"Tapologo" is a Setswana word meaning "peace and rest", which expresses the Mission of Tapologo: To provide support to those suffering from HIV/AIDS through a faith-based and community-centered organization.

Bishop Kevin Dowling of the Catholic Diocese of Rustenburg who has been involved in various community activities in the greater Rustenburg area of the North West Province, realised that the HIV infection rate and the number of people with AIDS was reaching pandemic proportions in the region, and resources available to deal with the effects of the disease were limited if not non-existent, and not effectively coordinated. Out of this realization was born the Tapologo Programme. "Tapologo", a Setswana word indicating the theme of "peace and rest" expresses well the Mission of Tapologo which is the guiding response of this faith based community-centered HIV/Aids programme. The programme was conceptualized in 1993/4 and is managed under the auspices of the Catholic Diocese of Rustenburg and consists of the following sub-programmes:

  • Outreach and home-based care
  • Orphan and Vulnerable Children Programme
  • Anti-retroviral Program
  • In-patient Unit and Hospice