Opening doors of hope to children with AIDS
It's not only people with HIV that are affected by the AIDS epidemic. Kate Taylor tells us about the work of the Door of Hope in South Africa which helps give children who've lost their parents a chance
- By: Kate Taylor
Africa is one of the areas worst hit by HIV and AIDS. We hear about so many stories in the press and on the news, but what is it really like being in a country overrun with the virus? And who is affected the most, people with the virus or those they leave behind? You don't have to be infected to be affected.
By 2004 there will be 1.8 million orphans in South Africa alone due to HIV and AIDS. The South African government recently put a moratorium on the registration of children's homes. Its widely supported belief is that children who are orphaned or who are in need of care should be placed in individual family homes instead of institutions. Where are they going to find families to take in all these children, particularly as adoption is taboo in many African cultures?
Children are orphaned when both parents contract