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With significant financial help from the Oxford Diocese a former mission house in Taung has been transformed into a training centre for the diocese of Kimberley and Kuruman. Using local labour both sleeping and living accommodation has been provided, within what was just a shell of a building.
The original vision was for a Peer Education centre, training those delivering a teaching programme for HIV/AIDS prevention across the diocese, however the aims have now broadened to use the building in various ways, including providing a resource for the local church at Taung.
Following a meeting in Taung between representatives from both dioceses a small working group (made up of diocesan staff and local people) was set up to propose a use for the building and it has been recommended that the centre be used for:
- the HIV and AIDS Programme in the Diocese eg. training Diocesan AIDS facilitators, Peer Education skills and development skills
- that it be made available for AIDS patients and people in need of counselling which will be facilitated by trained personnel and be referred to specialised institutions
- as there is a need for Spiritual Formation and Development in the Diocese the centre will be furnished to meet this need.
- that in preparing the youth for future leadership in the Church. The Centre also be made available for Youth Development
- the local church in Taung and Fr Lesego Senturumane the new self-supporting priest at St Chads and the Church Wardens
- that the centre be soon used for the good of the local church and the wider church in the diocese
- that it will become a beacon of hope, learning and healing
- that people will be found to care for the building and co-ordinate the programme running from it
- the continued release of funding for Peer Education, and wisdom in the use of money raised from donors in the Oxford diocese