To promote virtual adoption, a supplementary form of sponsored support for goods and services for orphans and other children made vulnerable as a result of HIV and AIDS. The sponsorship is focused on holistic child development in which children are cared for within home-based care units in their communities. Local and community based care partners are supported enabling them to dramatically scale present levels of care within community development principles.
There are about 5.6 million people living with HIV in South Africa, – and as a consequence,
a high percentage of parentless and at-risk children. Almost 1.5 million children have lost their mother. While antiretroviral treatment is available, the concern is that the levels of new infection are outweighing the capacity to cope with the situation. Furthermore, only a mere 15% of all orphans are actually being reached by care- and faith-based organizations. We need to scale care dramatically.
To scale present levels of care from 15% - 60%, the Trust is promoting virtual adoption, a form of supplementary support in which virtual extended families get matched with vulnerable families to support the primary care-giver to ensure holistic child development
The orphaned children are rescued from a potential cycle of poverty and destitution, and become productive members of society with their dreams and aspirations nurtured for the benefit of communities where they come from and for society at large.