Sophia DiPaola wrote -
We are taking part in an International Cross-cultural Exchange Program set at an AIDS orphanage, with trips to South African wildlife Reserves.
Your support means the absolute world to us and these beautiful people that we will have the honor to meet.
These children were not always laughing, happy or safe- it is estimated that there are 1.2 million AIDS orphans living in South Africa and these particular children are the fortunate ones to call this orphanage their home. Nearly all of these children have been raped, abused, and/or neglected, many are HIV positive and all have lost some or all of their family to AIDS. They are safe from hunger, cold, illness, rape, poverty, hopelessness and fear at this place of refuge.
link to orphanage: http://www.botshabelo.org/
link to organization: http://bluestarofhope.org/south-africa/