We are thrilled to tell you that we recently received an email from none other than former South African President F W de Klerk! We were honored to meet him when he was in Philadelphia last year and he gave us his card. We emailed him to say we are returning to South Africa at the end of February and to ask if he could connect us with any organizations that could help us with our mission. Here’s his email:
Dear Ms Ostroff Thank you for your email of 6 January. I’ve given the matter some thought and think that maybe there might be a better way than to work through XXX. I’ve written to a contact of mine with a request to make suggestions. As soon as I hear from him I will contact you again. Unfortunately we will not be in South Africa at the time of your visit at the end of February and we will therefore not be able to have a meeting. Hopefully I will be able to furnish you with the name of an organisation on the ground with which you can work well before your arrival here. I appreciate your commitment to the problem of AIDS orphans and will go out of my way to help you set something up. May 2012 be a fulfilling and good year for you and yours. Best wishes F W de Klerk
We are looking forward to getting the ball rolling with our project to help AIDS orphans in Langa Township and know with President de Klerk behind us, we are on our way!
The highlight of our trip will be on Sunday, February 26, when we are taking 35 children and seven volunteers from the orphanage to Robben Island, the prison where President Nelson Mandela and other leaders of the anti-Apartheid movement were held for so many years. It is now a museum and World Heritage Site, where former political prisoners lead tours. It is an incredibly moving experience to visit, and we were saddened to hear that none of the children had ever been there. It will be extra special because most of our children come from the Xhosa tribe, the same as President Mandela.
Our dream is becoming a reality! Thanks so much for being a part of it.
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