It is our belief that every South African child is entitled to grow up in a safe, healthy and nurturing environment, and that pursuing this goal will lead to uplifting the entire community. Here is some information on the difficulties the children of South Africa face:
Malnutrition - Deprived families and children's homes cannot afford enough food. The only food they can afford is predominantly corn and wheat, which lack protein, vitamins, and other nutritional requirements. This makes them more prone to illness and unable to withstand easily preventable diseases like diarrhea.
Violence and Fear - The townships of South Africa are some of the most dangerous places in the world for children to grow up. Many children are constantly afraid, especially of abusive parents or violent gangs.
Health - The biggest health problems include HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, fetal alcohol syndrome, pneumonia, and diarrhea/gastroenteritis. Most children do not get adequate healthcare and many die because of it. There are 2.5 million orphans in South Africa alone, many of whom were orphaned by the HIV/AIDS pandemic. They are left without any means to care for their younger siblings, or to create a better future for themselves, and many are HIV+ themselves.
Education - Although most children are able to attend school in South Africa, the standard of education is poor and ineffective, particularly in the townships. Most remain illiterate both in English and their native languages.
Thank you for taking the time to learn a bit more about the issues faced by the children of South Africa. Please join us as we empower local communities to tackle these issues and secure a brighter future for their children by giving in any way that you can.