LOCATION: Gumare • PRIMARY WORK: HIV Counselling and Testing • ESTABLISHED: 2008
The Gumare Counselling Centre (GCC) was founded in 2003 by the Maun Counselling Centre (MCC), a regional branch of the Botswana Christian AIDS Intervention Program (BOCAIP). GCC continues to be the only non-governmental organization working with the marginalized populations of the Okavango offering voluntary counselling and testing services since the nearest centre, Tebelopele Centre, is 250km away in Maun. When the Centre first began under the guidance of Global Fund in 2004, the GCC worked across the district to offer HIV testing, counselling and education.
Since 2008, the Centre has expanded its focus to include a counselling program focusing on orphans and vulnerable children (OVC). Other services provided by the centre include post-test clubs, kids clubs on-on-one counseling and family counseling for orphans and vulnerable children. GCC also sponsored a program for Youth Voluntary Counselling and Testing which was a success.
The Gumare Counselling Centre continues to be the only NGO to provide a leadership role in the Okavango on HIV/AIDS related issues and psychosocial support. Our goal is to reach 20 villages along with many smaller settlements. We are now providing testing for about 200 clients per month, in addition to other counselling activities.
Village: Gumare, Botswana
Telephone/Fax: +267 6874235
Mail: PO Box 446, Gumare