WHERE THE MONEY GOES
100% of the profits from the sale of the orphan bracelet go directly to helping women and children whose lives have been severely impacted by the HIV/AIDS pandemic. We focus on programs, which establish a sense of ownership and self-improvement within communities. This ensures sustainability that outlasts any direct involvement or investment by the OBC and its sponsors/donors.
Women in high-impact HIV/AIDS communities are trained to craft our Orphan Bracelets as a means to become self-reliant. Proceeds earned from bracelet sales provide our women crafters with a living wage. We work mainly with community organizations in the Eastern Cape of South Africa. These include health forums, church groups and smaller groups not directly affiliated with an organization.
At any given time OBC offers support to approximately 80 South African women and their families through the crafting program.
The OBC has supported a number of food programs since its inception. Currently our most important daily food program is located at the African Gospel Church in Port Alfred. Our kitchen provides 200 meals per day.
Recently we opened a second kitchen to feed the children of the Nemato Sports Federation a youth empowerment program for disadvantaged township youth. This soup kitchen feeds approximately 120 meals per day.
One of the key elements to maintaining health in HIV/AIDS affected communities is proper nutrition. To improve access to healthy, fresh foods, the Orphan Bracelet Campaign provides permaculture training and donates seedlings, fruit trees, tools and equipment for the establishment of permaculture gardens. Not only do these gardens provide much needed nutrition, they also cultivate ongoing self-sufficiency in these communities.
Most of our permaculture gardens are planted at schools and community centers.
The OBC engages in once off capital projects where and when the need arises and money allows. Recently we completed the addition of a two bedroom, one bath wing designed especially to care for babies at the Molly Bam Orphanage. Molly Bam commonly known as the Ã¢â‚¬Å“Alex AngelÃ¢â‚¬Â has been operating the orphanage for more than 18 years.
In 2010 Louise was filming in Uganda and met Mariam, a child dealing with extreme poverty and HIV. Moved by her desperate situation, OBC built a home for Mariam and her grandmother who struggles to support her six orphaned grandchildren.