What We Need & What You Get
We are the Zulu Orphan Alliance (www.zuluorphans.org), an ALL VOLUNTEER American Nonprofit organization. We work in South Africa with children orphaned by HIV/AIDS and other children who are in danger of being orphaned. By 2015, it is estimated that 1/3rd of South African Zulu children will be orphaned. We currently help house 25-30 children at Bhekanisizwe, a small children's home in Adams Mission, South Africa. We also feed and additional 23-30 children twice daily who otherwise would not eat. Long term plans include building a larger compound that will have dormitories, a modern kitchen, composting toilets, solar energy, and a community building that will be used by local Zulu women for an income generating beading cooperative--but all of that will be very expensive--about $80,000 US. So we are starting with a smaller project that will have a huge impact on our ability to feed everyone.
Our primary goal now is to build a greenhouse and a chicken coop/goat pen to ensure that our kids have access to healthy, abundant food on a consistent basis. Food security is very important to children who have known constant hunger for the majority of their lives.
We need $4750.00 to purchase building materials, organic seeds, chickens, goats, and other supplies, as well as money to hire local Zulu workers to actually build the buildings. This will help the local economy, where unemployment is over 60%.
By helping us, you will not only receive good Karma for keeping children safe and alive, but we have some pretty cool gifts for you as well!
For donations of $25, you will receive a hand-written thank you note and a picture and short bio of one of the children you are helping.
For donations of $50, you will receive the above, plus a piece of original art drawn by a Zulu child living at our facility in South Africa.
For donations of $100, you will receive the above plus a Zulu Orphan Alliance T-shirt.
For donations of $500 or more, we will give you all of the above, plus WE WILL NAME A GOAT AFTER YOU!
- If we don't reach our entire goal, you can be assured that the entire amount we do raise will go directly to feeding the children. Since we are an all volunteer organization, no money goes to salaries, offices, or anything not directly related to helping these kids.
How often can you say that you actually made a difference in a child's life? By helping us you are literally saving lives. People ask us all the time why we work with kids in a foreign land when there is so much need here in the US--we tell them we work in South Africa because, unlike here in America, there are no social safety nets--no welfare, food stamps, or homeless shelters. Without intervention, these children very likely might die. We just can't let that happen. And with your help, we won't.
Other Ways You Can Help
If you can't help us financially, please help us by spreading the word. Use Facebook, Twitter, word-of-mouth--to help us expose folks to what we do and who we are helping. Please share our website: www.zuluorphans.org.
Tammy Hanks, Ph.D.