Baphumelele is located in the township of Khayelitsha (meaning “new home”), with a community of almost a million residents.
Khayelitsha is one of the most marginalised and poverty-stricken townships in South Africa. Many residents live in self-constructed wooden or corrugated tin shacks, without access to clean water, electricity, or sanitation. Basic education and health care facilities are lacking.
Khayelitsha has one of the highest incidences of HIV/Aids infection in all of South Africa – this in a country that the United Nations Aids Foundation recognizes as having the second highest HIV/Aids rates globally (behind India). Reliable estimates suggest there are as many as 14,000 orphans in Khayelitsha, the majority as a result of the Aids pandemic.
Volunteers are needed in the following areas:
- the Children’s Home which provides a place of safety for around 110 children in need.
- the Educare Centre which cares for 300 children aged three months to five years.
- a Soup Kitchen for the community
- the Child Headed Homes project – aims to support these children
- through mentorship and direct intervention.
- the Hospice in Home project
- a Respite Care Centre providing shelter for HIV patients and patients infected with TB
- Clemens Cares for Kids, a Respite Care Centre, which caters for HIV+ children.
- Fountain of Hope, a former farm, a place for young adults to stay, whilst being educated for the challenges of life ahead of them.
What’s not included:
- Transport to and from the project
- You should be dedicated, compassionate, hard-working and love working with children
- At least 18 years of age
- You should be able to speak and understand English sufficiently to get around
- It would be beneficial if volunteers have a background in primary education, however, those with instructional skills (e.g. music, art) or leadership experience also make for attractive candidates. These volunteers will work alongside the permanent teaching staff, infusing the classroom with creative energy to encourage the development of the children.
- Volunteers play an instrumental role in assisting our staff with the daily running of the children’s home. This includes helping with household chores as well as engaging the children in various activities such as play time and homework time.