Three years ago while on a mission trip to South Africa, members of Aid Africa's Children had personal witness to the plight of a group of teenage head of household orphans. These teens were raising their younger siblings either by themselves or with the help of a relative or neighbor. Devastated by the loss of their parents to HIV/AIDS, they were forced to shoulder the responsibility of securing food, shelter, clothing and guidance for their siblings with very little economic means or support.
These teens live in the poor rural community of Lethabong, where the effects of poverty are felt everyday in the struggle for survival. The challenges loom everywhere - from lack of a regular supply of water and nutritional meals, to run down houses or shanties frequently with leaking roofs, dirt floors and no electricity and with no economic means for home improvements. The clothes are sparse and even basic toiletries and sanitary products are a luxury not frequently afforded.
Imagine struggling through all of this and still trying to pursue your education in order to have a better chance to support your family as a a young adult. Through their struggles for existence, these teens shared a common bond. They came together for support and friendship, meeting weekly at a small community center in Lethabong and called themselves the " Soul Sparkles". Their courage and determination in the face of overwhelming obstacles is an inspiring story.
Aid Africa's Children Inc. is sharing their stories and inviting those whose hearts are moved by their struggles to consider becoming a sponsor for a Soul Sparkle. YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE in their lives !!
If you are interested in helping these courageous children who are caring for their families, please contact www.aidafricaschildren.org