Many people getting married today have everything that they need and may like others to benefit from their day.
We believe that children are the future and we have therefore chosen three very worthy children's charities for our Alternative list:
God's Golden Acre
God's Golden Acre Khayelihle is a non profit making charity involved in the care of children who have been orphaned or abandoned because of HIV/AIDS related illness and violence. The project is located in the South African province of Kwa Zulu-Natal, in the valley of a 1000 hills.Rather than simply putting the children in orphanages, God's Golden Acre Khayelihle primarily strives to keep children in their community setting by assisting families using various initiatives to support themselves.
The Pebbles Project was established in 2004 to offer support to children with special educational needs, particularly those whose lives are affected by alcohol in some way, in the Western Cape of South Africa.
The Pebbles Project believes that if a child, particularly one with special needs of any kind, is supported and given the necessary education at an early age, they are far more likely to go on to achieve more at school, and become well-adjusted, educated and achieving adults.
Pebbles works closely with several wine farm owners, who support our work and assist us with the upliftment of their farm worker communities and the education of the workers' children. Pebbles also supports township crèches.
We are Together
The Agape Children
There are over 45 other children who now live at the Agape orphanage. They range in ages from 12 months to 18 years. Most of the children have lost their parents to AIDS.
The children have a wonderful choir and they sing almost everyday at the Centre.
Agape was founded by a lady called Gogo "Grandma" Zodwa. She was working as an HIV counsellor and found that many of the people she was counselling expressed deep concern about what would happen to their children when they were no longer around. So Zodwa established Agape to look after these children. Agape has had a tumultuous journey, but under Zodwa’s loving guidance it continues to grow stronger. Agape is a Greek word meaning “unconditional love”, which is exactly what the children at Agape receive.