What is Vhutshilo

HETTAS and Vhutshilo

Vhutshilo comes from the Venda word meaning "Life" and consists of three prevention curricula that work to keep young people healthy and free from HIV and STIs. Vhutshilo attempts to teach young people skills that will not only keep them safe, but increase their decision-making abilities, boost self-belief and give them a positive attitude towards their future.

The three Vhutshilo curricula target youth from 10-18 years old, are implemented in community settings and focus extensively on strategies for youth including sexual reproductive health, healthy relationships and prevention of gender based violence.

Click here to get a basic understanding of the programmes and how they work. Or click here to download a brochure that offers an introduction to the Vhutshilo curricula.

HETTAS is a registered Section 21 NGO and is entrusted with providing training and technical assistance to those partners wishing to use the Vhutshilo curricula.

HETTAS has developed all three of the Vhutshilo curricula and trains those partners who wish to implement it.

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Vhutshilo 1 serves 10 – 13 year olds and is facilitated by trained facilitators; Vhutshilo 2 serves 14 – 18 year olds and is facilitated by older trained facilitators. Vhutshilo 3 is meant for 14-18 year old youth living with HIV. The programmes consist of 15 to 16 sessions, each 60-75 minutes in duration, with sequential learning objectives and participatory methods specifically developed for youth delivery in after-school or drop-in centre settings.


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Health & Education Training and Technical Assistance Services

Phone: +27 11 656 2840
Fax: +27 86 651 3698
Email: info@vhutshilo.org.za
Reg. No. 2007/004871/08
NPO registration 064-955