It has been estimated that there could be over 20 million orphans in Africa within a few years time, as a result of the AIDS pandemic!
As in countries throughout the African continent, a smattering of simple orphanage operations dot the country-side of South Africa, in an attempt to address the needs of these innocent and needy children.
In many cases, these orphanages may have begun when a grandmother took in her own grandchildren who had become orphaned, and the grassroots initiative grew from there in a human response to a growing need. In other cases, orphanages may receive some help from the government. In almost all cases though, the help that the dear hard-working individuals who run these extended homes for children receive is far from sufficient.
So in addition to supplying nutritional needs, Namenyi Project Hope helps a number of orphanages, both local grassroots initiatives as well as government institutions, in a variety of other ways. In many cases, school fees, uniforms, and shoes are supplied for many of the orphans, enabling them to attend school.
Also in the educational arena, Namenyi Project Hope seeks to bridge the digital divide by donating and installing computers and computer software in several of the orphanages where they work.
Namenyi Project Hope delivering educational computer programs and books to supplement the children's education.
Yet another initiative was building a fully equipped basketball court at the Kulani Kahle (“Grow Well”) Children’s Home. A local company donated the asphalt and equipment for the foundation of the court, and the children watched on in amazement as their dream became a reality before their very eyes.