In April 2001 Kopanang Community Trust had its beginnings, driven by the need to support women in the area to provide a sustainable way forward through skills training and empowerment.
Sithandi'zingane Care Project for the children took off just over a year later. A plot of land was donated for a token amount by the First National Bank to begin the project. On the premises lay a house stripped bare--windows gone, doors missing, every scrap that could be used for someone else's shanty taken away.
In the words of Mama Paulina, one of carers of the children of Sithand-'izingane, "Sister Sheila, we must have faith." In that faith the home was rebuilt and converted into a drop-in center for children under the age of 6 years affected and/or infected by HIV/AIDS, many of whom are orphans. Learn More about Kopanang Community Trust.