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Imagine the balancing act many families go through to get their kids fed, ready for school, off to play dates, geared up for sports practice…and then multiply that by 38.
That’s the kind of schedule the staff balances on a day to day basis here at the Makaphutu Children’ Village.
The communities surrounding Makaphutu have seen their fair share of hardship. Lack of jobs and financial hardship take a toll on many, and HIV and AIDS affect nearly every family in one way or another.
With so many parents and caretakers dying young, orphan care is critical. Places like Makaphutu have stepped up to care for children. But the staff here not only want to meet their basic needs, but create an environment where children can grow up healthy, loved and spiritually developed.
Have a look at some of the happenings of the village!
- Learn more about Makaphutu and Loving South Africa.
- Think about children in your neighborhood or even your own nieces, nephews or grandchildren. How can you help support children and families who are a part of your community?
- Ever thought about welcoming children into your home who need support? Consider becoming a foster parent or becoming a safe home through an organization like Safe Families.
- Pray for the staff and children here at Makaphutu. Pray for a loving environment, adequate support for kids, and the finances to make keep this place running.
About the Author: Laura is a journalism fellow with World Next Door. She graduated from the University of Arizona, Tucson with a degree in Animal Sciences and a minor in Spanish. She is constantly learning, making friends, dancing, and trying to understand her role in alleviating the suffering of others. Laura also attracts a lot of awkward situations.