The Sweetwaters Community Projects
This project sprouted in and around the home of Zanele, an inspiring woman from Sweetwaters who felt she needed to dedicate not only her work and energy, but also her home to the children who were suffering in her community.
The Community Home
Zanele's home is now a community home, a safe haven for children in Sweetwaters who've been orphaned, abandoned or abused. Her original home soon became too small to house everyone who found their way to her door, and over the years we've helped to rebuild, extend and then refurbish the house. Today more than three dozen children think of it as their home.
The Community Centre
On the remaining land around Zanele's home there's a community centre from which outreach work in Sweetwaters is coordinated, including distributing food, clothing and medicine.
Besides being a space for pop-up dental and medical clinics, it's also used for craft projects, training events, holiday clubs and football coaching. It's a true community space.
The Respite Children's Project
School children taking medication for HIV get really sick and have to stay at home from school. The community centre runs a respite project to give them a safe place to come, so they don't have to stay home alone. They come to the centre in their uniforms where they are schooled, can sleep when they are tired and are fed. Their older siblings collect them after they finish school.