One value that is central to African life is that a child belongs to everyone in the community. Hence the African proverb say: It takes the whole village to raise a child. This is an affirmation of the importance of the community, especially in raising children. The important feature of community connection is extending care, support and generosity to other people outside the community. It is the responsibility of the entire community to nurture and protect the child and to ensure that children succeed in life. When children succeed in life the whole community celebrate. Therefore, ubuntu is a non-negotiable community value that imposes upon each and every individual in the community a sense of responsibility towards fellow human beings, especially children. Ubuntu is not a self-serving value, it is about a caring concern for others. When it comes to children every adult, professional and non-professional, has a non-negotiable responsibility to care for and serve children whether there are blood ties or not. We believe that by working together we would be able to harness the energies, skills and connect them with indigenous skills and resources in the community and together we would work at ensuring that the communities are safe zones for children, we would develop systems of supporting families to do their job of raising and caring for children As far as the support is concerned the funding wells are running dry. Southern African Catholic Bishop’s Conference is no longer able to get funding for AIDS Office. As we are all aware that this year was the last year of receiving funding for orphans and vulnerable children, SACBC managed to extend the funding for another one year. (Funding Starting in May 2013 ending in June 2014). Total number of orphans and vulnerable children is 690 Yakhumndeni Mentor Mother Project Summary of registered cases since 12th November 2012-30April 2013: • 272 Expectant Mothers • 109 malnourished and vulnerable young children • 2 young children died • 83 live new born infants • 1 still born infant • 1 Miscarriage Total number of registered and active clients: 381
My name is Bettina Kopfmüller, I am 22 years old and I come from Munich, Germany. Since February 2013 I stay in St. Anthonys Home in Blaawbosch/Newcastle as a Volunteer. It was always my dream to come to South Africa to do volunteering and I am so glad to get the chance for this great experience in St. Anthonys Home. I enjoy being with the kids, play, sing, or dance with them. They teach me the African way of live and I try to bring them a little bit of our german culture. We celebrated Easter like we do it in Germany and I teach them in Bellydancing and we are doing a computer course every week. It is so nice to see how much fun the kids have with everything. They all have such great characters and it is a pleasure for me being part of this great, lovely, friendly and wonderful big family. Before I came to South Africa I always thought, I come to give the kids as much as I can, but now, they give everything to me. I will go back to Germany on the 12. June 2013 and I will miss everyone so much. They are not just Kids or Colleagues, they become my second family and I can´t wait until I will come back to South Africa to visit them again. These four month were such a great experience for me, I will never forget this in my life and I am so thankful that I got the chance to live and love in South Africa.