Emasithandane (Emasi) was started in the early 90's in the township of Nyanga by Mama Zelphina Maposela, a former Community Health Worker who had met many parents who were dying from HIV/AIDS and TB. She started the home in order to foster children who had been orphaned when her patients died. From that point onward, the project grew quickly and has become a major part of the greater community's ability to cope with the number of orphaned and vulnerable children.
The mission of Emasithandane is to provide education, food, and a safe home for abandoned, abused, orphaned & other vulnerable children. Many of these children are affected or infected by HIV/AIDS. Emasi strives to provide its children with the best possible quality of life. To reach this goal, they provide a permanent loving environment for orphaned and other abandoned children.
There are over 35 children currently living at the home which is run by a group of dedicated people who look after the ever-growing number of children. Through meals, activities and other programs for vulnerable children living in the community, Emasi impacts the lives of dozens of children in the area.
A video collage by CHOSA volunteers Londi and Eric who spent months helping out at Emasithandane.