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Churches Channels of Hope

Our flagship training and church mobilization programme is also used by partners such as World Vision and AIDSLink.

Read more about the programme and the training here.

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CARIS - Christian AIDS Resource and Information Service. (Archived)

 CARIS was a project of CABSA  until early 2018 and one of the tools through which CABSA aims to achieve its vision.  Although our functions overlap, CARIS was mostly responsible for the information provision and networking part of our mission.

This website formed an important part of the services CARIS provides, but two other services can be highlighted.
Resource Centre:
A comprehensive HIV and AIDS Resource Centre was available at the CARIS office in Randburg. (This office moved to the top floor of the same building in January 2017). Materials available include books, magazines, pamphlets, articles, videos and CD–ROMs.   The more than 11 000 items in the centre could be used by anyone. A manual and classification system was developed for HIV resource centres in faith-based settings. 
Sadly this service had to be ended in 2018. Like-minded organisations were invited to collect resources and in this way the work of other organisations could still be expanded.
Welcome!  Please come inside....
We have a selection of free materials that you can use as you require.
Make yourself at home and select what you would like to work on - we have more than 7000 items in the resource centre.  Luckily all materials are classified and form part of our online database, so it is easy to find what you require.
We also have a selection of DVDs and Videos - you can browse through these in our video corner to see if it suits your needs.
 Even a door becomes a display space for posters!
 CARIS acts as a distribution centre for a limited amount of resource materials.  

CARIS  was also responsible for updating and maintaining this website.

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Resources for the Christian HIV Response. (Archived in April 2018)

People sometimes find it strange that we speak about HIV and a Christian Response, or a Christian response to AIDS.

In the book “Development and Faith”, the authors, Katherine Marshall and Marisa van Saanen, devote a chapter to faith communities and HIV. In this chapter they say the following about “Information”:  “Teams working on HIV/AIDS at the local level are hungry for information, especially about what works and what does not. Using the diverse communication channels and networks of faith networks creatively and well is one option.”

It is part of the dream of CARIS that churches and faith communities not only become “Channels of Hope”, but also become “Channels of Knowledge and Information” about HIV and the church's response to HIV. Since 2004 CARIS has made a lot of progress in being a source of accurate and reliable information for churches responding to HIV. We have a wonderful resource centre at our offices in Randburg, we have helped organisations set up local resource centres and we have provided a comprehensive service through our webpage and electronic tools.
We know that there is a sector of the Southern African Christian Community responding to HIV that cannot access the electronic services we provide. We have looked at various ways to also provide information materials to this market.
When possible, we provide a resource pack containing a selection Christian books, CD-ROMs and DVDs focussing on HIV from a Christian perspective to a small number of these organisations. The materials include valuable resources from the Called to Care series of Strategies for Hope, World Council of Churches Ecumenical HIV Initiative in Africa, Bybel-Media and others.
Please also let us know about any organisations that would be interested in partnering with us in order to expand this service.
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Feedback from Users of Our Services

Read what others say about our programmes and services

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CARIS 5th Birthday

Thank you so much for this wonderful newsletter, and for the support you render through CARIS' resources.
Can you please send me the resource pack for HIV trainings.
The demand is huge in our area for such information.
Warm Regards,
Anna Mashilo

I want to congratulate you and your amazing team for the last five years. You did well and served the Body of Christ in a great way. Hands wishes you and all the staff a great next five years as you continue to serve in the same manner!!
George Snyman
Hands at Work in Africa

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU!! And congratulations on such an exciting first 5 years!
May God equip and guide you for the next 5!
Best wishes
Janine Ward
ttt4c Coordinator

I cannot believe that the CARIS I have seen is just 5 years old! What I saw there spoke of a work of many many years. Indeed, the Lord has used you mightily and accelerated your work and every desire. Congratulations CARIS,
There's interesting resources you have put up on the web thanks Lyn and Nonceba.
Minenhle Moyo
Christian AIDS Taskforce
Gender Project

Thanks a million.
Emma Mahlalela
Nkomazi Municipality

Thank you for this newsletter and allow to add my voice to the others and say HAPPY BIRTHDAY CABSA. It's a godly thing to count ones blessings and thank God for what He has done. I enjoyed reading your personal experience and testimony in work and learning. I guess I am following in your footsteps in many ways, so you are an encouragement that "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me"


The conference on mobilizing religious health assets sounds a great one, though I am hearing about it a bit late. Still reading the news letter, will write again later

Happy birthday and may my God bless Caris a lot, five years is not a little and i hope caris will be more for the next year. I bless caris a lot.
Dr Sylvie Kinkela

Congratulations Lyn. You are so with it for a person with no former knowledge of knowledge management and it shows in your programme!! Everything is possible with God.
>Naume Kupe
AIDSPortal Facilitator, Southern Africa

Congrats on you and CARIS for reaching 5 years,
Well done to you and your small team in keeping the goal alive and spreading the message of love and peace and communication.
All I can say is thanks for the inspiration and leadership.
May you and the CARIS / CABSA Family be blessed .
Anthony Ambrose
Advocacy Manager
World Vision

I did receive your Birthday letter. Congratulations on CABSA's 5th birthday. You have indeed come a long way, and God has blessed you personally and CABSA generally with many wonderful gifts and blessings. You are making a difference. And you try to do what you do in excellence. Have a joyful celebration and trust God to heap more blessings on your undertakings. My prayer is with you.
Shalom and stay blessed
Sr Claudia o.p.
Catholic AIDS JHB

Belated happy birth day CARIS! May the lord grow and prosper the work for his own glory.
Lloyd Khanyanga
Family Life And Aids Education Ministry(FLAEM)


I cannot but help thanking our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ for the work you and the organisation are doing in this very dark and difficult time we live in, especially with Christians and churches in highlighting the stigma attached to HIV and AIDS.

You and your team have made a profound impression on me during the conference in Durban, with the presentations and your stall which I visited daily. Your news letter is also very inspiring as well the messages I regularly receive. I forward them to all staff through the relevant channels in the Department of Labour in the Northern Cape where I work.

I am pleased to be on your mailing list and grateful to also have a small opportunity to pray and support your work. It is pleasing to read how you all started, and your sentiments about yourself, you definitely are the right person for the job you do now, also your personality, passion love and care you displayed, I must add that your presentation on the first day was excellent – when  you spoke at the end of the plenary session. I must end by stating that I am the gentleman whom you kept the two books for until the end of the conference. I use them regularly since; and quoted from them during our Aids awareness session in my Department last week. Finally, congratulations on the five year anniversary, may our Lord Jesus continue to bless you and increase your ministry through the work you do.

A.K. Pillay

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CARIS Electronic Newsletter

Warm Greetings to you in Jesus Name and I hope you're doing well. Thank you so much for updating us with relevant information that really equips us in the field of HIV and AIDS.

Ditsele Samuel. 026/04/2010
Thank you a million times for the Newsletter. I find its contents so fascinating. Am so touched by the powerful quotation you wrote on the death of the infected ones. Surely stigma has to be confronted head on.
Thank you for all the support you give to us Lyn. Extend our appriciation to all the CABSA team. You really are stars. Only God can reward you on our behalf.
Samuel Mhungu.
RCZ CBAP Programme Coordinator.

"A delayed meal is compensated by a unique taste". Although I have not gone through the "What's new" I have a feeling that the issues are what everyone needs.
Thanks for continuing to make life easier for us.
With His blessings.
Lloyd Khanyanga
Family Life And Aids Education Ministry

Thank you so much for all your assistance. You were superb and look forward to further dealings.
Farai “Kays” Kanyangarara
Freedom Unlimited (Family Impact), Zimbabwe

Thank you for the Newsletter. In fact I really thought it disappeared. I like the Newsletter because it is up-to-date and informative.

I browsed through your website. It is simply fantastic. The Prisma Capacity Building Programme is an A+!
Your website is saved under my favourite links. I have some reading and catching up to do, which will be weekly on your website.
It is very, very, very impressive.
Dr Edwin Mavunika Mapara
Author Pictures in AIDucation: African Communities Talking Sex, AIDS and Pictures

It is amazing to learn how much the Lord is using you for His glory! May He continue to bless you so that you will in turn continue to be the blessing you are to many.
Lloyd Khanyanga (Coordinator)
Family Life and Aids Education Ministry (FLAEM)

I trust the Lord that you are doing fine.
Mail to thank you for sharing helpful information with me over the period, it has been BLESSINGS.
May I say at this point that I've got so much to learn from you, you see I have special passion for disseminating timely and correct info to the Christ Body and the entire Nigeria Population as it relate to HIV.
Lyn, I will certainly drive towards acquiring more ICT skill in order for me to be well effective web wise. In fact I wish to have here in Nigeria what CABSA is to Southern Africans.
I sincerely admit to your resourcefulness and will continue to learn be inspired, be motivated more as I continue to learn.
Please keep doing the good work.
Hope for AIDS outreach, Nigeria

I am eternally grateful for your professionalism, support and efficiency.
Thank you so much again
Julie Peters
Philimpilo Community Care

I congratulate you on one of the best newsletters. Besides the latest news events, it contains valuable programmatic information
Eddie Harvey


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