Orphan numbers rising in the Cape

A non-governmental organisation says that the number of orphans across the province is swelling. Ikamva...

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A non-governmental organisation says that the number of orphans across the province is swelling.

Ikamva Labantu cares for thousands of kids who have nobody to look after them.

The organisation’s Barbara Stemmet says that HIV/AIDS is contributing to the growing orphan numbers.

Stemmet says there are many children heading up households, especially in townships.

“Currently we have foster parents that we support, but we also have child-headed households, so that’s where maybe a child of 12 is the older sibling of maybe two or three other children.”

567 <?xml:namespace prefix="st1" ns="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags"?><place w:st="on">Cape Talk’s Station Manager Colleen Louw says she is concerned about the increasing number of orphaned children in the city.

The station is hosting a fundraising event in support of the work of Ikamva Labantu.

Monday’s radiothon aims to help feed, clothe, shelter and educate thousands of abandoned children.

Louw says the plight of helpless kids is often forgotten.

“Our ethos is to reflect what is happening in the community and to also effect positive change. This is ideal for a talk station and people might frown upon us doing this right now in these economic climates but it is the right thing to do,” says Louw.