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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.

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Thokomala

Thokomala is a children’s home for Aids-affected children, to the west of Durban in the valley of 1000 hills, also called Kwa Nyuswa. It was started by Doris Msomi, June Kweyama 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.

 

Registration


Thokomala is a registered organization with a Non-profit organization (NPO) registration number. This means it can raise funds, and it has an approved committee.

 

Location


Look for us at 29 41 26 10 S and 30 45 28 70 E. This is in a very high HIV prevalence area and is on a tar road with a clinic and schools nearby.

 

Start up


Thokomala was started in early 2005 with a structured approach and a clear plan, but without resources. Since then it has been able to survive and develop with the help of our sister organization in South Africa and of African Friends.

 

Start of home


Thokomala presently has 21 children under its roof. It plans to have between 24 and 36 children. Thokomala may be described as a cluster home facility. The basic building has been converted into clustered foster units, the small family units with a community living area.

 

Budget


A detailed budget is available. It costs about R1200 per child per month (about €130) to provide basic support.

 

Our involvement


Our primary aim is to help the committee of Thokomala to develop the project so that it can emerge as a fully -fledged, registered home, either as a children’s home or clustered foster homes, providing a lifeline to the local children affected by Aids and giving them the best future possible with the funds available. The target is to get them to the point of obtaining government assistance so that they can be independent and sustainable.

Our involvement is always conditional upon good governance and the maintenance of a committee that is dedicated to good governance and good practice. With our involvement we have been able to purchase the property. We plan to have some 420 m2 of buildings on completion.

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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