As a part of our training as new staff with Iris Global, this past weekend we visited and volunteered at Michaels Childrens Village (MCV). MCV is an extension of Iris Ministries International and Iris South Africa (registered NGO) based in Mbonisweni/Back Door, South Africa--just a few hours drive from our children's centre in Maputo, Mozambique.
The vision of MCV is:
Raising up a generation of African children of purity, passion, and purpose through family-based care and community transformation.
I must confess that before having visited South Africa, I often thought of it as a "richer", "more developed", and "somewhat western" country in the African Continent. My recent visits have taught me otherwise and opened my eyes to poverty here in South Africa.
In a nutshell, the Orphan crisis situation in South Africa is captured by Save The Children: "Over 65% of children in South Africa live in poverty – one in three people doesn’t always have enough to eat. And one in five children doesn’t go to school. Approximately 2 Million children have been orphaned by AIDS."
MCV is a beautiful exemple of a centre working towards self-sustainability through the creation of a nearby farm that will allow them to generate an income that will help fund the higher education of their children. Just as many moms and dads work hard in Canada to support their children through school, we want to do the same here.
For more information about MCV and to see some pictures, check out mcvafrica.com
As for this week, we have a few exciting and rare pictures of our own. There is lots of exciting wild life in South Africa that we don't see at our children's centre in Maputo. Check out these photos of a giant snail we found, Mr. Richmond doing laundry with an ostrich, and zebras drinking out of a pool.