|"An exceptional experience to help and make a small improvement in the lives of others."
Aubrey Boutin— St. Augustine, Florida
Fontein Social Center
Partner since: 2011
Total donated: $9,435
In January 2012, the Fontein Social Center opened in Swaziland, an independent kingdom set within the borders of South Africa. The daycare center serves about 40 pre-schoolers, many of whom are infected with HIV and have even lost parents to AIDS.
These 40 youngsters are joined by up to 350 additional children, ranging in age from roughly 6 to 16, for a noontime meal. With limited resources however, the center faces many challenges.
We've only recently begun our partnership with the center and there is a great deal to be done. Our priority is the safety and health of the children, so we've already fixed the roof and windows, installed a new awning, tables and benches where the children can enjoy their meal. And we are currently planning to build a new kitchen area for the center. This will give them a hygienic environment to prepare meals and feed the almost 400 children that are there daily.
School in session:
Year round. Center closed on Sundays.
Gifts to bring if you're visiting:
- Soccer balls (deflated) and other sports equipment
- Books for early readers
- Used clothing and shoes
- T-shirts from home state