Kulungile (All is Well in Zulu), is a Non Profit in KwaZulu Natal South Africa that aims to provide a loving, caring and safe space for 20+ orphaned, vulnerable children and teenagers. All donations received through this campaign go directly to purchase the children a proper house.
Kulungile Project was initiated by Sister Abegail Ntleko who has selflessly worked for her community the last 50+ years, particularly in response to the AIDS pandemic, by ministering to orphaned and vulnerable children.
Sister Abegail trained as a nursing sister and has worked tirelessly to advocate for those who are overwhelmed by HIV/Aids; she has personally adopted and fostered over 30 orphans. She started a very successful orphanage in 2002 which houses about 60 - 80 children. Since then she has gone on to found another small home for vulnerable children called Kulungile. However this home is totally inadequate for the needs of her children. We hope therefore you can help us provide a new house for Sister Abe and her kids.
Sister Abe has had a tremendous impact on thousands of people and is deeply loved by her community. Abe is a living inspiration and has travelled to the USA where she was receipient of the Unsung Hero Award 2009 from His Holiness the Dalai Lama. Abegail is also recipient of Shop-Rite/ Checkers "Woman of the Year" award in South Africa.
Sister Abe is a lay Anglican minister and has a book written about her life by author Jurgen Mollers, with a preface by Archbishop Desmond Tutu. The book Empty Hands will be sent out as one of our "perks." Don't miss the opportunity to get this book! It captures beautifully the example of one of the most amazing women of our times, and it will inspire you to overcome challenges and to hold faith in the face of adversity.
For a new home we need a total of $150,000. This campaign begins with a goal of $50,000 which will give us a strong base from which to secure a plot of land for building or a down payment on a house. Any amount you donate -- from $1 upwards -- deeply touches our heart, and for this we thank you so much.
Launch of the Campaign at Dharmagiri Hermitage
We believe that by supporting this project, you will help increase awareness of how children, left abandoned in child-headed households due to AIDS, can completely turn their lives around given the right support, care and resources.
When you watch the video you will meet Zethu, Zonke, Massi, Thangeka, Lina, and Nelly talking about the impact Sister Abe has made on their lives. You will see how one person, like Sister Abe, through the power of faith, compassion, wit, and persistence, can make a huge difference.
If we can secure a proper home for Abe and her kids, it will impact their local community in a very positive way and will offer a fantastic example of what can be done to turn despair into hope, death to life, and disempowerment to courageous action. In today's world we need examples like the work of Sister Abegail Ntleko.
Our Next Step
Once we have established a proper home for Abe and her kids, Kulungile will continue to support quality education for orphaned and vulnerble children. It will also support pathways to sustainable livelihoods for young adults who have been made vulnerable due to poverty and the AIDS pandemic.
Other Ways You Can Help
Kulungile needs a proper web site, at the moment it has a blog spot; it also needs help with getting the word out, fund raisers at a local level, "pen pals" for the children, and a community of those who would like to support children left vulnerable due to AIDS.
Who Has Initiated This Fund Raiser?
Andrew Harvey is a Fellow of All Souls College, University of Oxford, and has written over 30 books. He received the Benjamin Franklin Award and Mind Body Spirit Award. Andrew is an author, religious scholar, mystic, and activist. Andrew is Founder Director of the Institute of Sacred Activism, an international organization focused on inviting concerned people to take up the challenge of our contemporary global crises by becoming inspired, effective, and practical agents of institutional and systemic change, in order to create peace and sustainability. www.andrewharvey.net
Andrew and Kittisaro enjoy Abe's new book "Empty Hands."
Kittisaro is a graduate from Princeton and a Rhodes Scholar. He spent 15 years as a Buddhist monk in the Thai Forest School of Ajahn Chah and helped found Chithurst and Devon Monasteries in the UK. He has taught meditation and Buddhist philisophy the last 30 years in Europe, Canada, the USA, UK, South Africa, and Israel. Kittisaro has worked in South Africa as a Buddhist teacher since 1994 and co-founded and fund raised for a number of HIV/Aids projects and various Outreach initiatives in KwaZulu Natal. Currently Kittisaro is resident in his home town of Chattanooga, Tennessee.
Thanissara (Mary Weinberg) originally from London, is a former Buddhist nun (Thai Forest School of Ajahn Chah) and has worked in S.Africa since 1994. She has an MA in Mindfulness Psychotherapy Practice from the Karuna Institute UK & Middlesex University UK. She has taught meditation retreats and psycho-spiritual retreats internationally the last 25 years and along with Kittisaro, co-founded a number of Outreach initiatives in rural S.Africa. She is author of a book of poetry "Garden of the Midnight Rosary" and currently lives in Chattanooga and works in the USA & South Africa.
Kittisaro & Thanissara: www.dharmagiri.org
Chihiro Wimbush for the awesome video to launch our campaign. While visiting Dharmagiri from South Africa, all the way from Oakland, Chihiro made this short video of Sister Abe and her kids. Stay connected with our campaign to see further videos of Sister Abe talking about her life and work. Here is more about Chihiro redemptiondoc.org / actioninterfaith.wordpress.com
Jurgen Mollers for the hours of recording, transcribing and writing Abe's biography Empty Hands, which Desmond Tutu calls this remarkable tale of what is means to be fully human. Jurgen also visited Abe all the way from Oakland, and sponsored Abe's visit to the USA in 2011. Here is more about Jurgen, and his company Storyzon: storyzon.com
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