Over a period of 18 years the Rotary Club (RC) of Winnipeg has worked in partnership with the Rotary Club of Hillcrest to provide support for the iKhethelo (formerly Makaphutu) Children’s Village in the province of Kwazulu-Natal. It is a home for AIDS orphans and vulnerable children. Over the past 3 years several of the youngsters who had been taken in as babies have graduated from high school and are into post-secondary education.
In the initial stages the RC of Winnipeg sponsored one of the cottages and, subsequently, helped with the refurbishing of the cottages when this became necessary. We provide funds for 2 holiday camps a year for children from IKhethelo and 2 neighbouring villages.
In 2017 we discovered that because of the water conservation program, the Village was without water for several hours a day. We partnered with Rotary Club of Hillcrest in a Global Grant (GG) project to construct a rainwater harvesting system and filtration plant at the Village along with the installation of a solar powered water heater in each cottage.