The Orphans and Vulnerable Children’s Center at Mmopane Village in Botswana has 45 children this year between the ages of 3 to 6 years, who are from very poor socio-economic backgrounds. Some are orphans, some are on antiretroviral drugs, and others are children of people living with HIV and AIDs. This is a center run by the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth with the objective of providing good nutrition and enhancing physical, intellectual and emotional development of children at an early age.

June and July are the coldest months of winter in Botswana. Vinaya Chalil, SCN, is the coordinator of this center. She noticed many children without proper warm cloths during this winter. Some of the children were coming to the center without even wearing socks. Sister Vinaya purchased warm cloths and tracksuits for all of the children. A generous family donated socks and caps. Donations were also received from U.S. donors.

Sister Vinaya wishes to thank those who have donated for the children in Botswana. She says, “Your generosity and thoughtfulness have made a difference in these children, especially during this winter. Thank you for being partners in our ministry in Botswana.”