South Africa - Orphanage

African AIDS Angels supports the orphanage called Assisi Children's Shelter in rural Annerly, Kwazulu-Natal province, South Africa. It is also known as Thembalethu, which means Our Hope. 

The orphanage is run by the Daughters of St. Francis sisters, caring for about 26 children who have been severely affected by HIV/AIDS, some abandoned by parents or caregivers who can no longer cope. The sisters feed and clothe the children, train caregivers and volunteers, offer AIDS awareness programs, and seek out foster homes for children if possible.

In addition to supporting food and medical costs, African AIDS Angels funds have paid for caregivers to take courses in childcare.

The school-age children have benefited from extra assistance with homework  supported by African AIDS Angels funds. They are proud to say that their report cards have greatly improved. The children are also involved in vegetable gardening.

In fall of 2007, AIDS Angels co-founders Vic and Lorraine Parsons spent two months at the shelter. They also visited some of the outreach programs the Sisters support in the community.  Vic and Lorraine also spent a few weeks there in 2013. About 180 children and 200 adults are assisted outside the orphanage.  African AIDS Angels also supports this work financially.

To view photos by the Parsons and other visitors, click on the first picture or the link.

South Africa - Orphanage Gallery