South Africa has the highest number of people living with HIV in the world. There are many tragic stories as a result of the AIDS epidemic, often children are found abandoned on the streets because their parents were no longer able to support them.
In 2002, we visited Baphumelele Children’s Home in South Africa, a place that looks after abandoned children or orphans who have been left without anyone to love or support them as a result of AIDS. It offers a place for these children to live until they can be given a home with a family in the community.
Elton and David, along with the Foundation visited the site before the building project began. Children slept six to a bed, under a corrugated tin roof. There were very few resources to support the women caring for these children.
Three years later, we revisited the site to officially open the renovated children’s home. There we saw how much of an impact the donated money has on transforming children's lives. The children now have a bed each to sleep in, a place to call home, to understand what it is to feel loved and cared for as they grow up.
There is a crèche for the young babies and shelter for over 250 children. Children are able to go to pre-school to help further develop their lives.
A quarter of all the children who pass through it’s doors, are placed in homes in the community.