One of the challenges of working with orphans is that the mother has often lost touch with the extended family. Sometimes this is due to the stigma of HIV, or of falling pregnant, and the fear of rejection by family members.
Some of these extended family members live is distant rural areas in other parts of South Africa, and making contact is a challenge.
What a joy last month when our auxiliary social worker was able to escort two siblings on the 12 hour bus drive for them to reunited with their grandmother who had never met them. After initial nervousness at meeting this 'strange' granny, the children began to bond, and it was a joyous time for the family. They knew their daughter had passed away but had no idea where the children were.
Our social worker and auxiliary social worker often have to become detectives to track families down, but the hard work is worth it!! Thank you for your support through GlobalGiving.
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