Thanda is a nonprofit based in rural KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, that employs local staff to provide more than 300 orphans of AIDS and other at-risk children daily meals, counseling and educational support through targeted after-school programs in sports, dance, computer and sustainable agriculture. We are excited about Thanda’s work because ultimately we want the same thing: “To break the cycle of poverty and suffering with local, sustainable and lasting solutions.” This means something different for each village, community and individual… So we tackle it one step, one child at a time.
Unite is working with Thanda to expand our Unite Tours program, empowering American safari-goers Unite’s unique brand of adventure, safari & service beyond the boundaries of East Africa. Additionally, we have linked Thanda’s income-generating program for local artists – Thanda Zulu – with our Ashe Collection and are working to cross promote and support sales. In May and June of 2013 Unite and Thanda hosted together large African Art Exhibit and artistry show at the Darien Nature Center in Connecticut that raised thousands of dollars in support of Thanda’s work in South Africa.
In South Africa:
62% of all children live below the poverty line.
Only 4 in 10 complete secondary school.
1.9 million children have been orphaned by AIDS.
In KwaZulu-Natal Province, where Thanda is based:
Home to a quarter of South Africa’s children.
30% of the population has been infected with HIV.
4 in 10 pregnant mothers are HIV-positive.
*All photos courtesy of Thanda.