This crowdfund will help me complete a two month humanitarian trip to a South African orphanage, through the organization EcoGo.
Through EcoGo, we will be providing essential services for an underprivileged and undereducated population.This project works across 3 different 'créches' or day-care centers run by local women and families. In total, the créches are home to over 200 children, who are in great need of additional attention and schooling. Volunteers on the project have also recently completed a brand new day care center to look after 80 children, many of whom are orphans. They built an adventure playground with swings and slides which the children thoroughly enjoy. Volunteer contribution has helped refurbish classrooms, and added bedrooms to school facilities to help bring children in who live too far away to attend school regularly.Ongoing support for the local communities is paramount to the future of its children. Part of this support comes in education for the adults as well as the children. Many of the families in the community believe the HIV/AIDS virus to be a curse, and those affected are often rejected from their own communities and families. This stigma causes those infected to do everything they can to keep their infection secret. Helping these communities to understand the HIV/AIDS virus, along with teaching preventative techniques and treatment possibilities will provide them with hope and the support they need to live their lives to the fullest.