Since I started my blog over 2 years ago I’ve been trying to find a way to make it work for good and one way I have done this is to have a charity section where I encourage moms of small kids who have outgrown their clothes and equipment to donate it to a charity that I sponsor in Vrygrond, Cape Town.
Another way I am now hoping to make my space on the web “help” is to keep my blog readers informed of ways in which they can help and where they can do this. I’ve started a new series called “How to Help” which I’m really excited about.
Here is my first story of inspiring women around SA who are making a difference and how you can help too!
How to Help… HIV & AIDS orphans
Members of the Wintersveldt community, located in the North West province of South Africa, under the leadership of Pastor Doris Molefe, a dedicated community worker, realised the huge need for a facility to care for the many destitute HIV / AIDS orphans in the area.
The community members made cement bricks and built a structure, which was completed with the aid of donors in 2007. The building was first used as a crèche, but soon the surrounding schools started sending learners to the centre in order to receive a meal. As Rosli Strydom, who assists with the centre behind the scenes, explains “Many of the children were so hungry that they could not focus on their schoolwork. We provide them with one meal a day.”
Since then the demand has grown substantially – in 2008 the centre catered for 45 learners per day, this has grown to 600 children per day. In addition, another 200 children are cared for at the crèche.
Rosli says that the vision for the centre is to reach out and provide love and care to HIV / AIDS orphans and other destitute children by providing them with one nutritious meal per day, assisting them with their homework in a safe environment under adult supervision, bringing some joy into their lives with music, drama and skills training. They also supply clothes, toiletries, blankets and offer opportunities for the children to engage in sport.
Rosli, who is now 83, intends to keep on helping others for as long as she is able to. As she explains “Helping these children in need motivates and inspires me.”
The centre has a variety of needs including food, clothing, blankets, funding and volunteer needs.
If you would like to help please contact Rosli Strydom
(t) 012 333 0108
(c) 072 995 3245
Look out for more inspiring stories soon and discover how you can help!