We are excited that a group of 22 enthusiastic people will be visiting the orphange in November. The group is headed by Judith Hung, a native South African who will be coming "home" for the first time in 18 years! As Judith says, "coming from an orphanage just outside Johannesburg, I know and understand the importance of a nurturing environment." Judith operates a South African-themed day spa called Enza in Ontario, Canada, and they have raised funds for many causes, but few so close to her heart. Please view the video to "meet" Judith and learn more about their goal.
In an effort to get healthier, Love to Langa co-founder Jon Ostroff just embarked on a 28-day vegan challenge on August 1, inspired by the film "Forks over Knives." To make it fun, we created a humorous website/blog, www.jonnyogoesvegan.com, and in the three weeks since the countdown started, we have had several thousand hits and garnered an incredible following of supporters.
Friends, family and now complete strangers have made donations and pledges to Love to Langa as "bets" that he will complete the 28-day challenge. As of today, the total amount is $525!
Check it out if you want a chuckle. He is also on Facebook at Jonny O Goes Vegan and Twitter: @jonnyogoesvegan
Many thanks for your support!
Amy and Jon Ostroff
May 10, 2011
Siphokazi On Her Way...
By Amy Ostroff - President, Love to Langa
Endless thanks to the many wonderful donors who helped us during the Open Challenge in April! Thanks to your generosity, we finished in 11th place out of the 247 charities that competed! We hope you will enjoy following our progress as we continue our quest to build a village for the AIDS orphans of Langa. Here is a story about a very special young woman...
Siphokazi finished her matric, meaning that she graduated from High School and passed the entrance exams to be eligible for University, in 2003, but due to financial constraints, she was not able to continue her studies, “so I started volunteering for different organizations in the field of HIV/AIDS. I have always had a love of giving back (paying it forward) to those who are in need the most. I started working for Siyaphambili in 2004 when it was established, so I’m quite the familiar face in the orphanage. I’m very opinionated with a passion to strive for success at all times...my strengths are listening, team player, perseverance and motivational. I grew up with two younger brothers but in a very big family so I’m used to having my privacy disturbed. Working for Siyaphambili has been one of the highlights in my life.”
“I have been working with the child-headed households due to the AIDS pandemic. These are orphans who have been left to look after their siblings. Being children themselves, they now have the duty of being young adults for their younger siblings in terms of searching for livelihood and making sure that there is food and other basic needs on the table for their family. So what Siyaphambili is doing is filling in the gap in the households by being there for the children who have been robbed their childhood, to suddenly be older than they really are, this is the reason why many have left school to start working or begging in the streets.”
Thanks to a generous donor’s gift of $500, which paid for travel expenses for the year, Siphokazi was able to enroll at the prestigious all-scholarship TSiBA Education, which focuses on Business Administration and Entrepreneurial Leadership. Siphokazi says, “This is my foundation year and I’ve got three years to go. I plan to continue in the orphanage and also plan to be in the transportation industry but that’s all still a plan - the action is within.”