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SUMMER 2013

In the month of July/ August we will be setting up a stall at markets in Noordwijkerhout in the hope of making some money for the orphanages with the sale of bric a brac and the lovely bead work from Kwa Zulu Natal. We also have a lot of very good quality books,both hardbacks and paperbacks which have been donated. Please let us know if you have an outlet for these books.

On September 14th we will be at the very popular Vijfhuizen Braderie with our stall for African Friends. The beadwork is being sold now at very, very reasonable prices. You have a unique piece of fashion jewellry as a gift or for yourself and you are helping two groups of disadvantaged people-the orpahns and the women who make the jewellry who have been widowed by AIDS/HIV.

MAureen & Rene's Visit to Thokomala and Kwamzomo OCT 2012

The children of Kwamzomo sang beautifully for us on our visit in October 2012. Their voices are like angels!

We have recently visited both orphanages in Kwa Zulu Natal that African Friends supports and there are some small triumphs to tell. 
 
The children and their house mothers are starting to plant out a vegetable garden and were already busy setting the first seeds!(their Spring is our Autumn of course) They had also started work on a new water tank to collect the valuable water that they need for the home and the garden. One of the community rooms was full of computers (albeit old ones) but they try to make it a community learning ...project so that the children have a background of digital information also. They are so enthusiastic and want to sing for visitors and look very smart and always clean in their school uniforms. Kwamzomo has a very clear Christian background due to its founder ,a dominee,and his wife who continues to supervise after his passing. Thokomala ,in the Valley of a 1000 Hills is rather a different set up but easily recogniseable with its beautiful painted walls and roofs!  Wonderful what the house mothers do and Roger Macquet,a local businessman,is also very busy with the two boys who are older and trying to get them on a training scheme. His dream is to start a halfway house so that after 16 the orphans can be housed elsewhere and start to become independent but with supervision.

 


African Friends best wishes

WORLD AIDS DAY


December the 1st 2011
African friends would be grateful to accept your donation, however large or small, to support the children who have become victims of this terrible pandemic.

Universal Children's Day


20 November 2011
We were all children once .And we all share the desire for the well-being of our children,which has always been and will continue to be the most universally cherished aspiration of human kind.

www.un.org

African Friends is an international group of non-paid volunteers raising funds for children in South Africa who, as a result of Aids/HIV, live in wretched circumstances.

African Friends’ aim is to support small-scale projects that have evolved from initiatives of the local community and which do not as yet qualify for Government support.

How we work


We target those children who have no means of support and we help to set up homes for them.

• 100% of the donations received is spent on the projects.
• The projects become financially independent after the initial set-up period of
two to three years.
• The projects are set up and run by the local community.
• African Friends works with local volunteers. They are directly involved in
the projects as a result of the assistance they provide, in practical, advisory
and supervisory areas.
• The organisations must be officially registered as being non-profit.
• The projects include the building of Community Centers for the poorest
people in the area.
• The aim of the projects is to gain Government support benefits for the
children they provide care for.

The organisation of the projects must be carried out by and on behalf of the local community, which also bears the final responsibility for the projects.



African Friends


African Friends’ aim is to support small-scale projects that have evolved from initiatives of the local community and which do not as yet qualify for Government support.

African Friends works with local volunteers. They provide practical, advisory, coordinating and monitoring assistance, so they are directly involved in the projects. The organization of the projects must be carried out for and by local people and they also bear the final responsibility. The projects must be registered as official foundations.



Donations


Donations are mainly spent on the purchase of food, on medical expenses, clothing, schooling, furnishing, kitchen implements and toys, but also for providing vegetable gardens and sanitary facilities. They are further used for the construction of separate sleeping areas for boys and girls and for setting up units which have a capacity of no more than six children with one care person. The care person must have completed a number of local courses in such areas as trauma counseling, First Aid and hygiene.

Kwamzamo


is a home for Aids-affected children, to the south of Durban. It was started by Raymond Madondo and a local committee in response to the traditional and local leaders’ request to enable these children to be cared for within their community rather than be sent away from their areas to formal children’s homes. There are no homes in their direct areas.

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