helping hands, orphans, orphaned children, kwazulu natal, south africa

Where We Are: An Overview

To have a better understanding of Helping Hands and what our organisation is doing, it is important for us to first give you an understanding of the circumstances and geographical area in which we operate.

Helping Hands is situated in a rural settlement on the north coast of Kwa-Zulu Natal, one of the nine provinces in South Africa.

South Africa is home to 3.5 million orphans under the age of 18. Two million of these are as a result of HIV.   Kwa-Zulu Natal has the highest percentage of orphaned children – 23 % of the nation’s total.

The community is in the uMkhanyakude Municipality, a municipality that is generally characterised by isolated rural communities with high levels of poverty. The most significant land use is subsistence agriculture, and dispersed settlements, plantations and agriculture are found throughout the municipality.

It is in areas that have been severely impacted by the AIDS epidemic in South Africa, which has resulted in many orphans, child headed homes or grandparents looking after many orphaned grandchildren.

The area has also been impacted by poverty and has an extremely high rate of unemployment. It is a low resourced area in terms of government resources.

There are very few functioning social services, and even fewer quality services, that would have made life simpler and more comfortable.

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21 Nov 2016

It was another successful Christmas in November party for Helping Hands on Friday, November 18. This year, the party was hosted and the meals sponsored more

2 Sep 2016

We are so blessed to receive a very generous donation of 6263.15 Euros (about R100,000) from primary school De Zonnewijzer in the Netherlands towards more

18 Jul 2016

On Saturday, July 16, Helping Hands had special visitors from the Partners in Christ Foundation (PIC Foundation), a non-profit organization whose sole purpose is more

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11 Apr 2016

We are so blessed to have the Logos Hope team do some of their special projects not only for Helping Hands but for the more

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