to be involved in the HIV/AIDS field in a unique way, and provided office space and infrastructure for the Christian AIDS Bureau. A service plan was developed and, with financial support from the General Youth Commission of the Dutch Reformed Church, the Christian AIDS Bureau was launched in 2001.  

LogyMrs Logy Murray was appointed as Manager and started working for CABSA in July 2001. For the greater period of the first two years Logy was the only employee of CABSA. She played an enormous role in shaping the administration of CABSA, building its stature through networking and delivering services and developing the Churches, Channels of Hope mobilization model as the flagship of CABSA’s training.

Logy left CABSA the end of January 2005 to become the Africa Advisor HIV/AIDS & Church Partnerships for World Vision Africa Region. In the short period of three and a half years Logy developed CABSA from a dream to a reality as an organization that plays a significant role amongst churches in the AIDS field.  

Christo is now " Director Faith Partnerships for Development (Channels of Hope)" at World Vision, where Logy was also involved for many years. Athough Logy is officialy retired, she actively involved with the Churches Channels of Hope programme.  

NellieNelis du Toit.

Director until 30/6/2011

Nelis was involved in CABSA as a Management Board member from its establishment in 2001. At that time he was a full time minister of a URCSA congregation.

His involvement increased to the point where he started working full time at CABSA in July 2003.   He led the organisation as manager from 2005 and later as director until the end of June 2011. 

He wrote as follows:

"I am deeply thankful for the eight years that God has given me the opportunity to serve his Kingdom in and through CABSA. The exposure and challenges of this vocation often took me out of my comfort zones, but they have always enriched me. I have grown in ways I could not have imagined in 2003."

Nelis is now with the CHABAHIVA Trust.


 Lyn van Rooyen
 Director (2011-2018) and Project Manager for CARIS (2004 - 2018)

Lyn became involved in the work of CABSA through a needs analysis in 2003, and bought into the vision of CABSA heart and soul. She is passionate about social justice and development.

She started the CARIS programme in 2004 and also became executive director in 2011.

Due to limited resources (personal, staff and financial), the organisation underwent restructuring early 2018 and Lyn left the organisation.

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Die Christen Vigsburo Lei Kerkleiers van SADEC Lande Op. 11/2001

Die Christen Vigsburo is nog in sy spreekwoordelike kinderskoene, maar het reeds groot treë gegee op die pad van hulle visie.  Vanaf 14 tot 17 November het 27 geestelike leiers van 9 verskillende Afrika lande ‘n werkswinkel by die Kopanong Konferensiesentrum in Benoni bygewoon.

“Ek was so verras toe een van die personeellede van “Policy Project” (‘n internasionale organisasie wat spesialiseer in opleiding in gesondheidssake) vir my vra om hierdie werkswinkel te fasiliteer.  Hulle is deur die “USAID Regional Programme” gekontrakteer om opleidingsprogramme rakende MIV en VIGS vir geestelike leiers van Suider Afrika aan te bied, en het ‘n vennoot gesoek wat toegerus is om vanuit ‘n geloofsbasis so ‘n werkswinkel aan te bied.  Ek was eers baie huiwerig, maar met die hulp en ondersteuning van Christo Greyling het ek die taak aangepak en ons reeds bestaande werkswinkelprogram aangepas om by hierdie groep se behoeftes aan te sluit.”, het Logy Murray vertel.

Sewe en twintig geestelike leiers, afkomstig van Malawi, Botswana, Lesotho, Swaziland, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Mosambiek en Suid Afrika het ywerig deelgeneem.  Logy Murray van die Vigsburo is bygestaan deur Motseki Motlatla, ‘n opleidingsbeampte van ATICC,  Bloemfontein, asook lekeprediker van die …. Kerk in Bloemfontein.  Die groep het ook vier instansies wat betrokke is by die versorging en ondersteuning van mense wat ge-infekteer en ge-affekteer is in Johannesburg omgewing besoek. Die doel van die werkswinkel was om die leierskap van kerk- en geloofsgroepe te bemagtig om projekte en programme op die MIV en Vigsterrein te ontwikkel.

‘n Baie besondere moment by die werkswinkel was toe ‘n leraar en sy dogter, wat 11 jaar gelede MIV+ getoets is, hulle verhale met die groep gedeel het. 

“Dit is by sulke geleenthede dat ek stom staan en klein voel as ek sien hoe die Here werk.  Ek raak opgewonde as ek die entoesiasme van jong leraars sien – baie van hulle afskomstig van gebiede waar die epidemie skrikwekkende afmetings neem.  Ons het net weer eens besef dat kerke ‘n unieke rol kan speel – kanale wat die boodskap van Hoop kan oordra.”

Die Vigsburo het op 16 November ‘n amptelike bekendstellingsfunksie in Bellville gehou, en by diè geleentheid het Christo Greyling aangekondig dat hy ‘n stap in die geloof neem, en sy roeping gaan uitleef as vennoot by die Vigsburo.  Vir 2002 word verskeie soortegelyke werkswinkels landswyd deur die Vigsburo beplan.

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Vision and Mission

CABSA's missiona and vision was refined over the last year and accpeted by the Board and ratified at the AGM on the 17th of May 2017:

The vision of the organisation is:

" Caring Christian communities that are able to bring new life and hope in the areas of health, wellbeing and equality in a world affected by HIV."

CABSA motivates and assists the Church to bring transformation in the areas of health, well-being and gender equality in a world affected by HIV.


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Constitution 2017

As there has been various changes in reach and scope of the organisation since 2010, the board decided at the strategic meeting held in 2016 that the organisation's constitution should be changed to reflect this reality.

Two things significantly influenced this: firstly, CABSA has for many years been providing services outside of southern Africa;  In addition, CABSA has also increasingly focused on sexual and gender-based violence.

 Various practical points in the constitution has also become outdated, such as the provisions around a management committee.

The board therefore adapted the constitution and formally accepted this at its meeting on the 29th of March 2017. According to the constitution, it should also be presented at the annual general meeting.

The constitution below will be presented on the 17th of May.

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In Short

The Christian AIDS Bureau for Southern Africa (CABSA)

You can view a short PowerPoint Presentation about the organisation below.

WHAT? We guide and support Christian communities in their response to HIV. CABSA wants to sensitize churches, congregations and Christians about the Aids pandemic and mobilize them to become involved and make a positive difference.

WHY? The Aids pandemic in Africa is characterised by stigma (judgement, fear, isolation), lack of knowledge and indifference (apathy and irresponsibility). The infection rate is still increasing and one in nine South Africans presently live with HIV. There are however churches with structures in every outpost of the continent. This means that a wonderful potential exists for churches and Christians to be part of the solution to this crisis. CABSA can help unlock this potential.

HOW? CABSA makes information available, creates understanding, helps congregations become involved, trains leaders, is involved in initiatives and supports processes -in order that the love of God, the hope of Christ and the support of the Holy Spirit can be experienced in word and action in the midst of the Aids pandemic.

WHERE? Our head office is in Wellington in the Western Cape and our information service (CARIS) is based in Johannesburg. CABSA works nationally and in Southern Africa, while CARIS is accessible internationally.

WHO? We presently have three fulltime and one part-time staff members. CABSA has various co-workers, including volunteers and uses contract staff for specific tasks.

WHEN? Various continuous services are offered: e.g. the webpage http://www.cabsa.org.za is available 24/7; a “Tip of the Week” is sent out on request; enquiries are responded to during office hours; information is sent out for special occasions such as World AIDS Day and AIDS Candlelight Memorial Sunday; a DVD was developed “Mense wat leef met MIV”. CABSA creates opportunities: e.g. Facilitates workshops; 5-day facilitators training.

WITH WHAT? The staff and co-workers serve churches and communities to the extent to which funds are available. CABSA is however responsible for its own funding. Sources of funding include: donations from individuals; financial support from church organisations and congregations; funding through trusts; project funding and provision of services on contract.

WHAT ELSE? For more information phone us at 021 873 0028 or 011 796 6830

or email  Lyn

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Wie en Wat is die Christen Vigsburo (CABSA). 11/05/2007

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Die Christen Vigsburo vir Suidelike Afrika te Hugenote Kollege (CABSA) is in Julie 2001 met 'n duidelike visie en missie gestig om kerke en geloofs-gemeenskappe in hulle respons op MIV en vigs te begelei deur voorsiening van inligting, sensitisering, mobilisering en die bevordering van netwerke. So word die visie van 'n versorgende Christengemeenskap wat hoop en versoening bied aan mense wat met MIV en vigs leef en direk daardeur geaffekteer word, nagestreef.

Ons is meer oortuig as ooit dat Christene en kerke 'n Godgegewe verantwoordelikheid het om die uitdagings van die vigspandemie in die oë te kyk en nie te ignoreer nie.

CABSA bestaan ter wille van mense wat met MIV en vigs leef en direk daardeur geaffekteer word. Dit is nie “hulle daar buite” nie. Dit is “ons”, want ons word almal deur MIV en vigs geraak.

Vermoëns en eienskappe

Besonderse vermoëns binne die organisasie maak van CABSA 'n unieke rolspeler op die vigsterrein. Onder ons kernbates tel die versamelde inligting wat deur databasisse beskikbaar gestel word en die "Kerke, Kanale van Hoop" program. Ons het die bewese vermoë om opleidingsprogramme te ontwikkel, komplekse inligting verstaanbaar te kommunikeer en te help om netwerke en samewerking te versterk. Ons is administratief gevestig.

CABSA ondersteun Christen gemeenskappe in hul hantering van die vigspandemie. Ons benader hierdie komplekse pandemie binne 'n Bybels-gefundeerde denkraamwerk. CABSA gee prioriteit aan talle kwessies, byvoorbeeld: afwesigheid van Christelike waardes, stilte, armoede, stigma, diskriminasie, geslagskwessies, kwesbaarheid van kinders en vroue, strategieë vir betrokkenheid in versorgingsprojekte en voorkomingstrategieë.

Die personeel word klein gehou ter wille van finansiële verpligtinge.

Waarom CABSA bestaan

Dringende probleme en behoeftes

Ten spyte daarvan dat MIV in 1981 medies bekend geraak het, woed die pandemie voort en neem dit skrikwekkende afmetings aan. Terwyl arm gemeenskappe die swaarste getref word, spring geen gemeenskap vry nie. Daarom is dit ontstellend dat in die kerke van Suider-Afrika die situasie dikwels nog die volgende is:

o MIV-positiewe persone en naasbestaandes vind dit moeilik om mense binne die kerk met hulle MIV status te vertrou omdat hulle verwerping vrees (of ervaar het);
o gemeenteleiers en lidmate is nog onkundig oor MIV en vigs en verstaan nie die problematiek daaraan verbonde nie;
o onkunde, onsensitiwiteit en onvermoë lei daartoe dat leiers óf niks doen nie óf foute maak in hulle boodskappe en optrede;
o waar daar wel effektiewe dienste of programme ontwikkel word, gebeur dit dikwels in isolasie. So bly waardevolle ondervinding en kennis onbenut in die breë Christen gemeenskap.

In plaas daarvan dat Kerke en Christen gemeenskappe 'n antwoord op die vigspandemie bied, dra hulle by tot die probleme wat die pandemie kenmerk.

Om van hierdie situasie te groei na versorgende Christen-gemeenskappe wat versoening en hoop aan MIV-geïnfekteerde en –geaffekteerde mense bedien, het kerke die volgende nodig:

o Kerkleiers wat die regte boodskappe kommunikeer en die regte voorbeeld stel;
o wetenskaplik korrekte sowel as waardegebaseerde inligting oor MIV en vigs;
o praktiese inligting oor hoe gemeentes gesensitiseer en ook gemobiliseer word.

CABSA spreek hierdie probleme en behoeftes aan

CABSA se begeleiding en ondersteuning van kerke en geloofsgroepe in hulle response op MIV en vigs fokus op die aanspreek van die probleme wat kortliks hierbo geskets is. Ons kernaktiwiteite word rondom die volgende vier doelstellings beplan:

  • Inligting voorsiening
  • Sensitisering
  • Mobilisering en
  • Netwerk skepping

Hierdeur lewer CABSA 'n bydrae daartoe dat Kerke en Christen gemeenskappe hulle God-gegewe roeping te midde van MIV en vigs sal uitleef. Deur ware sout en lig vir 'n stukkende gemeenskap te wees, sal die Koninkryk van God gedien en God verheerlik word. 

Kern aktiwiteite van CABSA

Inligting voorsiening

Algemene inligtingsdienste

o Die kantore in Wellington en Johannesburg hanteer alle navrae
o 'n Weeklikse “Bybelboodskap in hierdie tyd van MIV en vigs”
o 'n Maandelikse nuusbrief oor nuwe inligting op die webblad
o Riglyne vir Vigsherdenkingsondag en Wêreldvigsdag
o Die nuusbrief “CABSA Network” verskyn drie keer per jaar

CARIS (Christian AIDS Resource and Information Service)

CARIS is die inligtingsprojek van CABSA, met Lyn van Rooyen wat as projekbestuurder by die Fontainebleau Gemeenskapskerk in Johannesburg gebaseer is. CARIS funksioneer deur:

o 'n Plaaslike inligtingsentrum by die Johannesburgse kantoor, wat oor 'n verskeidenheid bronne oor MIV en vigs beskik

o Die ondersteuning van nuwe inligtingsentrums deur kerke of organisasies by ander sentra in Suider-Afrikao 'n Aktiewe webblad http://www.cabsa.org.za/ wat weekliks opdateer word.

  • 'n Databasis van MIV en vigs materiaal en publikasies
  • 'n Databasis oor Christen-spesifieke MIV en vigsprojekte
  • 'n Databasis met preke, waaronder preekwenke in Afrikaans.


Bewusmaking bly noodsaaklik

Dit is reeds 30 jaar sedert vigs as 'n terminale sindroom geïdentifiseer is. Die media berig gereeld oor die stygende infeksiekoers, maar tog ervaar CABSA steeds hoedat mense en ook gemeentes bewus gemaak moet word oor MIV en vigs en verwante kwessies. Sensitisering is gerig op die verandering van mense se houdings daaroor, veral teenoor mense wat met MIV leef of direk daardeur geraak word. Om gemeentes MIV-vriendelik en betrokke by voorkomende of versorgende programme te maak, is 'n langtermyn proses van bewusmaking en houdingsverandering.

Ondervinding wys dat die sensitisering van gemeentes slegs slaag wanneer die leierskap sensitief raak vir kwessies rondom MIV en vigs. Daarom fokus CABSA op leiers.

CABSA is opgewonde oor die vestiging van 'n Vigstaakgroep van die NG Kerk (Wes- en Suid-Kaapland) en VG Kerk (Kaapland). In samewerking met hierdie Vigstaakgroep kry CABSA die geleentheid om binne die strukture van die NG kerkfamilie betrokke te wees. Daar is al verskeie inligtingstukke op hierdie manier onwikkel en beskikbaar gestel.


Kerke, Kanale van Hoop

Die “Kerke, Kanale van Hoop” program en materiaal is deur Christo Greyling en Logy Murray ontwikkel. CABSA is die eienaar van hierdie effektiewe program om gemeentes en geloofsgroepe oor MIV en vigs te mobiliseer. Die Anglikaanse Kerk het dit reeds met vrug implimenteer, terwyl World Vision International en Operasie Mobilisasie dit na verskeie Afrikalande en ander kontinente neem.

CABSA lei fasiliteerders op tydens 'n sewe dag, indiepte opleidingsprogram. Kursusgangers verdiep hulle kennis oor die temas wat hulle tydens werkwinkels en met inligtingsessies sal aanbied. Belangrike kwessies, soos byvoorbeeld stigma, geslagsrolle, holistiese waardegebaseerde voorkomingsprogramme en betrokkenheid in versorging word bespreek. Dit geskied binne 'n Bybelgefundeerde raamwerk vir 'n Christen respons. Fasiliteerders word volgens opgestelde riglyne evalueer en ontvang omvattende fasiliteringsmateriaal.

So word fasiliteerders opgelei en bemagtig om in hulle eie gemeenskappe regdeur Suider-Afrika leiers op die vigsterrein te wees.

Mentor van opgeleide fasiliteerders

CABSA is terdeë bewus van die behoefte om fasiliteerders na hul opleiding verder te ondersteun. Hoewel ondersteuning 'n duur program is, is reeds begin om 'n mentorprogram te ontwikkel. Die eerste stappe om hierdie program te implimenteer is in 2006 geneem. Hierdie program sluit die volgende in:

o Voortgaande kommunikasie met en ondersteuning van fasiliteerders;
o Fasliteerders doen verslag aan CABSA en mag relevante inligting op die webblad publiseer;
o Geleenthede om streek verfrisser byeenkomste by te woon, word geskep.

Netwerk skepping

Formele bande deur 'n “Memorandum of Understanding” bestaan of het bestaan met die volgende:

  • Anglican Church of Southern Africa though the HIV and AIDS Office
  • Calvyn Protestantse Kerk van Suid-Afrika
  • CLF Vigstrust
  • Fontainebleau Gemeenskapkerk
  • Gekombineerde Kommissie vir Diakonaat van die NG Kerk (Wes- en Suid-Kaap) en die VG Kerk (Kaapland)
  • Kommissie vir Vrouelidmate: Wes- en Suid-Kaap
  • Morawiese Kerk
  • PRISMA (Hollandse netwerk organisasie)
  • World Vision International
Ander formele ooreenkomste
  • “Agreement to participate in the Christian HIV/AIDS Consultative Process”
  • “Agreement to cooperate with the Ecumenical Advocacy Alliance”
  • “Teeming Agreement with WVSA”
  • Lid van PACANet
  • Lid van Welvisi
Verskei samewerkingsverhoudinge bestaan, byvoorbeeld met:
  • African Leadership Institute for Community Transformation (ALICT)
  • Africa Upper room Ministries
  • “Buro vir Voortgesette Teologiese Opleiding en Navorsing” (BUVTON)
  • Bybelmedia
  • Christian Medical Fellowship
  • Hospivisie
  • King Fisher Mobilisasie Sentrum
  • Methodist Church of Southern Africa (MCSA)
  • Operation Mobilization (OM)
  • Southern Africa WCC-EHAIA
  • Strategies for Hope

Voortgesette dienslewering deur CABSA

Finansiële volhoubaarheid en bestuur

Dienslewering tot dusver is moontlik gemaak deur 'n verskeidenheid van donateurs en is 'n verhaal van hoe God voorsien het. Daar is instansies en individue wat op gereelde basis bydra en verskeie gemeentes neem jaarliks kollektes op. Hierdie bydraes word met groot waardering ontvang.

CABSA het 'n volhoubaarheidsfonds wat as reserwe vir veral salarisse dien. Projekte word geïmplimenteer in verhouding met die beskikbaarheid van fondse.

Alle transaksies word gereeld te boek gestel en noukeurig gemoniteer. Ouditering geskied jaarliks vanaf die 2002 boekjaar. Inligting word in die Jaarverslag gepubliseer.

Resente geouditeerde state is op navraag beskikbaar. Detail begrotingsinligting word aan befondsers beskikbaar gestel wat 'n substantiewe bydrae wil maak.

Versoek aan potensiële ondersteuner

Met hierdie voorlegging nooi CABSA u om as mede-befondser met CABSA in verhouding te tree. Hierdeur sal u in die sensitisering en mobilisering van kerke en geloofsgemeenskappe investeer. U sal help om opleiding beskikbaar te stel wat niemand op grond van beperkte finansies uitsluit nie. U sal betrokke wees by die toerusting en bemagtiging van kerk- en gemeenteleiers om leiding in plaaslike gemeentes en gemeenskappe op die MIV en vigsterrein te neem.

Vir CABSA sal 'n verhouding met u die voordeel inhou dat daar voortgegaan kan word met dienslewering. Omdat CABSA as nie-profyt organisasie ander dien, sal befondsing tot voordeel van die persone, kerke en geloofsgemeenskappe wat CABSA dien, strek.

U sou CABSA op enige van die volgende wyses kon ondersteun:

o Finansiële ondersteuning wat gebruik mag word vir oorhoofse kostes (bv. telefone, kantoorhuur, salarisse). Dis moeilik om befondsing vir hierdie uitgawes te kry en daarom sal enige bedrag hiervoor baie welkom wees.

o Finansiële ondersteuning wat gebruik mag word vir die instandhouding en uitbrei van ons inligtingsdiens, CARIS.

o Finansiële ondersteuning wat gebruik mag word om opleiding van fasiliteerders te subsideer. Meeste persone wat aansoek doen om opgelei te word, kan nie meer as 10% van die opleidingskoste bydra nie. (Die opleiding geskied oor sewe dae en kursusgangers word vir die volle duur gehuisves.) Normale koste wat opleiding, materiaal, huisvesting en voedsel insluit, beloop R7,000 per persoon.

o CABSA sal enige ander voorstel vir substantiewe ondersteuning met graagte bespreek.

CABSA onderneem

CABSA sal fondse deur u toegeken, aanwend vir die doel waarvoor u dit bewillig. Ons sal graag jaarliks aan u verslag doen. Geouditeerde finansiële state sal op versoek voorsien word.

Meer inligting

Kontak Lyn van Rooyen by 011 796 6830 of per epos.

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CARIS Origins

CARIS, the Christian AIDS Resource and Information Service, is a project of CABSA. CARIS aims to offer quality, reliable and accessible information and resources to empower Christian Initiatives in the fight against HIV and AIDS.

Through the work of CARIS:

  • Churches and Christian organizations will have information available that would enhance their effectiveness, building on the experiences and resources of best practice models.
  • Churches and Christian organizations will have a platform to share information.
  • Churches and Christian organizations will have access to a variety of evaluated resource materials, to guide and optimise their efforts.
  • Networking around HIV and AIDS within Christian churches will be enhanced.

Funding for the first two years of the project was provided by the Anglican Church of Southern Africa HIV and AIDS Office.

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Programmes and Activities


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Churches Channels of Hope

Our flagship training and church mobilization programme is also used by partners such as World Vision and AIDSLink.

Read more about the programme and the training here.

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CARIS - Christian AIDS Resource and Information Service. (Archived)

 CARIS was a project of CABSA  until early 2018 and one of the tools through which CABSA aims to achieve its vision.  Although our functions overlap, CARIS was mostly responsible for the information provision and networking part of our mission.

This website formed an important part of the services CARIS provides, but two other services can be highlighted.
Resource Centre:
A comprehensive HIV and AIDS Resource Centre was available at the CARIS office in Randburg. (This office moved to the top floor of the same building in January 2017). Materials available include books, magazines, pamphlets, articles, videos and CD–ROMs.   The more than 11 000 items in the centre could be used by anyone. A manual and classification system was developed for HIV resource centres in faith-based settings. 
Sadly this service had to be ended in 2018. Like-minded organisations were invited to collect resources and in this way the work of other organisations could still be expanded.
Welcome!  Please come inside....
We have a selection of free materials that you can use as you require.
Make yourself at home and select what you would like to work on - we have more than 7000 items in the resource centre.  Luckily all materials are classified and form part of our online database, so it is easy to find what you require.
We also have a selection of DVDs and Videos - you can browse through these in our video corner to see if it suits your needs.
 Even a door becomes a display space for posters!
 CARIS acts as a distribution centre for a limited amount of resource materials.  

CARIS  was also responsible for updating and maintaining this website.

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Resources for the Christian HIV Response. (Archived in April 2018)

People sometimes find it strange that we speak about HIV and a Christian Response, or a Christian response to AIDS.

In the book “Development and Faith”, the authors, Katherine Marshall and Marisa van Saanen, devote a chapter to faith communities and HIV. In this chapter they say the following about “Information”:  “Teams working on HIV/AIDS at the local level are hungry for information, especially about what works and what does not. Using the diverse communication channels and networks of faith networks creatively and well is one option.”

It is part of the dream of CARIS that churches and faith communities not only become “Channels of Hope”, but also become “Channels of Knowledge and Information” about HIV and the church's response to HIV. Since 2004 CARIS has made a lot of progress in being a source of accurate and reliable information for churches responding to HIV. We have a wonderful resource centre at our offices in Randburg, we have helped organisations set up local resource centres and we have provided a comprehensive service through our webpage and electronic tools.
We know that there is a sector of the Southern African Christian Community responding to HIV that cannot access the electronic services we provide. We have looked at various ways to also provide information materials to this market.
When possible, we provide a resource pack containing a selection Christian books, CD-ROMs and DVDs focussing on HIV from a Christian perspective to a small number of these organisations. The materials include valuable resources from the Called to Care series of Strategies for Hope, World Council of Churches Ecumenical HIV Initiative in Africa, Bybel-Media and others.
Please also let us know about any organisations that would be interested in partnering with us in order to expand this service.
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Feedback from Users of Our Services

Read what others say about our programmes and services

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CARIS 5th Birthday

Thank you so much for this wonderful newsletter, and for the support you render through CARIS' resources.
Can you please send me the resource pack for HIV trainings.
The demand is huge in our area for such information.
Warm Regards,
Anna Mashilo

I want to congratulate you and your amazing team for the last five years. You did well and served the Body of Christ in a great way. Hands wishes you and all the staff a great next five years as you continue to serve in the same manner!!
George Snyman
Hands at Work in Africa

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU!! And congratulations on such an exciting first 5 years!
May God equip and guide you for the next 5!
Best wishes
Janine Ward
ttt4c Coordinator

I cannot believe that the CARIS I have seen is just 5 years old! What I saw there spoke of a work of many many years. Indeed, the Lord has used you mightily and accelerated your work and every desire. Congratulations CARIS,
There's interesting resources you have put up on the web thanks Lyn and Nonceba.
Minenhle Moyo
Christian AIDS Taskforce
Gender Project

Thanks a million.
Emma Mahlalela
Nkomazi Municipality

Thank you for this newsletter and allow to add my voice to the others and say HAPPY BIRTHDAY CABSA. It's a godly thing to count ones blessings and thank God for what He has done. I enjoyed reading your personal experience and testimony in work and learning. I guess I am following in your footsteps in many ways, so you are an encouragement that "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me"


The conference on mobilizing religious health assets sounds a great one, though I am hearing about it a bit late. Still reading the news letter, will write again later

Happy birthday and may my God bless Caris a lot, five years is not a little and i hope caris will be more for the next year. I bless caris a lot.
Dr Sylvie Kinkela

Congratulations Lyn. You are so with it for a person with no former knowledge of knowledge management and it shows in your programme!! Everything is possible with God.
>Naume Kupe
AIDSPortal Facilitator, Southern Africa

Congrats on you and CARIS for reaching 5 years,
Well done to you and your small team in keeping the goal alive and spreading the message of love and peace and communication.
All I can say is thanks for the inspiration and leadership.
May you and the CARIS / CABSA Family be blessed .
Anthony Ambrose
Advocacy Manager
World Vision

I did receive your Birthday letter. Congratulations on CABSA's 5th birthday. You have indeed come a long way, and God has blessed you personally and CABSA generally with many wonderful gifts and blessings. You are making a difference. And you try to do what you do in excellence. Have a joyful celebration and trust God to heap more blessings on your undertakings. My prayer is with you.
Shalom and stay blessed
Sr Claudia o.p.
Catholic AIDS JHB

Belated happy birth day CARIS! May the lord grow and prosper the work for his own glory.
Lloyd Khanyanga
Family Life And Aids Education Ministry(FLAEM)


I cannot but help thanking our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ for the work you and the organisation are doing in this very dark and difficult time we live in, especially with Christians and churches in highlighting the stigma attached to HIV and AIDS.

You and your team have made a profound impression on me during the conference in Durban, with the presentations and your stall which I visited daily. Your news letter is also very inspiring as well the messages I regularly receive. I forward them to all staff through the relevant channels in the Department of Labour in the Northern Cape where I work.

I am pleased to be on your mailing list and grateful to also have a small opportunity to pray and support your work. It is pleasing to read how you all started, and your sentiments about yourself, you definitely are the right person for the job you do now, also your personality, passion love and care you displayed, I must add that your presentation on the first day was excellent – when  you spoke at the end of the plenary session. I must end by stating that I am the gentleman whom you kept the two books for until the end of the conference. I use them regularly since; and quoted from them during our Aids awareness session in my Department last week. Finally, congratulations on the five year anniversary, may our Lord Jesus continue to bless you and increase your ministry through the work you do.

A.K. Pillay

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CARIS Electronic Newsletter

Warm Greetings to you in Jesus Name and I hope you're doing well. Thank you so much for updating us with relevant information that really equips us in the field of HIV and AIDS.

Ditsele Samuel. 026/04/2010
Thank you a million times for the Newsletter. I find its contents so fascinating. Am so touched by the powerful quotation you wrote on the death of the infected ones. Surely stigma has to be confronted head on.
Thank you for all the support you give to us Lyn. Extend our appriciation to all the CABSA team. You really are stars. Only God can reward you on our behalf.
Samuel Mhungu.
RCZ CBAP Programme Coordinator.

"A delayed meal is compensated by a unique taste". Although I have not gone through the "What's new" I have a feeling that the issues are what everyone needs.
Thanks for continuing to make life easier for us.
With His blessings.
Lloyd Khanyanga
Family Life And Aids Education Ministry

Thank you so much for all your assistance. You were superb and look forward to further dealings.
Farai “Kays” Kanyangarara
Freedom Unlimited (Family Impact), Zimbabwe

Thank you for the Newsletter. In fact I really thought it disappeared. I like the Newsletter because it is up-to-date and informative.

I browsed through your website. It is simply fantastic. The Prisma Capacity Building Programme is an A+!
Your website is saved under my favourite links. I have some reading and catching up to do, which will be weekly on your website.
It is very, very, very impressive.
Dr Edwin Mavunika Mapara
Author Pictures in AIDucation: African Communities Talking Sex, AIDS and Pictures

It is amazing to learn how much the Lord is using you for His glory! May He continue to bless you so that you will in turn continue to be the blessing you are to many.
Lloyd Khanyanga (Coordinator)
Family Life and Aids Education Ministry (FLAEM)

I trust the Lord that you are doing fine.
Mail to thank you for sharing helpful information with me over the period, it has been BLESSINGS.
May I say at this point that I've got so much to learn from you, you see I have special passion for disseminating timely and correct info to the Christ Body and the entire Nigeria Population as it relate to HIV.
Lyn, I will certainly drive towards acquiring more ICT skill in order for me to be well effective web wise. In fact I wish to have here in Nigeria what CABSA is to Southern Africans.
I sincerely admit to your resourcefulness and will continue to learn be inspired, be motivated more as I continue to learn.
Please keep doing the good work.
Hope for AIDS outreach, Nigeria

I am eternally grateful for your professionalism, support and efficiency.
Thank you so much again
Julie Peters
Philimpilo Community Care

I congratulate you on one of the best newsletters. Besides the latest news events, it contains valuable programmatic information
Eddie Harvey


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CABSA AGM 2017 - Asset - or Competence Based Community Development. 17/5/2017

Different stakeholders attended the recent CABSA Annual General Meeting held in Randburg at Fontainebleau Community Church, who hosts the CARIS offices. Those present included the Chairperson of CABSA’s Board, Ms Eulogia Murray, Director Lyn van Rooyen, CCoH Facilitators, Donors, CABSA Randburg staff, CABSA Wellington represented by Aneleh Fourie-Le Roux (Training Manager), Leaders form faith-based communities, beneficiaries and the community at large. As networking is one of CABSA’s key activities, the day started with guests being given time to chat over a cup of coffee and cake.

Different speakers lined up for the day, some who had joined CABSA a decade ago. Ms van Rooyen welcomed the guests, followed by one of the trained CCoH facilitators Pastor Mandla Zwane, who blessed the occasion with prayer and a message from John 11 verses 18-19.

The theme of the morning was asset- or competence community development and Lyn van Rooyen did not waste time to introduce the speakers

The first speaker was Janine Ward who is passionate about community development and as a young social worker implemented an Asset-Based Development programme in the rural town of Mafucula in Swaziland. She highlighted the challenges, experiences and lessons she learnt from her time in Mafucula: not forgetting the brick making project, construction of the a bridge in the area, vegetable garden and other income generating projects. Janine said; “I learnt that everyone can be successful only if we i) start where you are; ii) use what you have, and iii) do what you can.” Her later involvement with the Churches, Channels of Hope programme fit in well with this philosophy.

The second speaker was Schalk van Heerden, who contributed his life and time fighting for social justice; he heads the Safe South Africa’s Youth Zones. He reminded people how important Assest-Based Development is, but focused mainly on how faith-based communities’ need to decolonise their mindset to bring equality and social justice, without judging people in challenged communities (including those infected and affected by HIV/ AIDS). Schalk was very bold on the perceptions which people had over racial issues that are dividing the nation. He said, “Being born in a very Afrikaans family and community, decolonising my mindset was an important decision in life, because it helped me to see the good and learn from people of other races”. Schalk encouraged NGOs not to depend on donations from companies but rather be independent through income generating activities that encourage growth and sustainability. He concluded by saying, “Development is a not a job but it is a life-time thing”.

The next speaker was Dave Marokane, a young man who was born and raised in Limpopo and came to Diepsloot to start a new life with a bag of clothes and R 800.00 cash. He followed his dream, never looked down on himself and started an NGO for youth called Book Of Hope (BOH) based in Diepsloot. His journey with CABSA started in 2015, during the CCoH facilitator’s training in Germiston. He regards the training as a life changing moment, both for his church and personally. After the training, he was happy to take the initiative of CCoH to his church, New Life Ministries in Diepsloot, but received a negative response, because his pastors did not want to speak about anything to do with HIV/ AIDS. Dave said, “I approached the church to discuss issues around HIV/ AIDS and what ran into their minds was sex and they quickly criticized me. In response, I said to them show me your plan as a church in tackling HIV/ AIDS, for which I did not get a response”.  He was however able to convince his church to reverse its decisions and they allowed him to initiate HIV/ AIDS talks, where every Sunday after the main service there are discussions around HIV/ AIDS.

It would be impossible to leave the day without hearing from the woman who has been at the centre of CCoH training. Aneleh Fourie-Le Roux, CABSA’s training manager, has worked with CABSA for the past 12 years, and was one of the first trainees of the Churches Channels of Hope programme. She related how she developed the attitude and character to work with Christian based communities during her studies and after. From her experience and knowledge working with faith-based communities and CCoH, she expanded the idea of “Towards competency- recognising the significance of few loaves and fish”, the teaching Luke 9 verses 16 – 17. She encouraged faith leaders to ensure that they give comprehensive teachings on HIV/ AIDS in their faith-based communities. Aneleh highlighted that faith-based communities are often willing to care for people who are ill of AIDS but less confortable dealing with activities that will prevent the spread of HIV. She encouraged faith leaders to share and put into practice some of the principles of competency into their communities.

Lyn van Rooyen, the executive director, concluded the day by sharing the activities and events of 2016.  She took the opportunity to thank all the stakeholders for their support, which enabled CABSA to equip and support faithleaders to make a difference in communities that are affected by HIV or AIDS. After an overview of the statistics in South Africa, Lyn expressed the need for more involvement of the church in dealing with the challenges of HIV and informed the stakeholders of the impact CABSA had in faith-based communities.  She highlighted the following:

  • Training and mobilization has expanded in the previous year with 4 facilitators training held in Kenya, KZN and 2 in Gauteng. The past year has also seen the facilitation of at least 6 workshops with 138 participants and the launch of the Peer Educators’ Training in the Western Cape. 
  • The websites managed by CABSA (www.cabsa.co.za and www.thursdaysinblack.co.za) received a total of 217 822 visits, the Facebook pages had 1 676 likes and Twitter profiles have 752 followers. The subscriber base expanded and Weekle Bible Messages were sent to 1 080 subscribers.
  • Through the “Thursdays in Black” initiative, CABSA has managed to convey the message against sexual abuse and rape. Advocacy was further strengthened through “We Will Speak Out South Africa” (aimed at sexual violence), Transformative Justice Workshops and presentations at various conferences and events.
  • CABSA was the local host for interfaith activities at the International AIDS conference in Durban in 2016. Lyn said: “Our involvement included organising a two day interfaith preconference, an interfaith worshipservice, and a vibrant interfaith networking zone with a very active programme in the Global Networking zone.”

You can download the Annual Report here. Please note a typing error on the summary of the financial statements. The Amount of R 312 818 in "Corporate Development and Governance should be R132 818.

In closing, the chairperson reported on the changes to constitution; which were mainly the mission, vision, more details about the objectives, the roles and responsibilities of the Board of Directors and the managing of “friends of CABSA”. “However though there are changes to the constitution, the heart of CABSA did not change - that is equipping faith communities with resources to bring transformation in a world with HIV/ AIDS”, Lyn said.

Guest were served a light lunch which gave time for further networking before the event was over.



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CABSA AGM 2016 - Celebrating 15 Years of Grace. 14/4/2016

What a wonderful opportunity to meet old friends and share memories! This is a quick glimpse at the event. A more comprehensive photoalbum is available on our Facebook page

This morning CABSA's AGM was held at the Dutch Reformed Church, Wellington North. More than just an AGM, it was also an opportunity to celebrate CABSA's 15th birthday! Lyn planned a quick overview of some of the highlights of the past 15 years. Once she realized the extent of the memories, she realized that it would be “not-so-quick”! And this was before the other voices were added.  The really exciting part of this "flight through history" was that so many long-time friends of CABSA could share their stories. You can share in this walk in memory lane here. (Please be patient - it takes a few minutes to load.)

We were also privileged to have both CABSA's previous directors, Logy Murray and Nelis du Toit, at the event, as well as two previous chairpersons, Dr Adrie Killian and Dr Xolile Simon.

Special gifts were handed over to the staff who has been part of the dream for many years - Meloney Goliath (10 years), Aneleh Fourie-Le Roux (11 years) and Lyn van Rooyen (12 years). It is clear from this photo that it is Thursday, as we are all in black in solidarity with the Thursdays in Black campaign.

It was very exciting to see the newly developed website! Lyn highligted a few features of the new website and announced a very exciting competition. You can read about this here.

Logy gave feedback on the process of changing the constitution. Although there will still be some refining, the following suggestion was put to the meeting:


CABSA catalyses the competence of the Church to bring transformation in the areas of health, well-being and gender equality in a world affected by HIV.


Caring and competent Christian communities that embody transformation and hope in a HIV affected world, in need of health, wellbeing and equality.

CABSA Ethos Statement

  • We are a dynamic and adaptive organisation.
  • Our work is evidence-based and faith-inspired.
  • Our actions are guided by our vision, values and identity.
  • We are passionate and committed in what we do.
  • We endure whatever the circumstances.
  • We harness lasting relationships for collective impact.

The meeting supported the generall princple and again supported the principle of an electronic general meeting to approve changes in the constitution.

 In addition to guests sharing may stories and memories they also shared their wishes for CABSA on a message wall and ended the meeting by praying for the future of the organisation.



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CABSA 'celebrated life' at its AGM and mini-conference on Gender, GBV and HIV.

On Saturday CABSA ‘Celebrated Life’ at its Annual General Meeting which was accompanied by a mini-conference on Gender, Gender-Based Violence (GBV) and HIV. We look back on a very inspiring and lively day and are happy to share a brief overview of the day with you. Rather have a visual impression? Take a look.


The Mini-Conference on Gender, GBV and HIV.

Xana McCauley from Christians for Biblical Equality kicked of the mini-conference with a presentation on the roots of gender and GBV. She spoke how gender inequality is present in the church, and shed some light how this should be approached from a Biblical perspective.
The second speaker, Itumeleng Komanyane from Sonke Gender Justice, spoke about positive masculinities and how to engage men in the journey to gender equality and to reduce GBV. Itumeleng shared stories from her everyday life that were recognised by the audience. She shared that men often feel a lot of pressure from society to provide for their family, that young-women rather date a guy with a car. With South-Africa’s current economy and high-unemployment it often is not possible for men to meet these demands, so it is important that we change these thought-patterns.
CABSA’s long-term partner, World Vision, shared insights from their ‘Channels of Hope for Gender’ programme. Maclean Dlodlo spoke about the impact of this training in the Solomon Islands, how women feel empowered through this training and how gender viewpoints of the trained beneficiaries change to more equal ones.
Meleney Kriel spoke for VIVA Rape Response and shared how the organisation implemented a response system for sexual violence in the Mamelodi township, in Pretoria. She shared some powerful stories how, through this system, a social worker and the police were mobilised and avoided situations from escalating.
After a short break Marcus van Wyk from We Will Speak Out shared refreshing information on how you as an individual can ‘speak out’ against sexual and gender based violence and invited the participants to sign the We Will Speak out Pledge and make a difference.
Lastly, our colleague Aneleh Fourie-Le Roux spoke about CABSA’s ‘Thursdays in Black’ campaign, how this influenced her life and her wardrobe, but also how individuals in local grass-roots communities can stand-up against GBV, by wearing black on Thursdays. She shared that by wearing black you mourn with the persons that suffer from GBV and draw the line that it is enough. 

The Annual General Meeting.

After all these inspiring and motivating stories, it was time for the official part, which was in the competent hands of Logy Murray and our Director Lyn van Rooyen. Lyn walked us through the Annual Report of 2014. CABSA is proud to share that, with limited resources, we had a great impact in 2014. This year’s annual report was accepted at the AGM.
Logy shared that it is necessary to change the constitution to meet the reality of the organisation’s expanded reach and the participants at the AGM agreed that this may be done through an online general meeting.
This day was only possible through the commitment of our speakers and exhibitors, thank you very much!

For a visiual impression of the day click here


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Preparing more Channels of Hope. June 2014

On Monday, 2 June, another CABSA Training of Facilitators started with 30 participants and a competent training team of 6 members. The Training continued for 6 days till lunch time on Sunday, 8 June. 'Tunde Fowe of Nigeria was the lead trainer of the team who helped to keep everybody focused and engaged. The programme, loaded with knowledge on HIV and AIDS, opportunities to practice Facilitation Skills and guided by Christian Principles, kept people involved and interested.

It was the first time that this format of training was done – the majority of the participants (25 people) came from one particular community in the Eden Park area in Gauteng. The rest of the participants came from Kenya and Zambia.

The participants all seemed excited about the opportunity to gain knowledge and skills to be used in their different faith communities. Here follow a few comments from participants: 

  • I especially appreciated the inclusion of material aimed at examining our attitudes and the understandings which took us all on a journey.
  • This has changed my mind set.  Thank you. Thank you!!
  • It gave me a good understanding and skills.
  • The explanation brought a great challenge to me.
  • It was my first time being part of training such as this, but I don’t regret being here. Well done.

Through the grace of God and the financial support of our stakeholders, CABSA had the opportunity to help empower people in order to address the challenge of HIV and AIDS in our communities.

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CABSA Annual General Meeting. 18 March 2013

On the 18th of March CABSA had the opportunitiy to look back at the joys and challenges of 2012.

 We were very priviliged to share this event with a group of the CABSA representatives and training team members. 

You can download a PDF of the Annual Report here or read it online below.

 The Infographic provides a snapshot of the activities of the year.

CABSA Infographic


View annual report online

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CABSA AGM and Celebrate Life 2012

On Saturday 19 May CABSA and AIDSLink International had a shared AGM and Knowledge Sharing event. Like in the past, this was a great opportunity to learn from each other, to network, and to share resources.


•    Welcome and Prayer = Rev Johan Pieters, FCC
•    Child Health Now - Unto Us a Child is Living = Anthony Ambrose, World Vision
•    Hide and Seek: Why HIV matters in children? = Dr. Ute Fuecht, Department of Paediatrics and Child Health, Kalafong hospital and University of Pretoria
•    Introducing the SAVE prevention methodology as a holistic tool for realising the UNAIDS goals of getting to Zero.  = Rev Jape Heath, INERELA+
•    Men as Partners in Prevention = Past Mbulelo Dyasi, SANAC Men’s Sector
•    Introducing the Annual Reports:
•    Ms Logy Murray
o    AIDSLink International Annual Report 2011 = Rose Hack
o    CABSA Annual Report 2011 (PowerPoint)= Lyn van Rooyen. Download the 'Year at a Glance' poster  and the annual report
•    Thank You.
•    Closing Prayer = Rev William Ficks 
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CABSA 2011 - At a Glance

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Ashley busy with registration



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10th Anniversary Celebrations. 3-5 June 2011

CABSA celebrated our anniversary with a number of events on the weekend of 3-5 June 2011.  Read the reports and view the photos below.

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CABSA's 10th Anniversary - Evening of Music and Celebration at URCSA Zions, Paarl. 3/6/2011

The first event of CABSA's anniversary celebrations was a evening of music and celebration.  Our gracious host was the Zions congregation of URCSA Paarl.

It was wonderful to visit a congregation that integrated HIV in the life and ministry of the organisation.  Banners and posters proclaim: "Ons gee om" - "We care"

The evening started with praise and worship by the URCSA Zions Praise and Worship group. In spite of it being very cold, the hall slowly started to fill with people with warm hearts!

Rev Jimmy de Wet welcomed al those present and opened the evening with prayer and lighting the AIDS candle.


A special moment was when the youth of the congregation were invited to light individual candles in the candelabra

We were entertained by the voices of the Bet-El Men’s choir and the Mbekweni choir and the movements and inspiration of the Zions Spiritual Dance group before Rev Nelis du Toit briefly introduced the work of CABSA.


Our special thanks on this evening went to a very special group of CABSA co-workers, individuals living with HIV who played a particular role through their positive lives to address stigma and break down misconceptions.  Sadly, only Patti Thomas could be with us, but we also thought about and prayed for Fanie, Quintin and Toni



The final performance of the evening was our guest artist, the talented and inspiring Annalise Wiid.  With her beautiful voice, wonderful stories and passionate message, she touched and inspired the CABSA family and all our friends to do even more in our quest to bring reconciliation and hope in a world with HIV.




 The evening ended with a warm cup of soup prepared by the men of the Zions congregation!


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CABSA Annual General Meeting and Networking Event. 4/6/2011

The 2011 CABSA Annual General Meeting and Networking Event had a very special focus to celebrate our 10th anniversary.  As has become customary, there was plenty of time for sharing and networking, but there was also a specific focus on the organisation's founders.

The event was hosted by the DRC Helderberg congregation, Somerset West

CABSA staff members ready to welcome all the visitors.


 Local organisations involved in some way with HIV were invited to exhibit, while CABSA also highlighted the work we do:

We were welcomed to the AGM by Rev Hannes Theron, pastor of the Helderberg Congregation, and the Chairperson of the CABSA Board opened the meeting with prayer, before Rev Nelis du Toit presented the annual report. (The minutes of the meeting, apowerpoint presentation and the Annual Report can be accessed below.)


Lyn introduced the founders of CABSA. 

Christo sent his message from the Netherlands by video, and his mother accepted a gift and said a few words about their journey as family with HIV and with CABSA; Logy highlighted the extent to which CABSA has always been dependant on grace and what a privilege it has been to be part of the CABSA journey, and God's provision for the organisation; Corneel also spoke of the passion all involved with organisation displayed, and that CABSA was also part of Attie's passion.

View Christo's message:




Aneleh Fourie-Le Roux acknowledged a few other key role players in the history of the organisation: Ms Esther Blackaller representing the Women’s Ministry of the Dutch Reformed Church, Dr Andre du Toit representing Huguenot College, Dr Pieter Fourie representing Bible Media and Rev Nelis du Toit as outgoing director of CABSA.

Jerry highlighted the important role of other CABSA role players such as board members, staff, training team members, regional representatives, facilitators, donors and friends of CABSA. (Co-workers were honoured on Friday night). He also thanked everyone involved for their role in the organisation and the events of the weekend.

It is very clear that the CABSA family is large - and that the few staff members of the organisation are only the ‘ears of the hippopotamus’.


Representatives from exhibiting organisations had the opportunity to introduce their organisations, and conveyed messages of congratulations:

Helderberg Hospice - Ms Dianne Waddington

Monte Christo Miqlat Ministries    Ms Zukiswa Khonjwayo

CPUT - Mr Marius Harmsen

CLF - Ms Hedwig Moore

And then it was time for candles, cake, plenty of delicious snacks, networking and building relationships!


More photo's of the networking part of the event will be posted soon!

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Networking at the AGM. 5/6/2011

New relationships were formed and old one's were strengthened




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Tenth Anniversary Thanksgiving Service. 5/6/2011

The service was held on a sunny Sunday afternoon at the Calvin Protestant Church in Athlone, Cape town.

Welcome and Call to Worship – Rev Stephen Snyman

 Call to Worship
Leader:    Jesus Christ is the Light that came into this world.
               His light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.
Leader:    The Lord be with you
All:           And also with you
Leader:    Lift up your hearts
All:           We lift them up to the Lord
Leader:    For the glory and honour are yours, Father and Son, with the Holy Spirit in your holy church, now and forever.

Song – Masithi Amen

Scripture Reading (in Xhosa)

Psalm 146 – Dr Xolile Simon

Candle Ceremony - Rev Elise Theunissen

Prayer - Dr Xolile Simon





Scripture reading (in Afrikaans)

2 Corinthians 4:1-3, 5-7, 13-15 – Rev Kathleen Smith

Message – Rev Nelis du Toit

2 Corinthians 4: 5-7 Though we are clay pots we bear the wonderful treasure of the message of God’s love.

We all know passages in Paul’s letters where we read about the wonders of being saved by Christ. In 5:17-18 he writes – “Anyone who believes in Christ is a new creation. The old is gone! The new has come! It is all from God. He brought us back to himself through Christ's death on the cross. And he has given us the task of bringing others back to him through Christ.” NIRV. In Eph 2:10 we read – “For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.” (NLT)

However, in our text Paul comes from another angle. Here Paul calls himself and his fellow believers earthen vessels. Clay pots!

Verse 7 – “Yet we who have this spiritual treasure are like common clay pots, in order to show that the supreme power belongs to God, not to us.” (Good News Translation)

I cannot explain to you what Paul exactly had in mind when he wrote this. As far as I know, this is the only time he used this expression. So instead of putting my ideas into Paul’s mouth I will rather just tell you what this means to me.

* Clay pots are made from clay – from the earth. That reminds me of Gen 2:7 – “Then the Lord God took some soil from the ground and formed a man out of it; he breathed life-giving breath into his nostrils and the man began to live.”

Therefore the picture of a human being, or a Christian, as a clay pot is for me a picture of how we are created from this earth. We are part of God’s creation.

* Like many things in this earth, we are also perishable and fragile. Look at a rose – beautifully created by God, but it soon wastes away. Therefore, for me a “common clay pot” is a symbol of something that can break.

* This reminds me of the one lesson we as church have to learn well in this time of HIV and AIDS: We are all breakable. We are vulnerable. And we must add to this the truth that to be human means to be fallible. To put it in Biblical words – we are all sinners. Therefore not one of us can point a finger to the other to condemn.

I think one of the many temptations for the church is to become overconfident, superior, patronising and even condescending. This attitude easily grows when we only focus on the positive statements about us in the Bible and we forget the many other places where the balancing truths are explained.

Maybe some will agree with me that there were indeed elements of this in the church or amongst many Christians in the previous century. We were so sure about ourselves. When I was at university there was this attitude that our generation will be the one who will finally evangelise the whole world!

And then the century ended with the most devastating pandemic of known history. And for most of the time a big segment of the church was incompetent to respond to this challenge. Why? For many reasons, but one reason is that many church leaders were looking down at the pandemic. There message was: “if you are a broken clay pot it means you are still a sinner dying in your sins”.

We forgot – “we are all just clay pots!” Paul is a clay pot. Christians are clay pots. Christian leaders are clay pots.

* CABSA is a clay pot.

* However, to say that all of us are only clay pots, reminds me of God’s grace.

Example of Dead Sea clay pots: Although these pots were from clay and therefore breakable, it kept those scrolls from completely falling apart for about 1,900 years! Breakable but not useless. Even in Paul’s time, breakable clay pots were important utensils for daily life.


This brings me to the second part of Paul’s statement: there is a treasure in the clay pot.

And this treasure is not an eternal soul as the Greeks of those days believed. This treasure is the gospel of Jesus Christ.

In verse 6 Paul describes it with a vivid expression that recalls his experience on the road to Damascus. “For God, who said, “Let there be light in the darkness,” has made this light shine in our hearts so we could know the glory of God that is seen in the face of Jesus Christ.” (NLT)

It is as if Paul says, I have looked into the face of Jesus Christ and I have seen the glory of God.

What is the “glory of God”?

Again I can only share with you what this means to me. It reminds me of John 1:14 – “The Word became a human being. He made his home with us. We have seen his glory. It is the glory of the one and only Son. He came from the Father. And he was full of grace and truth.” (NIRV) The disciples saw the glory of Jesus in his grace, his compassion. How He embraced everyone with the love of God.

This brings me back to the first verses of this letter: 1:3 – “Give praise to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! He is the Father who gives tender love. All comfort comes from him.” (NIRV)

Listen again to verse 6 in the NKJV – “For it is the God who commanded light to shine out of darkness, who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.”

When I read this verse I think of Rom 5:5 – “Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.” (NKJV)

And we all know John 1:5 – “The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness can never extinguish it.” (NLT)

The treasure is this light shining into our hearts. It’s not something solid, something you learn and then you have it and you can hand it out as you like. It’s the wonder of discovering God’s tender love.

A simple comparison: you’ve been lying in bed with the flu in the Cape winter. You are sick and it is cold outside and raining all the time. No sun, no blue sky. And then you wake up the next morning, open the curtains and whala! The sun shines on your face! And the sky is blue and the birds are singing! That’s a treasure. It changes you and lifts you out of your depressed mood.

As much as the HIV pandemic has reminded us of the fact that we are only clay pots, the same pandemic helps us to understand the wonder of this treasure. The light of God is our treasure. The love of God is our treasure. The grace of God is our treasure. Seeing Jesus’ disciples embracing everyone is our treasure.

However, this is something we have to discover over and over. We have to remind one another. We have to drink from this well again and again.

But most important of all – we have to share it. We need to be clay pots that poor out the treasure.

According to John 7:37-38, Jesus said: "Let anyone who is thirsty come to me and drink. Does anyone believe in me? Then, just as Scripture says, streams of living water will flow from inside him." NIRV. Cf GNT: “Streams of life-giving water will pour out from his side.”

To come back to the image of the clay pot. Water from a clay pot will only be refreshing if that clay pot is emptied often and filled again and emptied and filled again. It’s like a clay pot becoming a channel…!

Yes, CABSA is a clay pot, but fortunately CABSA is more than that, it’s a channel! A channel “passing on” this treasure of God we discover again and again. A channel pouring out this treasure of God again and again in a world with HIV and AIDS.

Therefore my prayer for CABSA is: may CABSA, who is a clay pot, always continue pouring out the treasure of God’s tender love, God’s light and may CABSA then be filled again and again with a renewed understanding of God’s grace.

Prayer – Rev Kathleen Smith

Leader:     Father, Son and Holy Spirit, we come before You in awe and worship
All:           Thank you for your everlasting love
                You have comforted us in all our troubles
                And poured your love into our hearts through your Holy Spirit
Leader:    Heavenly Father
                In this time of HIV and AIDS we call upon your name -
All:           It is so easy to think that we are invincible
                But we have learned that we are vulnerable
                We pray for your fatherly protection and care
Leader:    Jesus, our Saviour
                In the midst of the HIV pandemic we pray to you -
All:          We often feel like sheep without a shepherd
               Bring us into your presence
               To be restored and saved
Leader:     Holy Spirit, our Comforter
                We have been struggling against HIV and AIDS for years –
All:           Lead us though this dark valley into your light
                And give us your peace
Leader:    Merciful God, we pray for everyone living with HIV and all who are involved
All:           For our government – that they may be instruments of your righteousness and peace
                For all medical professionals – give them knowledge to find medical solutions
                For all caregivers – for love to care with gentle hands
                For all organisations in the AIDS field – for resources and energy to persevere
                For CABSA – to be your instrument of hope and reconciliation
                We pray for ourselves –
                May we be light and salt in this world.
               Help us to be compassionately involved
                Empower us to act and live responsibly
                To the honour of your Name


OfferingStephen Snyman

Prayer for UNGASS – Lyn van Rooyen

Today’s date is significant, not only because it is CABSA’s anniversary.  On the 5th of June 1981, the Centre’s for Disease Control in the USA published the first report of a strange new disease which would later become known as AIDS.  So today could be viewed as the 30th anniversary of the epidemic.  And in the week ahead, world leaders will meet in New York at a Special Session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGASS).  This meeting will determine the direction and nature of the worlds response to HIV for the future.  This prayer is made with these thoughts in mind:

Dear Lord

Our celebrations come at a time of great importance in the AIDS epidemic:

Thirty years ago, the first report was published of what became known as HIV and AIDS.  In these thirty years there have been many tales of heartbreak, but also many tales of scientific breakthroughs and organisational and national responses.  In these years there has been many times when we called to you in despair and times where we praised you for your trustworthiness.

Today we come to you with a particular prayer for the wisdom of your Spirit.  In the next few days world leaders will be meeting to determine the international response to HIV over the next few years. We would like to pray for this meeting and all the participants:

  • We pray for their deliberations, that they do not lose sight of the great challenges ahead,
  • We pray for bold decisions and implementable plans, when they consider targets for access to prevention, treatment and care.
  • We pray for the commitment from all participants to make their plans a reality.

But more than this:

  • We pray that each participant remembers that their deliberations are not about statistics and plans.
  • We ask that you remind them that each decision touches the lives of people;
  • We ask  that you remind them of  the more than 33 million people infected with HIV, the millions more who are directly affected and the millions that will be infected in future if we do not act decisively now.
  • We pray that this meeting is a time of renewed commitment, for governments and international organisations, but also for each of us responding to the challenges of HIV
  • We ask you to help us as individuals and as organisation to keep our government accountable to their decisions in the months and years after the meeting,

We pray this because we know that you are the trustworthy God, but you are also the God of new beginnings.

Give us a new beginning in our response to HIV.


Song – Amazing grace

Blessing – Stephen Snyman

Leader:    Now to him who is able to strengthen you according to my gospel and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery which was kept secret for long ages but is now disclosed and through the prophetic writings is made known to all nations, according to the command of the eternal God, to bring about the obedience of faith–– to the only wise God be glory for evermore through Jesus Christ! (Rom 16:25-27).

All:        Amen!


 (Photo's: Jan van Rooyen)

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Messages of Congratulations

These messages were received on the occasion of CABSA's tenth birthday celebration in June 2011:

Ian & Anita Rushton; TtF 2004, CABSA Representative KZN

Happy 10th Birthday to CABSA, an organisation birthed through a unique vision of the Body of Christ and its mission that has birthed life and spread reconciliation, hope and grace throughout our country and our wonderful continent. May God continue to inspire and grace CABSA's leadership.

May God continue to inspire, resource and grace CABSA's leadership to sustain and expand its life-giving ministry and to embody the Guiding Principles, and its co-workers and facilitators to be channels of hope and life-gives every day and in every way throughout our continent.

Lloyd Khanyanga: CCoH Facilitator, CABSA Representative Malawi, Director FLAEM

I wish all participants to the CABSA celebrations all the best as the celebrations come to the climax. We look forward to another blessed decade.

Mario Muromua:  CCoH Facilitator, Mozambique

Thanks for the info and am with you people in spirit! Will keep praying.

Clive Ferreira, CCoH Facilitator, Somerset Wes

Thank you very much for your message.  I too am sad that I will not be able to join you at CABSA's 10th anniversary celebrations.  I would have love to have been there but the fact is that I shall be away on those very dates.  Rest assured however that I will keep you all in my thoughts and prayers.  

Chris Maphosa: CCoH Facilitator, Zimbabwe

Indeed I remain in prayer and are together with you in the Spirit.

Stay blessed and looking forward to hearing from you the proceedings

Kays (Aaron) Kanyangarara: CCoH Facilitator, Zimbabwe

I will certainly be with you in spirit. I am glad to be part of the wonderful work God is doing through CABSA. Thanks for advising me. Blessings

Wiehahn Maritz: CCoH Facilitator, CABSA Representative, Northern Cape

I would have loved to join all of you for the celebrations and understand that it’s not possible to sponsor everyone’s traveling costs. CABSA have much reason to celebrate! Enjoy every moment.

And, yes, I would be proud to wear the new CABSA T-shirt. Put me on the mailing list!  Blessings from Upington.

Caroline: CCoH Facilitator

Happy celebrations! We are marking ours too here and CABSA  T shirts will be worn on that day and prayers will be offered too.  I wish everyone in CABSA a memorable celebration, wish I were there! Gods Blessings

Janine Ward: CCoH Facilitator, Community Builder

Your childhood is just about over and now you face growing into adulthood...may your adolescent years be smooth and productive! Thank you for training and inspiring so many of us to become channels of hope in our own spheres of influence.

My prayer is that God will bless all at CABSA with renewed strength and direction to fulfill His plan for this beloved nation of ours, and for our neighbours around us. HAPPY 10th ANNIVERSARY!  Viva CABSA viva!

Richard Toxla: CCoH Faclitator, Ghana

I wish I were in S.A to join in the CABSA birthday celebrations … Please, do extend my congratulations to the CABSA Team.

‘Tunde Fowe: CCoH Facilitator, Trainer and Representative West and Central Africa

You cannot attend a CABSA training and remain the same. How do I know? First, from a personal experience. In spite of a myriad of HIV training I had received and my many years of experience in HIV response (part of which included serving as director of an HIV and AIDS programme at national level), CABSA training was refreshingly different - it went straight for my heart and I was transformed. Second, from my privileged participation on a number of training teams. I witness that life changing experience in participants without fail, every time a training takes place. CABSA is changing the face of Christian response to the HIV and AIDS pandemic by building caring communities. Thank you CABSA. May God enlarge your coast of influence.

Buyiswa Mpini: CCoH Facilitator and CABSA Representative in Eastern Cape

I would like to congratulate CABSA on this joyous and historic occasion.  I thank God for the 10 years of touching lives and making a difference in people's lives.  I appreciate CABSA's mission of bringing reconciliation in this time of HIV and AIDS in our world!!!  I thank God that my life is one of those that was touched for the better for participating in the Churches Channel of Hope Programme.  I continue to wear my Channel of Hope pin with pride as I know that my life has found a purpose through your programme!!!  Thank you, May God continue to bless CABSA for many years to come!!!

Andrie Kilian: CCoH Facilitator, previous Chairperson of CABSA Board, Message from Northern Ireland

Ek dank die Here saam met julle vir die onberekenbare vrug en seen op al die inisiatiewe van CABSA gedurende die afgelope tien jaar. Ek bid dat die goeie gevolge van al julle ondernemings gedurende die volgende tien jaar sal vertiendubbel! Hartlik geluk.

I thank the Lord for His incalculable blessings on al the initiatives of CABSA during the past ten years. I sincerely pray that the good results of all your enterprises during the next ten years might duplicate ten-fold! Congratulations.

Annie Kaseketi Mwaba: CCOH Faciltator and Trainer, CPGD Project Trainer and Mentor; World Vision International, Church Partnership on Gender and Development

Thank you for faithfully serving with churches in making the lives of those of us that are positive worth while. To the Whole CABSA Family we send our congratulations on your 10th anniversary! May the Lord continue His good work in you, through and for you. 

Dalene van Schalkwyk

CCoH Facilitator,CABSA Representative Western Cape

Congratulations CABSA!   I thank the Lord for what He has done through CABSA the past 10 years.   May He bless and help all to continue with what He has planned for us.

Bobby Fredd:  CCoH Facilitator

Happy Birthday!

Elzaan de Villiers; CCoH Facilitator, Building Hope

Baie geluk!  Mag die Here CABSA oorvloedig seen met wysheid en insig en netwerke. En soos wat fondse vir MIV al meer krimp, “that the church will rise to take its leadership responsibility in caring for the sick, the widow and the orphan”. 

Yvonne Morgan: Director, CATHCA

All of us at CATHCA send warm congratulations to CABSA on its 10-year anniversary. Thank you for the great work you do in bringing together Christians in the fight against AIDS! May your work be blessed and go from strength to strength. The need is there!

Johan Bouwer; CCoH Facilitator, HIV/AIDS STD TB Wellness Educator, Employee Wellness Offices

I have been very privileged to be part of CABSA.  I have now also reached one of my goals and that is to be fulltime involved with HIV/AIDS in the City of Cape Town.  Congratulations on your 10 years! Wow God is good. Blessings to all. Here is looking at the next 10 years!

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Na 10 jaar ken CABSA Genade. 14/6/2011

Verslag or CABSA se feesvieringe op bl 3 van die Kerbode, gedateer 17 Julie 2011.


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CABSA Anniversary Short Story Competition

As part of the CABSA 10th birthday celebrations, two short story competitions with HIV as theme were held. This was done together with publishing partners “Lig” and “Southern Anglican”.

The English competition was won by Brigid Lawrence and Rhoda Kawinga.

In the previously published section, the winner was Brigid Lawrence is a 76 year old mother, grandmother and lay preacher from Fish Hoek. Her story was titled “A Journey Towards Hope”. She says: “I’m sadly aware of the terrible misunderstandings and prejudice that still remain against HIV/AIDS, but also so thankful for the incredible love and generosity shown by many. My char, Nopele, helped me with suitable names, and checked the story for authenticity! I‘d been solely dependent on the internet and an atlas!”

In the novice section the winning story was “Alive Again”, written by Rhoda Kawinga . She is a filmmaker, director and previously unpublished author, who was born in Zambia and now lives in Hout Bay, Cape Town.

Her motivation for entering the competition is “to highlight how the devastation of HIV Aids does not discriminate, hence the only way to beat the disease is to work together regardless of our field of expertise.”

The winning entry in the Afrikaans competition was “Om sag te dra” by Melodie Slabbert.

Net een weninskrywing is in die Afrikaanse kompetisie gekies "Om sag te dra", deur Melodie Slabbert.

Sy skryf soos volg oor haarself: Ek is ‘n professor in Geneeskundige reg aan die Universiteit van Suid-Afrika. Ek doseer onder andere ‘n meestersprogram en ‘n nagraadse diploma in die regsaspekte rondom MIV en VIGS. Die stigmatisering van persone met MIV/VIGS is ‘n kwessie wat ingrypend inbreuk maak op die fundamentele regte van persone wat leef met MIV en VIGS. Die swaar las van stigmatisering is ‘n aspek wat my in regsnavorsing oor MIV en VIGS besonder opgeval het en my aangespoor het om dit as vertrekpunt te gebruik vir my deelname aan die kompetisie. Ek is ook ‘n advokaat van die Hooggeregshof en sedert 1994 verbonde aan die Universiteit van Suid-Afrika. Ek is ook die voorsitter van die navorsingsetiekkomitee van Unisa.

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Celebrate Life 2010

 On 8 and 9 May 2010 CABSA and FCC will once again be

Celebrating Life in a World with HIV.

The weekend will be filled with art and NGO exhibitions, knowledge-sharing and networking, worship and music and of course a moment for reflection and gratitude during CABSA's AGM.

All events will take place on the premises of Fontainbleau Community Church (were the CARIS office is situated), on the corner Rabie road and Fourth Avenue, Fontainbleau, Randburg.

A Registration form can be downloaded below. (One form for all the events of the weekend). Although this event is free, it would help us to plan if we have an idea of the number of participants at the different events planned for the weekend.

Programme and Activities:

Saturday 8 May 2010

NGO Exhibitions.

Christian organisations responding to HIV in prevention, treatment care and support will have the opportunity to highlighting their work and make their products available. Interested organisations can contact Lyn for more information

Book exhibition space on the attached form below.

Networking Breakfast

Those involved and interested in the HIV field will have an opportunity to meet with others responding to or wanting to respond to HIV and find opportunities to co-operate or learn from each other.

HIV Competent Faith Communities Conference

Key speakers will highlight various factors around the theme “HIV Competent Faith Communities.”

This is a draft Programme as on the 19th of April, and it is subject to change. We will update information as it is finalised


Welcome and Intro – Lyn van Rooyen, CABSA

Prayer and Candle Lighting, Rev Johan Pieters, FCC

08h30 – 09h30

Networking Breakfast and Exhibitions

09h30 – 10h10

“Compelled by Compassion!” George Snyman of Hands@Work in Africa on the Biblical mandate to respond to HIV.

10h10 – 10h50

The reality of HIV in Southern Africa, with particular focus on the socio-cultural drivers of the epidemic. Prof Geoff Setswe, Monash University

10h50 – 11h00


11h00 – 11h40

Faith Leaders Responding to HIV – The INERELA+ Experience. Carolyne A. Opinde, INERELA+

11h40 – 12h20

The challenges and joys of mobilising faith communities to respond to HIV. Anna Kaura, MCDC

12h20 – 13h00

Governance and Accountability. Ms Siziwe Ngcwabe, IThuba-Lethu Management Services

13h00 - 14h00

Lunch and Exhibitions

14h00 – 14h40

The Challenge - Resource Mobilization in Tough Times. AIDS Consortium

14h40 - 15h20 


Using volunteers in the fight against HIV and AIDS. Dr Arnau van Wyngaardt from Shiselweni Home Based Care

15h20 – 15h30

Thank you and closing

 HIV Testing

There will be an opportunity to test for the HIV antibodies for the first time or to re-test

Art Competition: - Celebrating life in a World with HIV

Artist are asked to convey their impression of the theme: Celebrating life in a world with HIV

Art will be evaluated in a unique way – not by specialists, but by all participants in the activities of the weekend, and not according to the artistic merit, but on the impact it has on viewers. All who participate in the weekend in some way will have the opportunity to identify items that touch them particularly - artwork selected by most participants will receive a five hundred rand gift voucher. Art work will be evaluated in two categories – adults and high school learners

Download more info and application form below


Light lunch and snacks will be for sale and tea and coffee will be available throughout the day.

Sunday 9 May 2010

NGO Exhibitions.

Christian organisations responding to HIV in prevention, treatment care and support will have the opportunity to highlighting their work and make their products available

Worship Service

All participants in the weekend and individuals interested in HIV work or CABSA are invited to join Fontainebleau for a Special Worship Service focussing on HIV. Pastor Annie Kaseketi Mwaba from Zambia will be the preacher at both the 08:00 and 09:30 services.

CABSA Annual General Meeting

CABSA management and board will present the annual report for 2009 and report on the activities of the organisation

Networking Tea

Those involved and interested in the HIV field will have an opportunity to meet with others responding to or wanting to respond to HIV and find opportunities to co-operate or learn from each other.

For more information, contact:

Lyn van Rooyen at management@cabsa.org.za or Tel 011 796 6830 


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Celebrate Life 2010 and CABSA AGM- Presentations


Celebrate Life Conference 2010 - 8 May

Some of the knowledgeable and passionare presenters at the Celebrate Life Conference were able to share their presentations with us. You can download these presentations below.  Please use correct referencefor the speakers amd/or their organisations if you quote their material!:

- Socio-cultural drivers of the HIV/AIDS epidemic in sub-Saharan Africa - Prof Geoff Setswe, Monash University
- Faith Leaders Responding to HIV and AIDS. The INERELA+ Experience - Carolyne A. Opinde
- The challenges and joys of mobilising faith communities to respond to HIV. Anna Kaura, MCDC (PowerPoint and Word Document)
- Governance in Non-Profit Organisations. Ms Siziwe Ngcwabe, IThuba-Lethu Management Services
- The Challenge - Resource Mobilization in Tough Times. Asnath Shai AIDS Consortium
- Using volunteers in the fight against HIV and AIDS. Dr Arnau van Wyngaardt from Shiselweni Home Based Care


After the inspiring message of Pastor Annie Kaseketi during the worship service, the director of CABSA, Rev Nelis du Toit presented the highlights of the year in a brief report.  The annual report and financial statements were approved by those present.  Rev du Toit's PowerPoint presentation is available below.

The annual report of this and previous years can be downloaded here.  

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Celebrating Life Press Release

A First for South Africa?


Visitors to the Fontainebleau Community Church (FCC) this morning stopped dead in their tracks, thinking their imagination has run amok, because on the unassuming brick facade of the church building was the largest red HIV ribbon they have ever seen.

But no, it is not their imagination. The ribbon is still there, draped around the 21 m steeple and will in fact be there for the next few weeks. The church will be the venue for the annual general meeting of the Christian Aids Bureau of South Africa (CABSA) during the weekend of 8 and 9 May, which will include a wide variety of events open to the public, ranging from art and book exhibitions to networking opportunities for workers in die HIV field and a conference with prominent speakers on various aspects of the pandemic.
For now, however, it is the giant ribbon everybody is talking about: no less than 50 m of material, 1.5 m wide, was used for the ribbon, which was installed by co-workers of CABSA during a nerve racking operation.
The red ribbon has become symbolic of the HIV and AIDS pandemic and of identifying with those living with the disease, says Lyn van Rooyen, a member of the congregation and programme manager of CARIS, a CABSA information programme.
“With this giant ribbon, CABSA and FCC want to say that is a safe and sacred space for HIV positive people, that HIV and AIDS is our reality and that we identify with this reality,” she says.
The theme of the conference is ‘Celebrating Life in a World with HIV’. The weekend’s activities will start at 08:30 on Saturday 8 May with a networking breakfast. The conference, from 09:30 to 15:30, will, among others, be addressed by George Snyman of Hands@work   on the Biblical mandate to respond to HIV, and Dr Arnau van Wyngaardt from Shiselweni Home Based Care, who will share his experiences of dealing with HIV in resource constrained settings.
The various NGO exhibitions could be viewed throughout the day and artists of all ages are invited to submit their impressions of what it means to celebrating life in a world with HIV.
The process and logistical challenges...

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Speakers and Exhibitors Information

We will add more information as we receive it

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Exhibitor: AMCARE

Read about their work on their website

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Exhibitor: Abraham Kriel Child Care - Community Service

Caring for 600 orphans in Soweto and Westbury.

Ms Chrissie Coetzee; cc@abrahamkriel.org

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Exhibitor: CARIS

Learn more about our work.  You can also buy resources, HIV ribbons and pins, or registoer for our electronic newsletter.

A selection of free HIV resources will also be available.

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Exhibitor: Christian Literature Fund

Read more about the resources provided on their website

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Exhibitor: Jewels of Hope

Jewels of Hope aims to mobilise and equip local people to care for and disciple orphans in their community.

Jewels of Hope provides tools to families, churches and organizations (our partners) to provide a means for personal growth and income generation for child-headed households and vulnerable children.

While care and development of the children remains with our partners, Jewels of Hope serves by:
·         Designing marketable jewelry
·         Finding and buying raw materials and preparingbead kits
·         Managing skills for the production process
·         Opening access to markets
·         Facilitating training of adult leaders in our partner organizations
·         Providing discipleship materials

More on their website.

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Exhibitor: Mukhanyo Community Development Centre

Providing holistic care for 20 000 orphans and vulnerable children and their households through day care centres, home based care, foster homes, and a palliative care centre

Read More on their website.

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Exhibitor: Philimpilo Community Care

Psychological, Spiritual and Social care

Ms Julie Peters, Director; julie@philimpilo.co.za


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Exhibitors: Life Link Distributors cc

Food Manufacturers for the poor

Food Supplements specifically for HIV/AIDS

Contact Gerrit and Ria van Schalkwyk

Tel 083 388 8259 or 0792969527 or 012 991 8223

E-Mail: lifelink@workmail.co.za

Will be exhibiting their products at Celebrate Life

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Preacher: Annie Kaseketi Mwaba

Annie Kaseketi Mwaba works with World Vision International as Trainer and Mentor for the Church Partnership on Gender and Development Project. She was trained as a Channels of Hope facilitator in 2005 and has served on various Channels of Hope training teams.

Before joining World Vision, she served as an ordained Minister with Apostolic Church in Zambia.

She  is a strong advocate for Church Partnerships on HIV and AIDS. She is now a member of the United Church of Zambia and fellowships at St Andrews Congregation in Lusaka.

She is married with one son.

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Speaker: Anna Kaura - MCDC

A teacher by profession, called into the ministry of caring for the suffering in 2004,after 15 years of teaching. I joined MCDC full time in 2006.I worked for Mukhanyo Theological college in 2005, the institution which gave birth to MCDC, as a Registrar. I am now overseeing the OVC programs for MCDC. I am a Facilitattor for CCoH program, trained by CABSA. I conduct trainings in my community for Pastors and church Leaders on HIV/AIDS, the Christian response; in an effort to be a channel of hope outside MCDC.I also had a priviledge to facilitate workshops for CABSA in and outside south Africa.


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Speaker: Arnau van Wyngaard. Shiselweni Reformed Church Home-Based Care

Dr Arnau van Wyngaard has been serving for the past twenty five years as pastor of the Swaziland Reformed Church (Shiwelweni Congregation) and for 20 years as General Secretary of the Swaziland Reformed Church.

In 2006 he became Project Manager and CEO of Shiselweni Reformed Church Home-Based Care. He  initiated the training of the first group of 32 home-based caregivers in an area in Swaziland, known as Dwaleni.

By the end of 2009, 770 caregivers in 24 different communities were involved in this project.  Together they are caring for almost 2500 clients, most of whom would not have received much care.

In 2008  they received the Courageous Leadership Award, co-sponsored by World Vision and the Willow Creek Association for outstanding work done in the field of HIV and AIDS


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Speaker: George Snyman - Hands at Work in Africa

GeorgeGeorge Snyman is founder and CEO of Hands at Work in Africa. He lives near White River, South Africa with his wife, Carolyn, and the youngest two of his four children. In 1994 the Snyman family left their sub-urban lifestyle in search for a meaningful life. Carolyn studied nursing while George did theology and development.

During their studies George took time off and walked through six countries in Southern Africa where God showed Him his call… to care for the widows, orphans and dying. George and Carolyn spent years in the field learning how to care for these vulnerable people; and while doing this they discovered God’s call and passion for His Church.

George is passionate in challenging and supporting the African Church to care for the widows, orphans and dying in their communities. He travels to Europe, North America and Australia speaking to Churches to support the African Church in this endeavor.  

Hands at Work in Africa has a vision to reach a 100 000 Orphans and vulnerably children by 2010. Currently they work in eight countries in Sub-Sahara Africa and care for more than 20 000 orphans.  
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Speaker: Prof Geoffrey Setswe

Geoffrey Setswe is a Professor and Head of the School of Health Sciences at Monash University South Africa. He was Research Director in the Social and Behavioural Aspects of HIV/AIDS (BSAHA) Unit at the Human Sciences Research Council and served as acting Director and Regional Director for Social Aspects of HIV/AIDS Research Alliance (SAHARA) in Southern Africa. He was the founding Director of the AIDS Research Institute at Wits University where he coordinated HIV/AIDS research between 2003-2005.

He has previously worked at MEDUNSA as lecturer, senior lecturer and professor of public health over an 11 year period. During this period, he was also manager of the Secure the Future HIV/AIDS Fellowship programme and he coordinated the university-wide HIV/AIDS Action programme. His initial 12 years of working life was in the occupational health services of the Impala Platinum Mines in Rustenburg where he worked as Occupational Nurse, Night Shift Supervisor and Tutor in the Nursing College

Prof Setswe graduated with a Doctor of Public Health (DrPH) and an Honours B.Cur degree with the University of Limpopo, a Masters of Public Health (MPH) with Temple University in Philadelphia, where he was a Fulbright Scholar, a BA Cur degree with UNISA and has six other Diplomas in nursing and health management.

His community work involves responsibilities as deputy Chairman of the Board of the AIDS Consortium. His involvement with the SA National AIDS Council (SANAC) involves being the Co-Convenor of the Research, Monitoring and Evaluation (RME) Technical Task Team (TTT).  

He has co-authored two books, several publications; presented more than 50 conference papers; supervised or co-supervised over 30 completed Masters research projects.


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Speaker: Siziwe Ngcwabe IThuba-Lethu Management Services

Siziwe Ngcwabeis a qualified social worker. She is registered with SACSSP(South African Council for Social Services Professions )and SAASWIPP(South African Association of Social Workers In Private Practice), SAICHM (South African Institute for Health Care Manager) specialist member and has 14 years extensive experience and knowledge in individual counselling and working with families, community development, HIV/AIDS interventions, project management and training. As a professional social worker she worked with, and volunteered for a number of community based organisations, and held managerial positions. Through her vast experience, skills and knowledge she has developed an Orphan and Vulnerable Children (OVC) programme for Heartbeat centre for community development and an Organisational Development programme for Foundation for Professional Development (Compass Project).

 In 2009 she started a company named IThuba-Lethu Management Services that aims to be the preferred service provider in delivering excellent Psycho-social services including individual and/or family counselling through private practice and employee wellness services; training; and capacity development activities in S.A
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Special General Meeting - CABSA's New Constitution. 26/01/10

The new CABSA constitution was approved at a Special General Meeting held in Wellington this morning.

With this meeting a long process of consultation was brought to a close.  You can read the constitution below


Dr Andrie Kilian(chairperson) signs the new constitution, while Dr Sam Pick looks on.

Why change the constitution?

The changes to the constitution were initially motivated by a need for a more focussed and specialised board. 

In the past a large part of the Board was comprised of representatives from organisatons with formal agreements with the organisation.  The new constitution allows for a smaller and more streamlined board.  We have also been able to refine the constitution because of our experience since 2001.  The relationship with the Huguenot college changed recently, requiring further changes.  The organisation's "Guiding Principles" have also been included in the constitution.  CABSA believes that this shows greater transparancy about how we as a Christian organisation would like to act and interact in all our activities and relationships.

The new constitution also makes provision for a new "relationship" between CABSA and individuals and organisations who share CABSA's vision.  Inidviduals and organisations can now become formal "Friends of CABSA".  Contact Lyn if you would like more information about becoming a friend of CABSA.

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The 2009 CABSA AGM was held on Saturday morning 9 May 2009 at the DRC Helderberg in Somerset West.

It was again a time for the CABSA 'family' to share and communicate. 

The morning started with a meeting of the CABSA staff and the Western Cape facilitators who were able to attend.  It was wonderful to see old friends and meet new ones. 

The formal AGM consisted of a Power Point Presentation (available below) highlighting a few key points from the Annual Report.  (The electronic version of this and previous Annual Reports are available online. If you would like a higher resolution version, please send me an e-mail).  The report was accepted by the meeting. 

The new constitution of was proposed and accepted.  The main changes to the constitution comprise a smaller board and the creation of "Friends of CABSA".  Individuals and organisation who share our vision will be able to apply to become "CABSA Friends". 

Our passionate spokesperson, Zane Meas, shared his vision for restored, Christian, fatherhood.  He emphasised how important the role of the father is in forming a healthy self image in children, especially girls.  This would assist children to make healthy and positive choices, including choices about their sexuality.

CABSA and CARIS had tables available with resources and materials for sale.  This was however not limited to our organisation.  We also had tables and presentations from organisations in the area, including our hosts, Helderberg DRC and Cotlands, Connect Network and CLF. 

A Friendly CABSA welcome from Meloney, Lucinda and Jerry

Did you attend the AGM?  What were the highlights?  Would you have liked something different?  Let us know!  Send me an email and I will share your views. 

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Celebrate Life - AGM. 04/08

Celebrate Life

 19-20 April 2008


 Christian Organisations “Celebrate Life” in a World with HIV

24 April 2004

Randburg: “Celebrate Life” seems to be a strange theme for a weekend focussing on HIV related ministry.  CABSA and Fontainebleau Community Church organised this weekend to show, amongst other things, that HIV is not a situation without hope.

CABSA (The Christian AIDS Bureau for Southern Africa) believes that churches and faith communities kan be caring communities, ministering reconciliation and hope to people and communities touched by HIV and AIDS.

The weekend was a network opportunity for Christian service organisations involved in HIV to do exhibitions and presentations of their work.  Products made by people  affected by the pandemic was sold and there was the opportunity to be tested for HIV.  Business and church leaders came together for a breakfast where they had the opportunity to explore the possibilities of partnerships to address the challenges of HIV. 

Fontainebleau Community Church’s services on Sunday morning focussed on the role Christians can play in addressing denial at all levels of society.  Services were led by the Rev. Father Jape Heath, and Anglican priest and board member of INERELA+ (the International Network of Religious Leaders Living with or Personally affected by HIV and AIDS.  

The well known actor, Zane Meas (Neville in Sewende Laan) was formally introduced as CABSA patron during the AGM.

Exhibitors and congregation members were very positive about the weekend.  Ian Rushton, of Jewels of Hope, said that the event was a growth opportunity for their ministry.

Opportunities such as this is an essential part of the work CABSA does.  CABSA also focuses on sensitising faith communities about the virus, mobilising churches through workshops and training of facilitators and ensuring access to reliable information.

Page through the photo album of the event below or watch the video made about CABSA on You Tube 

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The CABSA Annual General Meeting was held on the 31st of May 2007 in Wellington. 

Ian and Anita Rushton shared the inspiring testimony of how God used then as CABSA facilitators to establish Jewels of Hope.  

Seen at the meeting was Anita and Ian, together with Christo Greyling, CABSA board member, Lyn van Rooyen.






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CABSA Dreams Realised 2006

 CABSA realised two of its longheld dreams in February.


The first occasion was an opportunity to talk with and listen to young people. On the weekend of 17 – 19 February a group of 23 “church-youngsters” where invited to a camp in Strand, near Cape Town. They had the opportunity to talk openly about HIV and sexuality. For CABSA this was a very valuable learning experience. The youngsters were unanimous that they want relevant information from the church and their parents, rather than from the media and other sources.

Some pictures from this occasion:

On the left you can see the happy faces that shared their thoughts at the camp

At times the discussions became quite serious!

There was also opportunities for physical activity!



Refresher Meeting

Bringing together trained facilitators of the Churches Channels of Hope programme for two days was a first for CABSA. 25 facilitators from the Western Cape and even as far as George and Komaggas gathered for a Refresher Meeting on 21 and 22 February 2006. For many it was a wonderful opportunity to meet friends they have made during a Training course. Facilitators had the opportunity to share their successes and frustrations in implementing what they have learned from CABSA. Updated materials were provided and new developments in the Churches Channels of Hope programme were explained. The facilitators asked CABSA to follow this meeting up with future refresher meetings.

CABSA is working hard to establish a mentoring programme for all trained facilitators, to ensure that the full benefit of the programme is realised.


Participants sharing a moment of recommitment


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Prayer for CABSA - AGM 2006

Dear Lord

We come to you as Father, Son and Holy Spirit

Father, God, 

We believe that you are the creator and Sustainer of life.
We believe this for the lives of each of us, but also for the life of this organisation.
Thank you, Lord, for what CABSA  has achieved - particularly in the last year. 
We know that nothing would have been possible without your grace and power.
We admit our dependence on You in the year ahead.
We pray for the resources we require -
for the energy and enthusiasm of all involved in the work of CABSA,
for endurance and innovation in our thoughts,
for the financial and infrastructure needs to realise our dreams. 
For each part of our work, we pray for your provision

Lord Jesus, we pray to you as the source of our hope. 

We pray that we may be effective messengers of your hope in a world darkened by pain. 
We pray particularly for those close to us that are facing personal and health challenges, 
the pain and uncertainty of a recent diagnosis,
the challenges of medication side effects,
the questions about the future.
Lord we pray for your healing presence in their and in our lives
and we pray that we may be your presence in a broken world and in a broken church.
Jesus, remind us also that you are a God of justice.
As the messengers of your justice, remind us of our role in challenging injustice, inequalities, discrimination and stigma.

 Holy Spirit, comforter and presence in our life,

We pray for your wisdom and presence in our lives and in this organisation.
We pray for your wisdom when dealing with the challenges we face in a world influenced by HIV
We pray for insight and compassion in our responses, so that we can truly care for each other.
We pray for your abundant blessings on CABSA and on each one at this meeting.
We offer you our service

Use us, Lord, Teach us to truly be the church today so that we may honour the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit




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CABSA was at...(activities we attended)

CABSA and CARIS are involved with a wide variety of networking, advocacy and information sharing events and activities.  Here we will highlight some of the "external" activities we were involved in.  You can also read about CABSA's own 'events' and training.




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CABSA was @ HIV Youth Workshop in Soweto. 29/11/2017

On the 29 November 2017,  Lerato and Nonceba held a workshop for young people between the ages of 16 to 20 years of age. All of the invited youth attended and that indicated interest on their side. Most of these young people reside in Moroka North, Soweto.

Nonceba was the facilitator for the day.

The facilitator focused on:

  • Changing attitudes towards HIV and people living with HIV
  • Information on HIV
  • Importance of HIV Testing and VCT

The group had a lot of discussions on these topics and the big issue that was highlighted was Stigma,  Fears of HIV Testing and Bad Treatment from health centres. We also discussed different approaches on encouraging young people to go and visit health centres to familiarize themselves with the process before making a decision to test.

This group are very much interested in continuing to meet and learn more about HIV and Leadership skills. We also looked at the prospect of starting a Peer Educator group that could visit schools especially primary schools and give support to children infected and affected by HIV.

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CABSA was @Ecumenical Strategic Forum on Diakonia and Sustainable Development. 3-6 Octobr 2017

Lyn was invited to attend An Ecumenical Strategic Forum on Diakonia and Sustainable Development convened by the World Council of Churches in Geneva. The WCC reported as follows from this event:

Forum strengthens ecumenical commitment to diakonia

Forum strengthens ecumenical commitment to diakonia

Photo: Ivars Kupcis/WCC

12 October 2017

Ecumenical diakonia means complementing each other in what we do best: serving our communities, thus bringing visible church unity to the world, agreed participants at an Ecumenical Strategic Forum on Diakonia and Sustainable Development convened by the World Council of Churches (WCC) last week.

More than 100 representatives from churches, church agencies and specialized ministries across the globe met in the Ecumenical Centre in Geneva from 3-6 October to seek a common vision for the churches’ engagement in diakonia and sustainable development and strengthen their ability to collaborate.

Sharing the existing practices of ecumenical diakonia, Samer Laham, member of the Middle East Council of Churches and a regional director of Ecumenical Relief Services, noted that bond of cooperation between churches is the expression of church unity. “It can be seen today in many diaconal activities on the ground in countries that have been living under volatile conflicts like Syria and Iraq”, he acknowledged.

Caring for refugees from Syria has been a priority of the Armenia Inter-church Round Table Foundation as well, said foundation director Dr Karen Nazaryan. “Since 2014 we are consistently helping refugees from Syria to find a safe place in Armenia, supporting their integration into Armenian society economically, socially and spiritually.” More than 2,000 Syrian refugees have benefited from the program, and this support is possible thanks to collaboration of Armenia Round Table Foundation with ACT Alliance and its member agencies, says Nazaryan.

Rev. Dr Kjell Nordstokke, one of the authors of the newly developed “Ecumenical Diakonia” document presented during the forum, advocated for assets-based ecumenical work - an attitude that would bring forward what each partner is already doing best along with a courageous move to be widely open to serve the other.

Lyn van Rooyen, executive director of the faith-based non-governmental organization CABSA in South Africa, shared that her organization deliberately works non-denominationally in training and equiping faith leaders to respond to the HIV challenges.

“We work from a competence or asset based perspective and realised very early on that collaboration and cooperation, also with other faith communities, is a very important asset”, says van Rooyen. “In our training we often have representatives from many different denominations and faith traditions and significant community response is often initiated when denominational barriers are broken down.”

In South Africa faith communities often start collaborating when there is a compelling need and limited resources, adds Lyn van Rooyen. “In these situations faith communities, compelled by the love of Christ, find new and creative ways to respond to seemingly overwhelming crises.”

Sustainable development goals adopted by the member states of United Nations and a global civil society provides renewed strength for the diakonia and advocacy work of churches and their ministries, thinks Ingrid Næss-Holm, climate advisor of Norwegian Church Aid.

“When we advocate for climate justice, when we work with partners to end gender-based violence and when we provide humanitarian assistance in times of crises - it is all diakonia in practice”, says Næss-Holm. Norwegian Church Aid has been addressing the issues climate justice, economic justice, access to water, sanitation and hygiene, peace building in many places of the world for a long time. “However the sustainable development goals give us a renewed strength and legitimacy to take this work forward together with existing partners and new allies”, envisions Næss-Holm.

Speaking of the outcomes of the forum, it is impossible to overlook the presented framework for further cooperation, the Ecumenical Diakonia document, acknowledged as a common ground and a solid basis for conversation, bringing churches and other actors in diakonia and humanitarian work at one table.

For Roel Aalbersberg, member of the WCC’s Commission of the Churches on International Affairs, the most important outcome of the forum was the introduction and discussion on the Ecumenical Diakonia document. “In 2014 the Malawi Consultation had called for the creation of such a policy paper that could be shared by churches and specialized ministries alike. From now on we will have a common framework for our diakonal and development work”, says Roel Aalbersberg. “It is a major step forward in our mutual relationships!”

“It was very inspiring to see the unity between WCC, ACT and LWF (Lutheran World Relief) shown by the three secretary generals and reflected in the discussions”, says Næss-Holm, reflecting on the days of the forum.

A strong and united ecumenical family that puts diakonia into action can indeed make a huge difference in addressing today's injustices and achieving the sustainable development goals. “When we add the interfaith dimension - we will be even stronger”, adds Næss-Holm.

The Ecumenical Strategic Forum gathered participants from churches, councils, communions and specialized ministries, involving national, regional and global ecumenical actors. The primary objective of the forum was to strengthen ecumenical collaboration on diakonia and development; stimulate strategies for leveraging national impact; and provide a road map for the ecumenical accompaniment of the 2030 agenda for sustainable development.

Ecumenical diakonia: sharing God’s gifts at all tables

Ecumenical diaconia: sharing God’s gifts at all tables

LWF General secretary Rev. Dr Martin Junge at one of the panel discussions during the forum on Ecumenical diakonia. Photo: Ivars Kupcis/WCC

05 October 2017

"Maybe through ecumenical diakonia, hence by jointly preparing the tables for the marginalized and hungry, the theologies will emerge among us that will allow us to eventually accept the invitation of Christ to receive and share God's gifts at one table”, said Rev. Dr Kjell Nordstokke, during the Ecumenical Strategic Forum on Diakonia and Sustainable Development. The concept of “ecumenical diakonia” has been a key element of inspiration in the discussions taking place at the headquarters of the World Council of Churches (WCC), in Geneva, Switzerland, between 3-6 October.

Nordstokke advocated for assets-based ecumenical work, an attitude that would bring forward what each partner is already doing best along with a courageous move to be widely open to serve the other.

As he presented the recently launched WCC document “Ecumenical Diakonia” to the forum, Nordstokke explained that the process of developing it was accompanied by a working group drawn from the WCC, Lutheran World Federation (LWF) and ACT Alliance.

The document conceptualizes ecumenical diakonia from two perspectives. The first links to a theological understanding of diakonia, based on reflection that seeks to understand diakonia as a dimension integral to the nature and mission of the church; and the second being more practical, describing how churches are engaged in diaconal action across confessional and geographical boundaries.

The text, which is becoming an important tool for churches worldwide to explore entry points between their diaconal work and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), “considers the specific contribution of diaconal agencies; responds to relevant political and social issues in today’s world; provides theological insight; and proposes concrete steps to strengthen the diaconal capacity of the churches in cooperation with their ecumenical partners”, reads the document.

“It is our hope that the process of distribution and reflection on the Ecumenical Diakonia document will help our member churches to have a more comprehensive understanding of how their diaconal work can be in many ways a collaboration on the SDGs”, said Prof. Dr Isabel Apawo Phiri, WCC deputy general secretary. “May the shared constructive spirit that dominates the discussions here in Geneva these days also be a sign of hope that would take our churches and partners toward the next level of ecumenical cooperation.”

General secretary of the LWF, Rev. Dr Martin Junge, commended the Ecumenical Diakonia document as it "gives a common ground for all of us and is a good basis to begin the conversation". He referred to the challenge to give this document political traction so as to address questions of structures, processes and agendas to bring different diaconal actors to one table. He acknowledged that in many cases churches and other actors in diakonia and humanitarian work "still have a huge distance between them”.

Junge also explored the common challenges that the document makes clear are still on the table. “How do we bring together the grammar of the churches with the grammar of sustainable development goals?”, inquired the LWF general secretary.

Rudelmar Bueno de Faria, general secretary of the ACT Alliance, sees the agenda of Ecumenical Diakonia as an important element to bring partners closer in the work on development. “The ecumenical movement has to explore its potential, and stop going for competition. In such a competitive world as today, we may better come together as one ecumenical movement; otherwise, we are risking being irrelevant”, he said.

“Ecumenical diakonia has to be understood in a way that we complement each other, that builds on the distinctiveness of our organizations and members”, concluded de Faria.

Photos from the Ecumenical Strategic Forum (download free of charge)

9.5 Theses by the WCC general secretary

Full address of LWF General Secretary Rev. Dr Martin Junge at the forum on Ecumenical diakonia

Responding to the world’s challenges: forum shapes strategy on diakonia

Responding to the world’s challenges: forum shapes strategy on diakonia

Photo: Ivars Kupcis/WCC

04 October 2017

An Ecumenical Strategic Forum on Diakonia and Sustainable Development was convening this week, drawing 130 thinkers from across the globe who have agreed to seek a common vision for churches and strengthen their ability to collaborate.

The forum, hosted by the World Council of Churches (WCC), is taking place 3-6 October at the Ecumenical Centre in Geneva. Its objective is to strengthen ecumenical collaboration on diakonia and development; stimulate strategies for leveraging national impact; and provide direction for the ecumenical accompaniment of the 2030 agenda for sustainable development.

World Council of Churches (WCC) Central Committee moderator Dr Agnes Abuom described the forum as a vital aspect of a journey together as it provides the opportunity to review the context and impact of various ministries. “Further the forum is also a time to reflect and plan together for the future, acknowledging our different roles and their interrelatedness,” she said. “The theme is of great importance to all of us and our institutions because it resonates with our identities and mandates as faith-based organizations and the ecumenical movement at large.”

In his presentation, WCC general secretary Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit said: “In the month of commemorating 500 years of Reformation, a modest contribution to our joint reflection and actions for a new transformation of the world towards unity, justice and peace, maybe could be expressed in 1/10 of the amount of theses that initiated the transformation called ‘Reformation’.”

Tveit said: “When we try to discern the signs of our times, we see many tendencies towards different quests for unity.”

He added: “There is a sense of being one world through new possibilities of communication and sharing information, connecting people through enormous and sometimes unlimited openness, but also making the world a globalized marketplace dominated by a few and powerful actors, some with little or no ethical or value-based standards.”

Tveit said also: “There is a new momentum for the unity of the church. The connection between a new quest for unity and a new quest for ecumenical diakonia should manifest itself in new initiatives towards more mutual accountability.”

Tveit concluded: “For the constant renewal and reformation of the churches and human societies we cannot wait for figures like Martin Luther or Martin Luther King. We all have to be, and we all can be, agents of change for unity, justice and peace.”

Prof Dr Kjell Nordstokke offered a presentation on the document “Ecumenical Diakonia,” which takes into account the longstanding experiences of diaconal practice and reflection within the ecumenical movement. The text also considers the specific contribution of specific diaconal agencies; responds to relevant political and social issues in today’s world; provides theological insight; and proposes concrete steps to strengthen the diaconal capacity of the churches in cooperation with their ecumenical partners.

Rev. Jörgen Thomsen, representing DanChurchAid, reflected that more and more people are starting to realize that faith informs world views and shapes behavior, and many are seeking cooperation with faith actors in the world.

“In this new dialogue I expect us to be courageous,” he said. “The most courageous act you can perform is to actually say ‘welcome’ to somebody you don’t know: Welcome to those who invite us to cooperate for change.”

“For us in the LWF, partnership can only be defined as accompaniment,” the LWF general secretary Rev. Martin Junge said. “In times of fragmentation and communication breakdowns our ability to work and stand together as partners in diakonia becomes a telling witness to the power of the gospel of Jesus Christ in our hearts.” Junge underlined the need to invest more in theological education and formation.

ACT Alliance general secretary Rudelmar Bueno de Faria noted that over the years churches have been major actors in development in almost all continents. “It is something that we cannot ignore, especially if we consider the social capital they can mobilize - volunteers and more,” he said. “Nobody else can do the same.”

We are now in a change of era, he added. “Conflicts are increasing everywhere, with migration and displacement reaching records. We are facing increasing populism in very corner of the planet, hatred speeches, exclusion, discrimination, xenophobia, racism, and homophobia.”

“As churches and faith communities, we cannot be silent,” he concluded. “We have to act and to speak out."

Photos from the Ecumenical Strategic Forum (download free of charge)

9.5 Theses by the WCC general secretary

Ecumenical Strategic Forum on Diakonia and Sustainable Development

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CABSA was @ WCC-EAA HIV Strategy Group Meeting. 26-28 September 2017

Lyn is a member of the World Council of Churches Ecumenical Advocacy Alliance HIV Strategy Group and International Reference Group. She attended a meeting of the WCC-EAA Strategy Group in Bossey, Switzerland from 26-28 September 2017.

You can read more about this important meeting in the WCC Press release and see pictures here and here.




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CABSA was @ Hope Restoration Church. 9/9/2017

Nonceba attended an HIV and Wellness Awareness Campaign organised by the young adults of Hope Restoration Church in Evaton. She writes:

The church is  situated in the middle of informal settlement. The clinic and the church decided to partner and bring services to the community where individuals could be tested for HIV, Diabetes and High Blood Pressure. There were different health related presentations which were conducted in the church hall.

I presented on:

  • Basic information on HIV
  • Stigma
  • Importance of knowing you’re your status
  • How to start support groups within the church

A group of young adults are planning to start support groups for young people who are affected by HIV. The youth especially expressed the importance of continued HIV and general health programs because most of the people who are ill find it difficult to go to the health centre, the program will be fully supported by the church.

The elderly people also appreciated the presentations on HIV and asked a lot of questions. One of the grannies is living with a grandchild who is living with HIV and has been struggling to support her on taking medication and encouraging her to live a positive life. “How do I encourage and help my daughter to stop drinking excessive alcohol and drink her medication?” This is one of the questions from the elderly who is stressed about her young daughter no taking care of herself.

It was a full day program which saw about 100 people from the church and the community attending the event.

It was a well organized event and fully attended by all those who were involved. It was also impressive to see the church leaders available throughout the day.

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CABSA was @ Khanya Africa Development Service's Women Seminar. 26/8/2017

Last Saturday Nonceba attended a women's seminar which was organised by Khanya Africa Development Services. The event was attended by various stakeholders including some of the organisations board members who also presented sessions. Over 55 fifty five people attended the seminar.

"I did a presentation on HIV/AIDS but addressing Stigma within the community and the church.

After the presentation there were a lot of participants who wanted to share their experiences but also to find solutions to their challenges which was very emotionally draining for the presenter.

I had a conversation with a grandmother who has 3 daughters who are living with HIV and may not have had proper support and counselling because they have found a solution in drinking and neglecting their children, now she has to care for 5 grand children.

This seminar made me realise that there is still a serious need to focus deeply on HIV especially concerning stigma, positive living and more HIV training.

Our communities still need more information on HIV and how to have a strong to move on and how to support their families who are living with HIV and affected by HIV."


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CABSA was @ Gauteng Provincial Treasury. 17/8/2017

Gauteng Province Treasury has a number of sessions focused on Women and Children and Gender Based Violence which are organised every two weeks especially now because of Women’s month. Thursdays in Black was invited to be part of the programme. There was an attendance of 60 people.

These sessions involve staff and any other invited visitors from other government departments. The sessions are meant to be a safe space where women can share their stories, here they can be motivated and also be informed about services  available to women who are experiencing abuse.

Men are also actively taking  part of these in these sessions. Most of them are against women and children abuse. Men mentioned that much more proactive stance should  to be applied in standing  Violence Against Women & Children and that begins  with structured preventative programmes   that includes men as they are found to be the majority perpetrators of Gender Based Violence.

Although most women who were present were still sceptical about sharing their stories they still stayed in the room to listen to speaker after speaker until the end of the session.

There is a big need for safe spaces for women because a lot of women have been through a lot of pain and there is still more who are going through that similar pain.

It was to see most men and women fully taking part in the campaign by visibly wearing black with their badges.

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CABSA was @ “Movement for Change” Faith Leaders Training. 27-29/6/2017

We Will Speak Out SA with the support of Amplify Change in partnership with Sonke Gender Justice opened a safe and powerful space for gender activists, survivors and church leaders to come together and grapple with questions related to the church’s responsibility in the light of the increasingly common and cruel sexual Gender Based Violence, both amongst churches and in wider society.

From the 27 to 29 June 2017, a ‘Movement for Change Faith Leaders training on sexual and gender based violence’ with faith leaders from Gauteng, supported by Amplify Change, Tear Fund and the We Will Speak Out Coalition.

Throughout the week, participants and facilitators engaged in group discussions and thematic sessions on the socio-cultural construction of gender in relation to emotions, sexuality, media, and the LGBTIQA perspective.

In particular they discussed deeper gender sensitive bible studies which were held through interactive reflections on biblical passages and their socio-cultural contexts. The training concluded with the joint development of action plans by participants to be implemented in their faith communities in the following months.

Through discussions as a participant I discovered that there is so much pain and injustice that hasn’t been dealt with, survivors shared how it was their first opportunity to actually share their painful experiences because the training environment was a safe space.

There is a serious need for safer spaces in our churches and faith communities. Churches need to be a place where women, children and survivors of Sexual and Gender Based Violence can be a part of a strong supportive community where family lives and peoples futures are important.


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CABSA was @ SAAIDS 2017. 13-15/6/2017

http://storify.com/Thursdays_Black/saaids2017-through-the-eys-of-lyn4carisLong walk to preventionLyn and Aneleh attended the 8th SA AIDS Conference in Durban from 13-15 June 2017. The theme of this conference was: "The Long Road to Prevention: Every Voice Counts".

CABSA presented two different poster presentations which can be downloaded from this page:

"Faith Leaders: Amplifying Voices that Hasten the Walk to Prevention" focuses on CABSA and the faith sector's role in the theme of the conference.

"Faith, Farms and HIV: Churches Channels of Hope Peer Educator Farm Programme" reports on the programme CABSA did in partnership with CHABAHIVA.

You can read about Lyn's experience on Storify.

The CABSA Poster Presentations


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CABSA was @ the Sizimbokodo Meeting. 14/6/2017

CABSA and We Will Speak Out South Africa, together with women from many different NGOs, faith organizations and activist groups came together yesterday to discuss actions they will take to address the pandemic proportions of violence against women and LGBTIAQ people in South Africa. This meeting was organized by a new social movement— Sizimbokodo. The movement is dedicated to smashing the patriarchy and ending violence against women and queer people. The meeting aimed to plan and strategize a national shut down, to bring the country to a standstill, in order to demand that the state and other duty bearers take urgent action to address gender violence across our country .

One of the many issues raised in the meeting which is of concern its how Faith communities and other independent organisations struggle to work together, and this is because there is lack of communication on issues such violence against women. There is a belief that the faith community is not having focus on ending violence against women because its not of concern.

This is not true because many faith organisations and churches  are active when it comes to fighting patriarchy and ending violence against women.

There is a huge need for dialogue between the faith community and other organisations like Sizimbokodo so that we can all work together as a unit. We need to make efforts in involving all involved parties and add all voices then our work will move forward successfully.


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CABSA was @ the #NotinmyName March. 26/5/2017

A number of people gathered to participate in the #NotInMyName march against gender based violence at the University of Johannesburg's Soweto Campus to Regina Mundi Church. There were more than 500 people who participated in the march. Various church leaders, organisations and Government departments were visible and making noise against Gender Based Violence.

Faith communities were also visible in their various church uniforms. I was there to represent Thursdays in Black and We Will Speak Out SA. Bishop Adams officiated the Soweto #NotInMyName march.

MEC for Community Safety: Sizakele Nkosi-Malobane and Minister Susan Shabangu were also part of the march.

The marchers chanted, 'Not in my name', with many thrusting their clenched fists towards the sky. Men were on the forefront holding banners and standing up against the brutality against women in our communities.

Organisers of the event said all women who had been attacked and killed by men would not be forgotten, and that their names would not be buried with their bodies, but remembered as the powerful women they were.

The #NotInMyName campaign could become a non-profit organisation in order to start helping all women who are marred by the violence of men in South Africa. 


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CABSA was @ the 1st SA Violence Conference. 15-17/8/2016

CABSA represented We Will Speak Out SA and other partners at the 1st South African Conference on Violence, from the 15th to the 17th August 2016 at the Birchwood Hotel and Conference Centre. In addition to materials from We Will Speak Out, materials were share from two Coalition partners: GEMA and CABSA. The Thursdays in Black Campaign was also highlighted.

The conference was exceptionally well-focused on gender based violence. There were over 400 delegates, 129 speakers, 21 poster presentations and 14 exhibitors . There were between 20 and 25 visitors at the exhibition daily. Participants had an opportunity to visit the exhibition room at tea break and after lunch, so there wasn’t much activity between sessions.

Brochures and pamphlets were shared with the participants. We had participants who completed the forms to join the coalition; one of them was a representative from the Ethekwini Mayoral office.

Participants were very interested in what Faith Based Organisations are busy with in their communities, because some of the organisations present at the conference had started to work with churches and church leaders. Participants were interested to gather information on activities on sexual violence and gender based violence and how to collaborate with faith based organisations. 

There were lots of questions asked.

This was also a good opportunity to interact with other exhibitors and hear what work they are doing.

Together with Lifeline, exhibitors agreed to wear black on Wednesday since the following day was “Thursday in Black”. It made it easier to demonstrate or encourage our visitors about Thursday in Black.

Nomsa Papale from Lifeline and I had conversations on how to reach out to faith communities and what types of programs could be proposed to churches. She found this very encouraging because a lot of people have given up on faith communities. She also appreciated hearing other people’s experiences working with faith communities. She was also impressed on hearing and reading about We Will Speak Out. For her it was not just about being there to represent LifeLine but she has a burden for her faith community. It would be a great achievement for her to see faith leaders in her community working together to combat gender based violence.

Hearing stories from different people about the work they are doing and the impact it has on their communities and churches was motivating. A Muslim lady, who is a psychologist by profession, shared the challenges she faced on starting interfaith projects in Paarl focusing on Gender Based Violence. She faced challenges in also trying to show faith leaders how the project could have an impact if they worked together. She realised that this was a process not a quick fix.

Having a conversations with Doctors Without Borders was also enlightening. Mpho shared about their work with faith communities, she said “I realised that its not an easy task to get faith leaders to work together, it doesn’t matter where you are from and what education level you have. When you want to work in a community you have to have thick skin”.

It is imperative to understand the communities we work in and be inclusive to the faith community.


This was a great opportunity for We Will Speak Out to be known and recognised.


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CABSA was @ the Methodist Church of Southern Africa Annual Conference. 24/9/2016

On the 24 September 2016 We Will Speak Out had an opportunity to exhibit at the annual Methodist Church of Southern Africa conference which was held at St Georges Hotel in Pretoria.

The conference was attended by 150 delegates. The delegation is made up of church leaders, lay and clergy, from South Africa, Lesotho, Botswana, Namibia, Mozambique and Swaziland.

We had an opportunity to interact and share information on WWSO_SA with around 80 people who were very interested in joining the coalition. 60 membership forms and Coalition Membership: Policy Document were distributed.

Even though we exhibited for only 5hrs, it was an exciting and good opportunity to interact with the leadership of the church. 

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CABSA was @ the “Truth Be Told” International Conference & Leadership Training. 14-17/9/2016

CABSA represented We Will Speak Out SA and Thursdays in Black at the “Truth be Told” Conference at Rhema Ministries from the 14 – 17 September 2016.

Various Christian leaders spoke and challenged religious patriarchy and gender based violence (GBV). There between 50 to 60 visitors at the exhibition daily, participants had an opportunity to visit the exhibition before the sessions began and during tea and lunch breaks.

Brochures and pamphlets were shared with the participants, we had resources from all three partners and most of the resources were disseminated. We had participants who completed the forms to join the WWSOSA coalition. Most participants were very much intrigued by resources on Church and GBV, these resources sparked discussions and questions.

I met Mary-Anne who shared her very painful story with me where she was forced to be indoors by her ex-husband and not work or be part of any activities in her community or church. Every time she made a “mistake” she would be locked in a cage for a few hours in another room. Her marriage has been a terrible experience for her and her young son. She took courage to file for divorce and now she is safe but still needs support and counselling for her son also.

There are a lot of local church leaders who were amazed on the amount of information on GBV and on how they can get involved.

Ps Cele from AFM told of many cases from his church that he turned a blind eye on because he didn’t have any clue of how to deal with the situation but now he will have a new approach on how to deal with GBV in his church.

This was a good platform for church leaders to learn and be exposed to Gender Based Violence.



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Aneleh, Rhodé and Lyn were @ the 7th South African AIDS conference

In June, some of CABSA’s staff exchanged the cold Johannesburg and Cape Town for comfortable Durban, in order to participate in the 7th South African AIDS conference. CABSA was involved in three activities; the ‘Faith in Action’ exhibition, a satellite session and a poster presentation.

The ‘Faith in Action’ exhibition was very popular with many visitors walking in wondering what we were representing.  Posters or pamphlets of their denomination triggered the interest of many visitors sparking their curiosity on how their churches were involved in the HIV epidemic.

Although the exhibition space had a strong Christian focus, we had some good conversations with Hindi and Muslim delegates and invited them to cooperate with us in the 2016 International AIDS conference in order to truly have a ‘inter-faith’ presence

For the satellite session we were very blessed to have some great speakers reflecting on their journey with HIV and the role religion played in this journey. Unfortunately, this session had less visitors than we hoped. Many reasons can be found for this, including the time of the session.

CABSA’s poster presentation (see attachement below) illustrated how CABSA’s Churches, Channels of Hope training assists faith-leaders to understand and break down HIV-stigma in their faith community.

In addition to all CABSA’s input into the conference, we also had some time to participate in different sessions, network and simply enjoy the conference.

It was an unique week in Durban in which we were able to equip delegates, but which also equipped our own staff.