Vuselela sing their thanks

July 4, 2010

The men and women of Vuselela Community Centre, Diepsloot, South Africa sing their thanks for the knitted squares donated by knit-a-square to make blankets for vulnerable and orphaned children in their community. The first 2,250 squares were made and sent by students of the University of Medicine and Dentistry, New Jersey, USA.

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Universal Understanding

July 2, 2010

There is a thread over at the Square Circle Forum about quotes to live by. Immediately one of my favourtie quotes about hope sprang to mind: “The very least you can do in your life is to figure out what you hope for. And the most you can do is live inside that hope. Not [...]

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The home that Stefanie built

June 24, 2010

We arrived through streets that once were the domain of the exclusively white, professional classes during the Apartheid days, and now teemed with school children, all black, in varying degrees of school dress. At first glance they seemed just like any other carefree group of school children, but there was something mean about these streets, [...]

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67 Minutes for Mandela

June 23, 2010

July 18, 2009 was the Inaugural Mandela Day. It was celebrated by people the world over, all committed to acts of service. Mandela has lived a life of service to his community, his country and his world. He has given of himself for more than 67 years. What better way to honour his work? I [...]

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Universal Education for Every Child

June 22, 2010

We all know that an education is essential for every child but did you know it’s also their right?  According to the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, article 28, children are entitled to an education.  The Convention is the first international, legally binding document to detail human rights as they specifically apply [...]

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Introducing Dawne

June 21, 2010

Beyond our trip to South Africa in March this year, this blog was always intended to reach a wider audience about wider issues surrounding orphaned and vulnerable children in Africa and what help we can bring to make a difference. There is much to write about. The plight of the children is recognized by some [...]

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Google alerts – AIDS orphans 1

June 7, 2010

Getting google alerts for a particular keyword is a trick we were taught in one of the internet marketing seminars I attended. At the time, it was suggested that it was an essential tool to find out what your competition was up to. In this case, it is much less commerical and more to celebrate [...]

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Nothing we can do about a problem so large

May 27, 2010

Oh but there is! My challenge today. To impress on a large audience of 15 – 16 year old girls the immensity of the AIDS orphan issue in South Africa without losing them to despair. To compel them to understand, to feel compassion, to want to act. To want to do something to make a [...]

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Live your dream

May 15, 2010

We have just watched the triumphant return of the young 16 year old, Jessica Watson into Sydney Harbour, after circumnavigating the globe in her small pink yacht, alone. She has been without the touch of another human for 210 days, braving the elements of the notorious Southern Ocean. Her arrival through the Heads of Sydney [...]

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Nkosi Haven

May 6, 2010

Nkosi Haven Village, befits its name. Created in honor of its namesake, Nkosi Johnson and in memory of his mother, it is indeed a haven, a warm home for its occupants, many of whom are infected or affected by HIV/AIDS. Nkosi died in June 2001, aged 12 from an AIDS infected disease, having been infected [...]

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