My heart hurts when I think of the more than 20 million orphans in Southern Africa. For many, it’s hard to even conceive that every 15 seconds another African child is orphaned due to AIDS. It’s likely even harder for most people to imagine what life is like for these children. I hope you will try. More so, I hope that today you will help to change the life of at least one of these children.
I’ve had the honor of visiting South Africa several times with the leaders of Orchard: Africa – a nonprofit organization restoring hope to the vulnerable by creating sustainable change in rural Africa villages. I have been so deeply touched by the children I’ve met and so impressed with the impact that Orchard: Africa is having in their lives.
“Orchard B”, Artist: Kim Leutwyler
It’s hard to describe what it was like to see children receiving their first pair of shoes and learning that they would now be able to go to school for the first time – some of them, teenagers.
I will never forget the brief time spent with a young mother dying of AIDS and a beautiful little girl who had already lost both parents and siblings from this devastating disease. Nothing could have given me a better understanding of the importance of Orchard: Africa’s HIV Prevention and Grief Intervention programs.
Orchard: Africa has learned and accomplished much during their 20 years on the ground in Southern Africa. As a result of their wisdom, dedication and the financial support from people like you and me, they have:
- touched the lives over 37,000 orphaned and vulnerable children;
- cared for more than 4,800 families; and
- made over 150,000 homed-based care visits;
- served over 6,800,000 meals.
I could go on and on. But if you would like more details about Orchard: Africa and the work the amazing impact they are having in Southern Africa, I suggest taking a look at their most recent annual report. Here is the link.
Will you join me today in making a difference in the lives of these children? Your donation to Orchard: Africa can… will make a lasting difference. Let’s do this!