Visiting HIVSA Johannesburg

Our third post covering the recent trip of Orange Babies founders Baba Sylla and John Kattenberg, to all the projects in South Africa, Zambia and Namibia (written by Baba).

Day 7

HIVSA – Soweto

At 6.30 in the morning we wake up and open the curtains. It’s still pitch-dark outside. We can’t see anything and we only hear the sound of the cars. I would prefer to go back to bed. We take a quick shower. John is talking a lot and I do ...

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SECOND TRIP TO MOUNT OLIVE

After several project visits in Cape Town our flight lands in Johannesburg. No time for rest as a trip to Mount Olive has been scheduled. Mount Olive is located in the community of Lehae. This community has a high level of unemployment, domestic violence, HIV/AIDS infections and poverty. These social issues have resulted in early school leavers having to look after their sick parents or younger brother or sister. Mount Olive offers the Lehae community assistance and support to ...

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FIRST VISIT TO CAPE TOWN – YABONGA

The first post in our travel report of Orange Babies founders, Baba Sylla and John Kattenberg, to all the projects in South Africa, Zambia and Namibia (written by Baba).

Day 1 –

A lunch is scheduled with the Community Mothers, my “true heroes”…Who would open up their houses on a daily basis to 25 vulnerable children? Kids who have been through a lot? Only these moms can do this, maybe because they, themselves are HIV positive and know the feeling of being ...

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Introducing… Our new ambassadors!

Last week was Youth Day and our projects all did their bit to honour the youth of 1976 who fought for equal education and rights for all.

But one project in particular, the Khaya Centre in Lehae, was lucky enough to be joined in their celebrations by our fantastic foot soldiers and, most excitingly, our brand new ambassadors, the Goliaths!

Brothers Jason, Donovan and Nicholas Goliath, along with Kate Goliath, founded Goliath and Goliath three years ago with the dream ...

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New Board Member

It is with great excitement that we announce the addition of a new director to the board of Orange Babies South Africa, Evert Van der Veer.

As Vice President, Comedy Central, Africa, TV veteran Evert Van der Veer is responsible for driving the success of Viacom International Media Networks Africa’s comedy businesses in sub-Saharan Africa.

Responsible for all aspects of the Comedy Central brand across the region, Van der Veer’s role includes strategic direction, brand management, programme acquisitions, content strategy, production, digital, ...

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Just Footprints Camp for Khaya Youth

Our Mount Olive Khaya Centre project does an unbelievable amount of good, and has an outstanding number of programmes to help everyone in the Lehae community. One of which is the Young Life programme, catering to teens in the community who show leadership potential and a drive to achieve. This phenomenal group of about 60 youth were asked, during a visit from our colleagues in the Netherlands some years ago, what their biggest wish is. There was an overwhelming request ...

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Staff Changes

2016 looks to be a big year for Orange Babies South Africa with lots of changes being made to start us all off on an exciting new foot.

We begin with the sad news; our much-loved Country Manager, Adrienne Feldner-Busztin will no longer be with Orange Babies as of the 1st March 2016. Adrienne has been a friend of Orange Babies for 9 years and was tasked with opening the Orange Babies South African offices in 2012. She has poured her ...

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Orange Babies’ New Advert

The Orange Babies NGO has a new TV advert as a result of months of hard work by a dedicated group of people who donated their time and skills to us. We are unbelievably proud and excited to launch our most exquisite call to action, produced by Fresh Eye Films and Quirk.

The commercial highlights the fact that there’s no reason for another baby to be born with HIV. With the right treatment, education and support the mother-to-child transmission rate of ...

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Merwelene van der Merwe in Celebrity MasterChef SA

2015 started off with great excitement as photographer Merwelene van der Merwe was announced as a contestant for Celebrity MasterChef South Africa, and chose Orange Babies as her charity to play for. Merwelene has been an active supporter of Orange Babies, and joined us on a field trip to Limpopo in August of 2014. We are thrilled to call her a friend, and are enjoying watching her cooking on MasterChef South Africa every Sunday night at 18:00 on M-Net.

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Theresa Lungu’s eye surgery

Theresa Lungu lives at one of the Orange Babies projects in Zambia, The Transit Home of Hope. She lost her eye at the age of 5 and struggled with an ill fitting prosthetic for many years. The Poelman foundation were moved by her story and raised the funds needed to give Theresa a new eye. In December of 2014, she and her care taker, Jeannie Mulenga were generously flown to Johannesburg by SA Airlink where Prof Grant Mclaren ...

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