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Orphans today, leaders tomorrow?

Posted by Rouvanne van den Berg on May 28, 2007


HIV/AIDS is going to have huge economic repercussions in South Africa, and the rest of the continent, not only in battling the disease, but also looking after those that are infected. But what about those that are left behind; the orphans and other vulnerable children, of which there are some 1 200 000 (2005) in South Africa, whose lives have been torn apart.

These children have to carry on some way or another, and while we will hear of some success stories, others will surely break your heart. So I started looking at what is being done about taking care of these children, and which organizations are involved?

A Sister & TwinsSince my wife, Lenny, moved to South Africa in 1995, her grandmother in the Netherlands would knit children’s clothing, pack it all up into a box and mail it off to us to donate to the Nazareth House, in Vredehoek. Nazareth House gives orphans some light in their lives, as most of the children that end up there haven’t that long to go, or have been abandoned. It’s received major coverage, especially when the late Lady Di high-lighted the homes cause, and having been there so many times, I can say that the Sisters there do a special job!

NoahI read recently about Noah (Nurturing Orphans of AIDS for Humanity), an organization that set up a model that focuses on empowering communities to create sustainable networks of care for their orphaned and vulnerable children.

They set up Arks, where, through community representation and volunteers, they are able to use the volunteers as the eye’s and ears of government and Noah, and actually make a difference on ground-level where it’s really needed. It sounds like a good model, with a hands-on approach, as opposed to endless meetings to discuss what the next meeting will be about…

“The future of South Africa depends on what kind of citizens our orphans of AIDS grow up to be. Today they live in our world. Tomorrow we will live in theirs” Noah


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