Weʼre raising £17,000 to support a team of 7 childhood friends and 4 dads head to Botswana & Zambia in July 2019 to volunteer with the Home For AIDS Organisation.
- Glasgow, UK
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We are raising money to take a group of boys and dads to Botswana & Zambia in the summer of 2019. The team will support & volunteer at an organisation called Home For AIDS Orphans, the organisation is based in Mwandi which is a village in Zambia located between Livingstone and Sesheke.
Home for AIDS Orphans works with the local community to improve the living conditions for those most vulnerable in society, especially young children who have been orphaned by AIDS. It was initially established as the United Church of Zambia Mission Partners Mwandi, by Dan and Paula Van Zyl.
In 2014 they became a registered Not for Profit Organisation and began operating as Home for AIDS Orphans.
During the last decade the proportion of children who were orphaned as a result of AIDS rose from 3.2% to 32% & will continue to increase exponentially as the disease spreads unchecked - currently, figures show that over 11 million children in Southern Africa are orphaned as a result of AIDS.
The group will be supporting the AIDS Orphan Organisation by building traditional safe and stable mud homes. At the time of the trip, the boys will have just completed their 6th and final year of schooling at Bearsden Academy in Glasgow. As 6th year pupils they had the option to consider other organised volunteering trips which similarly involve a self-funding aspect, however, at a cost of around £4,500 the group took it upon themselves to think outside the box and consider a more organic, authentic and grassroots approach to giving back.
In order to further help the HfA organisation, we are looking to fund some of their other community projects, in particular a 2nd and very much need classroom facility.
The cause is one that is very close to the heart of the Wright family, who will have 3 generations take part in the trip. Jimmy Wright was born in Zambia and grew up Botswana with his parents Roger & June. Jimmy came to the UK in 1989 to study with a view to returning home once finished, having returned to Botswana on a number of occasions since, Jimmy, now resides on a permanent basis in Glasgow with his family Karen & Tiaan.
As a young boy, Jimmy’s family, spent a large portion of their time in the game reserves, wild life and nature were always a large part of what they did as a family with Jimmy's first camping trip being when he was only weeks old. In 2012 & again 2015, Tiaan got to experience the beauty that is Botswana & Zambia. His subsequent love of the country and wildlife have since been shared with family and friends. The family connection, past and present, to this part of the world is what led to the group choosing this region and The Home For Aids Orphans as the perfect and most obvious choice as somewhere to fulfil not only the trip of a lifetime but also an incredibly worthwhile voluntary cause.
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The Botswana & Zambia trip represents an alternative and more cost effective way for young people to step into life changing moments. 100% of funds raised will be utilised for the benefit of HfAO. A true authentic grassroots experience with volunteering being key.