Do Ubuntu Orphan Bracelet Campaign
“Ubuntu speaks particularly about the fact that you can’t exist as a human being in isolation. We think of ourselves far too frequently as just individuals, separated from one another, whereas you are connected and what you do affects the whole world. When you do well, it spreads out; it is for the whole of humanity.” – Nelson Mandela
The Orphan Bracelet Campaign (OBC) helps AIDS orphans by equipping their primary caretakers – usually women – with the means to sustain themselves and improve their health. This includes training women to make bracelets to sell for an income and establishing community-based permaculture gardens. The OBC was founded by director Louise Hogarth, who was inspired by the women and children in her film “Angels in the Dust.”
Their mission is to offer employment to women and provide financial support to orphans and vulnerable children. 100% of the proceeds from orphan bracelet purchases help women and children whose lives have been severely impacted by HIV/AIDS. JJ Haven is one of OBC’s main beneficiaries.
We are very grateful for OBCs invaluable contributions to JJ Haven:
Monthly donations help Molly to plan ahead and ensure that the children have enough to eat. Donations from OBC are used to fund the weekly deliveries of fruit and vegetables. These are essential to the children’s diet, particularly as many of them suffer from TB, HIV/AIDS and a range of congenital illnesses.
Generous cheques have enabled Molly to feed and care for the children. OBC money has been used to carry out much needed maintenance, has improved the children’s diets considerably and has been used to buy school shoes, school uniforms, nappies and cleaning equipment.
OBC provided JJ Haven with legal support. The support of OBC has helped JJ Haven to become an NPO and to develop our working relationship with the Department of Social Development.
OBC made a significant financial contribution to completing a new wing. The new wing includes the living room, a kitchen, two bedrooms, a bathroom designed especially to care for the many babies taken in by Molly Bam. The bedrooms accommodate the many rows of cribs required by the orphan babies.
HuntSA / Village South Africa
Village South Africa (formally Themba for Africa)
Village-South Africa is a 501(c)3 non profit organization established in the U.S. to help bring sustainable change to the vulnerable and impoverished children of South Africa. Specifically, the organization provides community investments, food, education and medical care, along with physical, emotional and spiritual uplifting. Unique in structure, the board of directors possesses members from both the United States and South Africa to address the current needs, cultural states and long-term interests of the communities that are being served.
Board member Rufus Luttig has been involved with outreach for over 20 years. Through this and HuntSA Safari and Ministries in South Africa, there was success in bringing non-residents over to South Africa for photo and hunting safaris and introducing them the needs of the people. This effort also provides food to the children through the harvest of the game. Through this work, Village South Africa was founded to harness the power of hearts around the world to enhance good works on the ground. As visitors and hunters return to their home countries and share their stories, this creates a ripple effect of people becoming involved who are far beyond the savannahs, coastal cities and shanty towns of South Africa.Many civic organizations, churches, foundations and individuals have joined hands to help.
“The power of art … and heart”
The Nemato Foundation aims to improve the lives of vulnerable and orphaned children in the Ndlambe area. Ellen Fober, who had previously done volunteer work at JJH, was appointed as new chairperson of the Netherlands board in 2014, assisted by a local South African board. An article on Nemato’s recent work at JJ Haven appeared in the Port Alfred Talk of the Town.
Ellen fell in love with the children of JJ Haven during her first visit. After meeting Kyle, she produced this beautiful picture of him and raffled it in Kalispell in the USA to raise funds for the home.
Since her first visit, Ellen has held a number of exhibitions to raise funds for JJ Haven. In addition to other fund raising activities, Ellen paints, exhibits and sells paintings of children, the proceeds of which she donates to the Foundation.
The Nemato Foundation funds a trip to a holiday camp at Boknes twice a year. Despite only living a few kilometres from the sea, many of these children would never have been to the beach or have learned to swim, without the generous sponsorship of the Nemato foundation. These photographs were taken in 2014.
JJ Haven is very grateful for the equipment that the Nemato foundation has bought for the home, including a washing machine and a climbing frame which has been installed outside the new foster homes.