South Africa, our most popular location, is the 25th largest country in the world. Visitors are attracted to the country for the lovely vineyards, sandy beaches, stunning mountain ranges, and renowned safaris. Masked behind the country’s beauty and diversity is the prevalence of HIV and AIDS, which is greater than anywhere else worldwide. Our projects in Durban and Johannesburg work to provide care and safety for the vulnerable and affected.
Johannesburg, the largest city in South Africa, also known as the City of Gold is home to many sites and attractions that add to the excitement of working at Nkosi’s Haven. Nkosi’s Haven is a community that provides education and opportunities for growth and sustainability for the children and women affected by HIV/AIDS in their care. Nkosi’s Haven is named after Nkosi Johnson, who was born with HIV and became a national figure in the anti-discrimination of people with HIV/AIDS. He died at the age of 12, but his work continues through the work of Nkosi’s Haven.
“I think it’s hard for anyone to show up at Nkosi’s Haven and not get this overwhelming sense of love and community, you’re just embraced. Everyone who walks in those doors is fully embraced by everyone, by the students, by the kids, by the staff. There’s a lot of needs there, and I think they look towards volunteers as being able to temporarily fill those needs, whether it’s something as simple as attention, or playing with kids, or tutoring them, or even better, just bringing special skills to improve their lives to help the organisation grow. I was immediately at home, I always felt like I was wanted there.” Ryan, Nkosi’s Haven