African AIDS Angels supports St. Nicholas Orphanage Village at the Makeni Ecumenical Centre just outside Lusaka, Zambia. The orphanage cares for about 35 children, providing health care, clothing, and school fees.

The orphanage involves the children in local fund-raising ventures such as baking, crafts making and garden sales. This gives the children an opportunity to
contribute to their own well-being and to prepare for the future. Their gardening efforts help supply the kitchen.  

Since 2008, AIDS Angels also contributes to a rural resettlement project run by the Makeni Centre which helps families, many headed by women, become self-sufficient in food production. The funds pay for seeds and rental of oxen and other labour to make food farming productive.

Contact with this group was made through a Victoria doctor whose father founded the centre as an Anglican missionary.

Click on the image directly below or the link for a photo album of St. Nicholas Orphanage and the rural agricultural projects.

Zambia Photo Gallery

The orphanage has acknowledged our contribution by putting our logo (below) on the girls' dormitory.

 Here is the background story on one family cared for by the orphanage.

"Muzuzio's two older brothers came to us when their mother, an African from Malawi, came to see us. Her parents were both dead and her husband, a police officer, had died from complications of AIDS about a year previously.

 She lived in the police housing outside Lusaka. She had no surviving brothers or sisters and because she was a foreign woman, her husband's family, who were coping with too many orphans of their own, couldn't help them. She worked every day selling vegetables in a market.

Then she started showing symptoms of AIDS herself. People would no longer buy her vegetables, afraid that they might be contaminated, so she could no longer support her family. At first she went begging from door to door from her neighbours, who used to know her in better days. A neighbour gave her a referral to us.

We accepted the two elder boys, but the mother could not bear to relinquish Muzuzio who was still a toddler. She struggled on for another year, but after two bad spells in hospital she asked us to care for him too."

The parent organization, Makeni Ecumenical Centre, has a website, and a supporter in the UK has set up a blog.