Saturday, October 16, 2010

Mama Lumka Provides Support for AIDS-Affected Children in South Africa - Rough Risers Want to Help!

Twenty percent of women in South Africa are HIV+ in 2004, over 1.1 million orphans were in need of care due to AIDS and HIV+ affected  parents. An additional 250,000 children are orphaned annually. The children are homeless and who is there to take care of these children? Mama Lumka.

On October 13, Mayor Crews and his wife, Ronelle, introduced the Rough Risers to the Mama Lumka's work in South Africa. They have traveled to South Africa twice to learn about and support Mama Lumka's work in caring for children orphaned by AIDS-affected parent.  Mama Lumka's Nceduluntu project is dedicated to building homes for orphaned and vulnerable children in South Africa.

Mama Lumka's mission for supporting children is "to provide integrated, loving community-based residential and day care for HIV+ children and AIS orphans as well as for other abandoned, abused, neglected and/or disabled children from the Nomzamo and Lwandle communities. To re-create a healthy and wholesome sense of family and community standards, ensuring that the children can have a normal childhood and can maximise their potential of becoming secure, stable and economically active individuals. To empower people involved with the Centre, as well as unemployed community members, to become as self-sufficient as possible."

The Rough Risers have decided to adopt Nceduluntu as an international project.  We will donate funds throughout the year to support housing and caring for these children.

YouTube Videos. Below are 2 x 10 minute segments from SABC3 tv documentary - titled
"The Power Within - The Story of Mama Lumka and Ikayalethemba Village", aired on 11 May 2008.

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