Gozololo Children: Volunteer & Travel

We are a family run non-profit that has 3 centres around Durban, South Africa. We offer a volunteer and travel program to people around the world.

This is an opportunity to experience our culture in an aunthetic way whilst being part of our family. in addition volunteers get a chance to travel around south afric to kruger national park, Johannesgurg, Drakensberg, Garden route, Cape Town and neighbouring countries including Lesotho, Swaziland and Mozambique

Gozololo Centre For Needy Children has a number of centres established in KwaMashu, Umgababa and Bhambayi. They are responding to the need to provide care and support to a number of traumatized, orphaned and vulnerable children. If these orphaned and vulnerable children (OVC) are not cared for, nurtured or educated, they will become a lost generation.

Gozololo is a Zulu term meaning “stay awhile; rest awhile or a halfway house”. The name was chosen as a result of the vision of the founder, Mirriam Cele. She initiated the Gozololo Organisation along with a group of volunteer women. Mirriam spent 17 years as a community and development worker and was employed by the Diakonia Council of Churches in that capacity. She is the recipient of many accolades, amongst them, the Martin Luther King Peace Award, The Paul Harris Award (by the Rotary Club), the eThekwini Mayor's Awards in 1999, the 2004 Fair Lady Claims Eau Dynamisante Woman of the Year Award, eThekwini Living Legends 2012, and The South African Presidency Award.

After receiving calls from people in the community telling her of children, some as young as 6 months old, being abandoned due to poverty or their parents having died of AIDS, Mirriam would collect these children and take care of them while she traced their next-of-kin, which often proved to be a futile exercise. Gozololo is the response of a growing community of people on a passionate quest to change perspectives, beliefs and, ultimately, outcomes by mobilizing individuals around South Africa to take positive action against the tragedy of children orphaned and made vulnerable by HIV/AIDS.

The stigma of orphaned and vulnerable children being placed in institutionalized orphanages was not appealing: research has highlighted the negative social consequences of this strategy. Our model ensures that each child is placed with the willing child-minder for the night and attends the centre during the day.

 

 

 

 

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