t’s hard to describe what life is like for children orphaned by AIDS in Esidumbini – a rural mission outstation of our Archdiocese at the tip of Southern Africa.
Whole families of siblings struggle along together, with the older children missing school to beg for food from equally poor neighbours. Others have been taken in by merciful ‘Gogos’ (grandmothers). One old lady has a ‘family’ of 10, with only her pitiful state pension to feed them all.
These children barely survive … hunger is a regular visitor in their mud hut homes.
But there is hope. Whenever Mission priest, Father Cyril Xaba, can scratch some money together, he buys vegetables and sometimes a little meat, and the local women cook up a stew in huge pots for the children.
Sometimes there’s just not enough to go round, and it’s heartbreaking to think of some of the children being left out. But Father Cyril’s effort is just one of several feeding programmes across our Archdiocese. And we simply don’t have the money to fund them all.
Please help by making a donation online now. Even if it’s only a little, whatever you can spare will make a big difference to hungry children.
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Thank you and may God bless you for your kindness towards innocent children.
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