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Photo: Linda Persson

Photo: Linda Persson

Ndileka Xameni founded Siyaphambili Orphan Village in her home in 2005 because of the high rate of mortality due to HIV/AIDS.

Ndileka Xameni graduated from the University of the Western Cape and worked as a social worker at St. Luke’s Hospice before deciding to turn her own home into a village for the HIV/AIDS orphans. Ms. Xameni realized the need for HIV/AIDS orphans to be cared for. She began by taking vulnerable children into her own home and offering them love and security as well as addressing their practical needs.

The Siyaphambili Orphan Village has received funding in the past from foreign NGOs in Sweden, the USA and has, as of March 2013, become part of the Global Giving umbrella online organization.  Siyaphambili Orphan Village has also received donations from the Italian company Forward Slash, American and South African individuals, and the Food Bank in Cape Town.  To all of you mentioned, we would like to direct our gratitude and a special Thank You.

The Siyaphambili Orphan Village is the only orphanage of its kind in the Western Cape.  It has been recognized and funded as a partner fighting AIDS by PEPFAR: http://www.pepfar.gov/countries/southafrica/index.htm.  PEPFAR stands for [The United States] President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief.  And it has had ongoing support from SOFIA – the Swedish Organization for International Initiatives on an Anthroposophical basis.  See www.foreningensofia.org.

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