Orphan care is the cornerstone of Kerus compassion outreach initiatives that grow through partnerships with local schools and churches. The Kerus Go Amogela Orphan Care Center, located in Soshanguve, South Africa, outside Pretoria, provides care for over 130 orphans. After school each day, the children come to eat a nutritious meal, play, and receive medical care, tutoring, and spiritual development training. Kerus Go Amogela Orphan Care Center has been caring for orphans in Soshanguve since June of 2008.
Over 2 million children now live as orphans in South Africa, having lost one or both parents to AIDS. This is the equivalent of 30,000 busloads of children, each one in desperate need. The orphan crisis has overwhelmed local communities like Soshanguve where the average household consists of 10 people who live on a monthly income of $172. The unemployment rate is 60%.
All of the children attend school and live with a caring adult in the community, often a grandmother who is struggling to take care of several children. Kerus Go Amogela Orphan Care Center exists to assist these primary caregivers: it is not a residential orphanage where children spend the night. The center eases the financial burden of caring for each child, allowing caregivers to provide emotional support and instill cultural heritage in their homes. The care center assists; it does not replace the family member or caring adult in the community.