Orphans and vulnerable children at Mmopane Village, Botswana

Posted by Spalding Hurst

July 13, 2015

This ministry is now closed.

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.”



  1. Sammat Miguel


    I thank you dear Sisters for the job you are doing in supporting financially those who are in necessity throughout the world.

    Actually, I am Father Miguel Sammat, a young priest from the Diocese of Hinche, Port-au-Prince, Haiti. I have 4 years of ministerial priesthood in the pastoral ministry of the diocese of Hinche.

    I want to carry out this small project to help extremely marginalized poor children and orphans who are in critical situations.They are starving due to malnutrition, they can’t go to school, their health state is very precarious due to the lack of all kinds they are suffering. an EMERGENCY HELP WOULD BE THE IDEAL SOLUTION through material help for this next opening of school of the academic year 2023-2024 in next September.

    Dear Sisters benefactress, dear brother benefactor, I would like to ask you, how can you, to the best of your ability, fund this project to the tune of more or less $ 10,000 US in the context of minimizing the rate of poor vulnerable children in need who cannot go to school next September 2023. This funding will help to buy notebooks, pens, pencils…Because school is the path to sustainable development. But, you can give what you have, that will help somehow.

    We need help either in education area or purchasing school materials area or health area, or food area or in all the areas. Please, help help in the area that matters for you.

    Thank you!

    Father Miguel Sammat
    Priest of the Roman Catholic Apostolic Church, at the service of the portion of the people of God IN NEED in the diocese of Hinche, parish of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Darlegrand

  2. Teressa Bubi

    May I ask, do you have a foster system in place?

  3. Samantha

    Good day

    what is the procedure for donating to the organization?

    • Kekgabile Lindy Mosweu

      Good hope you are good and in good health. I would like to donate some few items to the kids. What is the procedure? 🙏🙏🙏

      • Sikhululekile

        Can i have directions or phone numbers i want to donate i would lyk yo pay a visit too

    • Kekgabile Lindy Mosweu

      Good day.. I greet you in the wonderful name of Jesus Christ. I hope you are good and in good health. I would like to donate some few items to the kids. What is the procedure? 🙏🙏🙏

  4. Maria Rita Kadama

    Hello. We are Gaborone International School and would like to visit and donate some items to your facility. What is the criteria to do so?

  5. Lebogang Botho Sethao

    Good day, I would like to give clothes to the kids there. How do I go about it?

  6. Ogone

    Hello, hope you’re well. I want to know how we can donate.

  7. Conny Molelowamodimo

    I want to donate ,what is the procedure?

  8. Danielle

    Good Morning
    Its been a tough year, this year and I’d like to donate to the children at this orphanage.
    Can you tell me how we can go about it and what is needed.
    Would love to put together some gifts for the children or would you prefer essentials?

    • Dr. Ana Delia Rodriguez Vivanco

      I want to donate ,what is the procedure? We are a eye clinic company’s Tavo&ana Eye Clinic..we would like to be in contact with you for donation and eye examination. Waiting for your answer
      Thank you

  9. Natasha

    Good Morning,

    I would really like to plan a Santa Shoebox project and am enquiring how many children you care for at present and their ages. It has been a tough year for all, but we all know that a gift no matter how small for Christmas can really make a child’s heart happy. These boxes are filled with basics like a face cloth, soap, a toothbrush and toothpaste, a small toy, a sweet and an item of clothing. I would need children numbers, their ages and whether boys or girls.

  10. Bond

    hello , just wanted to say i love the work youre doing and also , how or what is required for one to spend the day volunteering at the center , what mostly is the center in need of in terms of helping around at the center

    • Gofaone Masole


      My name is Gofaone Masole currently residing at Mmopane.I would like to enquire about a procedure when one is interested in volunteering at the center.

      • Pat

        How can we donate? God bless you each and every day

    • rosa

      hi, have you been responded?


    Good afternoon

    My name is Refilwe Tlhapiso. I would like to know how once can contribute to the your Orphanage center, either financially ,in kind or other means


  12. phenyo

    i just want to put a smile on there face

  13. Josefina Comandari


    We are 2 chilean psychologists from the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile and we are interested in participating in some international volunteering for about 5- 6 months , related to our profession, whether in the clinical, educational or community area, or where it is most needed help.
    One of us, know about Theraplay and the other know about Art-therapy and we want to use this knowledge at the service of children and their families. We love what you do and we are really interested in collaborating at your place.
    We want to go at May. Do you think we can be useful at your centre?


    • Bame Rasefako

      Merry Christmas, I’d love to share love with the family…

      May I talk to the caregivers 🙏

  14. pat worley

    our love and prayers are with you . Praise God for our generous
    and supportive friends . The children are warm , thanks to you
    Special love to all, Sister pat worley

    • Rita Spalding

      Do you think that the childern would benefit from a grant from some sister who have a Hunger Fund to share with people who don’t have enough food?


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