The Zwel Kids Club - Our project
Excited chatter, a sea of smiling faces ... the little ones are arriving home from school at midday knowing there is a hug and a meal waiting. This is Zwelkids Club, an after-school care facility – a home away from home for some 100 vulnerable children from the rural community of Zwelisha outside White River, South Africa – just a stone’s throw away from the magnificent Kruger National Park.
Why this initiative you may ask? Originally a feeding scheme, it was clear the need went far deeper than just physical nourishment. Under the guidance of Ethne Cameron, a vision of holistic care for children in Zwelisha, who are impacted by HIV and raised in child-headed households, became a reality in the form of the Zwelkids Club. Aside from the practicalities of food and clothing, the Zwelkids are exposed to reading, games and homework support, with an opportunity to play soccer or be part of a cycling club. Most importantly, there is lots of love and dedication from Collen and Gugu who run the project.
What is needed? There is some monetary aid from the local community and limited overseas assistance, but the reality is that the Club needs to be self-sustaining to make economic sense and to foster longevity. This is where you can get involved. African Avenue has committed to a policy where we donate R1 000 (+/- USD$70) for every traveller that visits Africa with African Avenue. We would like to encourage you to match our donation. With this small amount, we can all make a big difference.
We invite you to partner with us on this project, and help give your travel a meaning beyond just the journey of discovery.