Yesterday, Taylor and I went down and spent the afternoon with the children from the Lobatse Orphan Care Center. If you haven’t seen some of my previous posts about these children, they are selected by a social worker and these are some of the most vulnerable children who have lost one or both parents most likely to AIDs. They live with a relative that most of the time does not want them. Most of the kids come in tattered clothing or clothing that is a few sizes too small, shoes with holes in them and yesterday a little boy had on socks that had no heel or toe in them. It breaks our hearts to see this, but these children are being loved on so much through this Care Center that is at Lobatse Baptist Church and their schoolwork is improving. The little boy in the 1st picture, Lame (Lah-may), is in 1st grade and is just learning to write and can’t read quite yet. The Care Center invests time in these kids and help them with their homework and teaching them to read/write.
The ladies that volunteer at the Care Center makes and sells products to make money to feed the kids daily and to help buy them new clothes and shoes. If you would like to support them you can go to http://www.reclaimedproject.org/ where you can buy products made through both of the Care Centers here in Botswana and all the proceeds go back to the Care Centers.
The ladies sow headbands, purses, quilts, and bangles, and also make necklaces/earrings out of paper.