According to UNICEF, there are currently 3.9 million orphans in South Africa. Children are the most vulnerable members of society. Without the support of parents, this orphan generation is subject to extreme stigma, exploitation, neglect, disease and a host of other circumstances unseen by any previous generation.
Within eMalahleni , the need to protect and provide for orphaned children is beyond the capacity of any single government or agency. At the moment there isn’t a single children’s home in this city that is meeting this huge need.
If children are left on their own, without the structure of family, they will often resort to raising themselves. Whether on the streets or heading a household at 12 years old, they are twice as likely to discontinue their schooling and twice as likely to contract HIV/AIDS. The statistics show a hopeless view of the future, unless there is a major shift in the mindset of society.