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The Illovo Tree Clinic Project

The Tree Clinic was started in 1996, as a way of addressing HIV/AIDS, rights, empowerment and democracy development. The Tree Clinic is run every Friday by Bobbi Bear staff and volunteers. At the Tree Clinic, members of the surrounding rural communities receive basic health care, clothing and food donations, resources allowing, advice and education about HIV/AIDS and most importantly care and support from other members.

Children attend the Tree Clinic each week with their mothers/caregivers. Many of the children have been victims of sexual abuse and have either been infected or affected by HIV/AIDS. Staff and volunteers run an informal pre-school at the Tree Clinic each week, with art and crafts and sports/ educational games being the main activities. Bobbi Bear also uses the Tree Clinic as a way of monitoring sexual abuse and HIV/AIDS in the surrounding areas.