We’re not here to change the whole world, but we are working to change things for two lively and wonderfully warm communities of orphaned and abandoned children in South Africa.
Love Is All We Need is a UK-based charity that raises funds to support orphans in Pietermaritzburg and nearby Sweetwaters in KwaZulu Natal. This part of South Africa has been harshly affected by HIV/AIDS.
The money we raise helps to provide these children with clothing, access to education, opportunities and love that they wouldn’t otherwise get.
Running on love
We’re based in Brighton & Hove and have a relatively small, but very dedicated group of supporters and volunteers. A number of us involved in the charity have personally met the children we have supported for nearly a decade. We’ve watched them grow from infants to brave and sparky children. We have no paid staff, and the charity runs on love, with every penny our regular givers donate, going towards our causes. We’d love your help.
Our story has its roots in 1997, when the rest of the world was just beginning to realise the immense effect that HIV/AIDs was having in Sub-Saharan Africa. In South African hospitals though, doctors and nurses were seeing the devastation first-hand.
Lisa Carelse, a qualified nurse, first met Gail Trollip in KwaZulu Natal in 1997. Gail was a tutor during Lisa’s midwifery training in Pietermaritzburg. Each day they delivered babies, some who had full blown AIDS, from infected mothers. At this stage antiretrovirals were not freely available in South Africa. Although many children survived, their mothers did not, and the number of orphans skyrocketed.
In 2002, Lisa came to the UK, but still kept in touch with Gail, who had at this stage just set up the Hope Centre in Pietermaritzburg. In 2005, Lisa met Marion Ancker in London. Marion was looking for people to help her support a children's project in South Africa. She was creating a Valentine's event called Love Is All We Need. This was so inspiring, it led to forming Love Is All We Need, the company, in January 2006 and then registering as a UK charity in November 2006.
Through the passion and commitment of a small group of volunteers, the charity has continued to thrive and support the projects that first inspired us.