The Most Vulnerable Orphan

Even among the poor and sick, there are those whose plight is worse.  Among the children in South Africa who are orphaned, abandoned, or stricken by AIDS/HIV, there are other little ones, alone and abandoned, ravaged by serious medical conditions.

In a region where people are so often taxed by the burden of simply surviving, these especially vulnerable children don’t stand a chance… unless we create one for them.

Many of the abandoned infants and children designated to Acres of Love arrive on the brink of death, with substantial emergency medical needs that require immediate proactive intervention.  Many others require long-term care to address severe malnutrition affecting their ability to reach developmental milestones.

We strive to ensure that each child gets the care, education, and assistance needed to develop and thrive.  Our Emergency Medical and Special Needs (EMSN) Program exists to empower the Acres of Love team to accept progressively more complex cases.  Our scaled up capabilities have allowed us to fully engage and care for children with complex medical conditions including HIV, TB, Cerebral Palsy, Cancer, Down Syndrome, Paralysis, hearing loss, vision loss, Prader Willi Syndrome, CHARGE Syndrome, hydrocephalus, Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) and severe malnutrition.

Some of the specific things our EMSN Program has made possible:

-Education and medical services for our children in wheelchairs, attending specialized schools

-School fees, therapy, and therapeutic chairs for multiple children living with severe Cerebral Palsy

-Hospital fees, support staff, and therapy for a two-year-old boy’s extended hospital stay

-A bone anchored hearing aid for a 14 year-old boy with profound sensor neural hearing loss in one ear

-School fees, Occupational Therapy, and Speech Therapy for multiple children with Down Syndrome

-Surgeries, doctor’s visits, school fees and transport for an eleven-year-old girl, HIV positive and deaf, who spent two years abandoned at a hospital. She now attends a school specifically catering to deaf students

-Handicap accessible bathroom made for a teenage boy living life in a wheelchair in order to allow independence despite his paraplegic status

-School fees and transport for an eight-year-old girl to attend a school specifically catering to students who are deaf

-Eye surgery, Occupational Therapy and Speech Therapy for a seven-year-old girl who suffered severe malnourishment from being uncared for as a baby

 “There can be no keener revelation of a society’s soul than the way in which it treats its children.” -Nelson Mandela