VINE is a unique venture aimed to create a fund to support vulnerable children in a township in KwaZulu Natal who have lost their parents through AIDS. This is now the leading cause of death in South Africa

After decades of political struggle, South Africa is now facing a different battle. This is a battle for the survival of a whole generation. The UN estimates 1000 South Africans die of AIDS related causes every day resultig in a traumatic increase in orphaned children.

In Esikhawini, the township where we do our work, 9 out of 10 pregnant women and 60% of the whole township's population is HIV positive.  Therefore the children supported by Vine find themselves living alone, unable to go to school because they have lost their parents.  They do not have the money to pay school fees or buy school uniform and shoes which are essential before a place at school is offered. 

Aims of The VINE Project.

1. To support the formal education of the children and provide opportunities for vocational guidance and training.

2. To provide an income for the grandmothers and primary care givers by encouraging participation in income-generating activities, especially the traditional skill of bead work.

3. To encourage and guide supportive peer activities.

4. To raise international awareness of the social and economic needs of these children by encouraging supportive and informed global links. 

The project's focus is now on education and training.  Our objective is to enable the children we support to acheive their full potential through primary, secondary and potentially higher education.  We provide food vouchers, the necessary school uniform and all equipment needed to access education, as well as making their homes safe and comfortable to live in. 

Using the principles of fair trade the project buys traditional Zulu jewellery and needlework made by the grandmothers, who are caring for their own orphaned grandchildren, providing them with an immediate income.  Funds are raised in the UK by talks to interested groups, fund raising events and generous donations.

Every penny raised by the Project goes back to  the children. We do not have any paid workers. The whole project is run by volunteers who spend a total of three months a year in the township with the children.


The township of Esikhawani is located about 100kms north of Durban in the KwaZulu Natal region.

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