It is no secret that I find my way to Northern KwaZulu as often as possible. Its beautiful there, not only the landscape, mountains and game, but the people and their rich history.
As I’ve become more familiar with the area, my interest in it has grown and I’ve found myself increasingly involved with the Ubombo Children’s Care Village. Located about 4 hours north of Durban in rural Zululand, this is one of many orphanages in the area. Ubombo is run by the remarkable Dawn Irons, fondly known as Mama Africa and is home to 14 full-time children, their house moms and a collection of local cuties that attend day care here.
Despite the financial challenges faced by Dawn and her Board of Trustees, as well as the sad reality of HIV/Aids and TB among the children, this is a very happy place, one which provides love and care and ensures their well being.
After a trip to Ubombo in August 2011 with a client, we have been able to secure a generous sum of money for the Care Village from an American Foundation. These funds will specifically be allocated to health, nutrition, education and the individual children’s needs. I will be going up on a regular basis to liaise with Mama Dawn about the progress and requirements of the home.
What a gift for my altruistic heart. I love spending time here and am always amazed by the warmth and love that the children have to share despite the hardships that many have suffered. I delight in their kisses to my forehead, their sticky hands in mine, the laughter and play. This is a special place that I am truly humbled by the opportunity to be involved with.
For privacy reasons I cannot give these beautiful children’s names. But should you want to learn more about the Ubombo Children’s Care Village, or become involved in any way, please feel free to contact me and I will put you in touch with Dawn Irons. Ubombo relies entirely on donations and fundraising.