Tshwaranang is a community centre based in the Free State, in South Africa. Operating from a town called Harrismith, they work in the surrounding area.
Compared with many other regions within Africa, the area is relatively affluent, yet there are still many people living in appalling conditions, and families struggling within the worst poverty possible and HIV AIDS is a devastating force within the community.
Tshwaranang aim to transform the local community through their projects. One such project is Hope House, an orphanage caring for up to 30 children.
the raffa home
The Raffa Home is an orphanage in India, currently looking after nine boys who have HIV. It is one of a number of church-led community projects in New Delhi, India, working with one of the most marginalised groups in their society.
Money donated goes towards their education, health and the ongoing cost of running the home, small things, but things that make a massive difference to the lives of the Raffa boys. There are now 4 people running the home, with 1 couple looking after the 6 older boys, helping them find work and make steps towards independence, and another couple looking after the 3 younger boys.
The boys enjoy studying, making kites, dancing and helping out in their local community.