#lifechanginghealtheducation (LCHE)

The idea behind #LifeChangingHealthEducation started as part of a minor / research project of three students from the University of Applied Sciences in Utrecht/Netherlands.
These three young Dutch women were very curious about the stories behind the organization.
Health Promoters is doing very well and the participants come from far and wide to attend the workshops.
How did the many workshops influence their lives?

Snethemba Jodula: ‘Before, I was blinded. Health Promoters opened my eyes. Especially about HIV and aids. I had no idea what it could do and how to prevent it. Now I know that I also play a role in our community health.’ #lifechanginghealtheducation

Aselva Makapela: ‘I didn’t think hygiene was important before Health Promoters. I now know that I should wash my vegetables before I cook them. I also learned that I should wash my hands before I cook and before I eat. I didn’t know that I could make myself and others sick by not doing that.’ #lifechanginghealtheducation

Babalwa Tina: ‘In my culture, we barely talk about events that happen in our life and our health. Like the way we eat  and about diseases. Therefore we don’t know about many diseases. Now I know about TB, HIV and cervical cancer. I’m happy that I know so I can help myself and others around me.’ #lifechanginghealtheducation

Nikelwa Shumani:With the Health Promoters, I learned about diseases I’ve never even heard about. Like cancer. Now I know what it is, how to recognize it and where I need to go when I get sick.’ #lifechanginghealtheducation

Nonkululeko:We got taught about nutrition. I got new views on how to take care of my body. For example: not eating too much junkfood. Because of Health Promoters, I’m trying to eat healthier to maintain my weight. If I keep on eating like I do now, it will do me harm.’ #lifechanginghealtheducation

Zine Bhutsi:When an accident happens on the street, I know what to do. For example when someone is fainting. I feel like I can help my family and friends because of Health Promoters. I realize that I knew nothing about taking care of myself and others before.’ #lifechanginghealtheducation

Pamela Zonke: ‘Health Promoters helped me how to help when someone is involved in an accident. For example, a while ago someone got himself cut in the hand. I learned that I should clean it with water and put a band-aid on it, so it will not get infected. No one else knew how to help him.’  #lifechanginghealtheducation

Zizipho Nacutsha: ‘I know now how to protect myself and other people. When your house or yourself is dirty, it is easy to get disease. I have learned how to keep clean and can also tell others how to do it, so we prevent diseases from spreading through the community.’ #lifechanginghealtheducation

Nomyalelo Xiniwe: ‘This project helps me a lot with my problems at home. I can actually help my family in a good way now. For example, my son got sick. I realized that the things that I knew from tradition is not always true. With the Health promoters I know how to take care of him. ‘ #lifechanginghealtheducation

Thembaleihu Tshangane:’ I never ate much fruit or vegetables. And when I did, I didn’t know how to prepare them in a clean way. I didn’t know that it could make me sick if I didn’t eat any or didn’t prepare it well. I can prepare healthy and clean food now. ‘ #lifechanginghealtheducation

Yolanda Jara:’ I now know how important it is to keep your house clean. Before, I knew nothing about germs. I didn’t know that when someone in the house was sick, it can be easily spread and that is dangerous. It is really important to me to keep my family healthy.’ #lifechanginghealtheducation

Mntumtum Zanne Promse: ‘Ever since I came to the Health Promoters, I did things differently. For instance, I never ate breakfast. I would just leave my home without it. Now I know that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. I can help people with the information I’ve learned. One of my good friends is overweight, I advised her to go to a clinic and it turned out she has high blood pressure. I’m happy that I could help her.’ #lifechanginghealtheducation

Nolubabalo Seti: ‘I have learned how to keep the body healthy. I have learned how a virus develops in your body. I didn’t know that, now I know how to prevent that from happening. My body is very important to me. Now I know how to keep it healthy.’ #lifechanginghealtheducation

Thelela Phike: ‘The Health Promoters brought me a lot. I have gained a lot of information I didn’t know. Especially hygiene. I didn’t know that it was so important, and prevention is better than cure. I tell all my friends what I have learned so I can help them.’ #lifechanginghealtheducation

Unethi Mekeleni: ‘Later, I want to be a nurse. Thanks to the Health Promoters I learned a lot about how to treat patients when they are diabetic, have hypertension and also about hygiene. This is an important step for me to become a nurse.’ #lifechanginghealtheducation

Nomfundiso Makhosi: ‘With the Health Promoters I learned more about health. With the things I learned I know how to help people in the community and my own child. For example: I didn’t know it was important to always wash your hands to keep clean. Like before eating and after going to the bathroom.’#lifechanginghealtheducation

Alizwa  – 13 years: ” I learnt to teach other people about hygiene. Also I learnt that for your self-esteem you shouldn’t hate yourself because your body changes or because you have a period.” #lifechanginghealtheducation

Asenathi – 13 Years: ” My body changes and because of extra hair and the smell I have to wash myself, I also go and wash my pants.” #lifechanginghealtheducation

Ongezha – 13 years: “When you’re 13 you start having periods, that means you can have babies. But you should wait until you’re 21 (that is still young) or until you’ve finished education before you have babies.”  #lifechanginghealtheducation

Lokhikha – 13 years: “The Health Promoters are teaching us about issues like “body changings”, this is important so we now know how to take better care of ourself. ” #lifechanginghealtheducation

Somila  13 years: “People change when they hit puberty. Boys have lower voices and hair, and pimples start coming out. So it is important to stay clean.” #lifechanginghealtheducation

Milisa – 13 years: ” When your body changes, you can go to an adult to talk about it. When girls start their periods, they should talk about it.” #lifechanginghealtheducation

Lwando – 12 years : ” You should never go in the streets or to shops wearing your pyjamas. You should wash your clothes. Also, if somebody smells, it is important to tell them in private.” #lifechanginghealtheducation

Mbali 13 years:  “I learnt to take care of myself. You should wash yourself, clean your house. Not only for someone else but for yourself. So I wash myself every day and clean my room every day.” #lifechanginghealtheducation

Tendai, 12 years:  “Washing is very important to me because you need to take care of yourself – just for yourself.” #lifechanginghealtheducation

Phumla Jacob, 55 years: “Even though I’ve just been here for 2 weeks, I learnt already about the benefit of food. But I want follow up. I’m never too old to learn!” #lifechanginghealtheducation 

Nlcebakazi, 34 years: “I didn’t know about for instance dehydration and first aid, or how to keep the different parts of my body healthy. Health Promoters taught me well.” #lifechanginghealtheducation 

Babalwa, 21 years: “Even though I only had 3 classes yet, it helped so much in learning about sicknesses. I do cover my food and keep my house clean now. That’s how it changed me.” #lifechanginghealtheducation

Elam Sam -26 years: “I see the importance of fruit and vegetables now. I learn so much, and I want to keep on learning. I will definitely attend other courses from Health Promoters as well!”  #lifechanginghealtheducation

Xilisa Ngalimane, 23 years: “I learned to eat healthy and why that is important. If I don’t want to get sick, I need to eat good food. I can only say, Thank you so much Health Promoters.” #Lifechanginghealtheducation

Lilitha – 13: ” Thanks to the Health Promoter I now know how to look after myself. I love when the Health Promoters come to our school.” #Lifechanginghealtheducation

Nombaniso Runqa, 25 years: told us with passion about the work of Health Promoters: “I finally know what I should or shouldn’t do, what I should or shouldn’t eat and what I should or shouldn’t use. Health Promoters brings light in my life.” #Lifechanginghealtheducation

Likhona, 13 years: ” I learnt that your body changes when you grow up, and that boys get a certain attitude. Now I know what changes.”  #Lifechanginghealtheducation

Nomzamo Mabuya, 33 year: “Health Promoters brought a change in my life. I thought I knew, but I didn’t. I learnt to respect my body because my body is important.” #Lifechanginghealtheducation

Thokozile Vilakazi, 28 year: “Health Promoters helped me to see that I can now help those who can’t help themselves.”  #Lifechanginghealtheducation

Tungai 13 years: “You must bath so that you don’t smell. It is important that you don’t stick and that you always wash yourself and your clothes, so that you don’t embarrass other people.” #Lifechanginghealtheducation

Thina Nyembezi, 26 years appreciates having Health Promoters in her life: “I understand so much more about health now. I can help older people stay healthy and I can tell other people about the dangers of a wrong diet or alcohol abuse, it helps me and my community a lot.”  #Lifechanginghealtheducation

 Khanyisa – 13 years: “I learnt so much about hygiene. Many thanks to the Health Promoters for being part of our education at school.” #Lifechanginghealtheducation

Hilda Makubelo – 50 years: “When people with diarrhea go to the clinic and don’t have money, I can teach them how to make the mixture for hydration. Also I learnt it is important to have one partner so you don’t spread HIV.” #Lifechanginghealtheducation

Zikhona Maku – 35 years: “HPSA is hope. I learnt about many things – HIV, TB, diet, healthy lifestyle – and that if you go to a doctor, you should always follow up on what he says. Also HIV is a family crisis because no one talks about it. But now there is hope because of HPSA. In the community, I’m a light.” #Lifechanginghealtheducation

Zoleka Mbali – 38 years: “I can teach the community about a healthy lifestyle, and how to deal with diseases, thanks to the Health Promoters.” #Lifechanginghealtheducation

This is Shameka, she is 32 years old and lives in Kayelitsha. ”I learned about cancer, I didn’t know about it before. But today I learn a lot, because I know now that you must go to the clinic to see what is going on to you. So the Health Promoters told us everything about cervical cancer. #Lifechanginghealtheducation

This is Yandiswa, she is 32 years old. She told us how the Health Promoters changed her way of living. How she can use her knowledge to prevent illnesses and diseases in her family. How she lives healthier and she spread this knowledge with the people around her. Her knowledge, gives her self convidence.  #Lifechanginghealtheducation

This is Khalimashe, she is 27 years of age. At the moment she is
living in the biggest township of Cape Town, this township has 2.4 million inhabitants. A few weeks ago, she started to follow the workshops of the Health Promoters. Before the workshops, she knew nothing about health care. Because of the Health Education, she is able to make a difference in her family and community. ”Health Promoters benefits my whole family”. #Lifechanginghealtheducation

This is Nokuzola, 39 years old. She says: ”I learned a lot about hygiene and about how to prevent diseases. I can help my neighbours with first aid and I know how to protect my children now.”
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This is Siphokazi, 29 years old. ”I didn’t know about hygiene or a healthy lifestyle before. Health Promoters taught me things I didn’t know. I go to the gym now and eat healthy food, and I can help children to not play with dirty toys”.#Lifechanginghealtheducation

This is Pumesa, 38 years old. Health Promoters is very important to her: ”People are sick outside, so I need to help them. I feel responsible for the community and myself”. #Lifechanginghealtheducation 

This is Lobola Zikhona, 25 years old. “I received my basic health education certificate today at Health Promoters. I am so happy that I completed the workshops. Now I am equipped, I can take better care of my health and with this certificate I can maybe find a job”#Lifechanginghealtheducation

This is Bulelwa Mene, with her basic health certificate of the health Promoters she got herself a job as a home care giver.
Home care givers advise their patients on diseases that are covered in our workshops #Lifechanginghealtheducation 

Nombasa Jongwana, 39, says: “I learnt so much! I always tell people, but now I can explain why it is important to stop smoking or not drink too much alcohol. I’ve been in a tunnel, but at least now I can see the light.” #Lifechanginghealtheducation 

This is Zikhona Seti, 32: “I learnt anything from the importance of exercise to first aid. I bought a jumping rope for the kids to exercise and I always tell people to wash their hands – that is very important.” #Lifechanginghealtheducation

Victoria, 38, works for Baphumulele, an orphanage with which HPSA partners. She was accepted there because of her certificate from HPSA. She says: “Working with the kids, I know now how to take care of them, to keep them healthy.” #Lifechanginghealtheducation

Molebohelg Makaka, 34 and Vuyokazi Mqushulu, 48: Both work for Baphumulele, as chefs in the kitchen. They say: “Health Promoters has helped us a lot to cook healthy for all these kids. not only us, but all the children benefit of our knowledge.” #Lifechanginghealtheducation

Ntomboxolo Velem (42 years) : ‘With my Health Promoters Certificate I can now work at the Children’s home of Baphumelele, a dream come true’ #Lifechanginghealtheducation

Andiswa Botya – 30: ” I live in a communal hall with 50 other people. So I teach everybody how to keep the hall clean. Now we don’t have rats anymore because people clean the house.” #Lifechanginghealtheducation

Pnakama Velem – 26 years: ” I now can take much better care of my children, with my certificate in Basic Health Education which I obtained from the Health Promoters. Many thanks to the many donors who are making this possible.” #Lifechanginghealtheducation

Unathi Royin (24 years) – ‘Thanks to the Health Promoters I am now able to tell the people around me how to eat healthier. Thank you Health Promoters for being their when I needed you’ #Lifechanginghealtheducation

Nothazole Melamare – 34 years: ” I learnt how to prevent children from having diarrhoea, and if they have, how to make a mixture to hydrate them again. I learnt to recognize the signals and to teach the community the same. Thank you so much Health Promoters”#Lifechanginghealtheducation

Mombulelo Sidubulekana – 29 years: “My father is diabetic, but now I know how to take care of him. He asks me where I learnt it and I tell about Health Promoters. Even when I’m away he calls me sometimes and I can tell him what to do. I feel stronger now because I know about it.” #Lifechanginghealtheducation