Botshabelo, founded by Marion and Con Cloete in 1990, is dedicated to improving the lives of the economically challenged, especially children who have been orphaned by or exposed to HIV/AIDS. Using the traditional African village (and its inherent ubuntu values of cooperation and joint responsibility) as a model, the community works together to break the cycle of poverty and bring hope, safety, education and sustainable growth to all residents.
My friend, Alexis, is currently finishing up her Masters in Social Work at Botshabelo. She is spending 3 months of her life working with the children, learning about the culture (and herself) and experiencing this wonderful country. Please read more about the organization and consider donating.
You can read Alexis’ blog about her time in South Africa here.