Orphans and vulnerable children at Mmopane Village, Botswana

Posted by Spalding Hurst

July 13, 2015

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. Lebogang Botho Sethao

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

  2. Ogone

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

  3. Conny Molelowamodimo

    I want to donate ,what is the procedure?

  4. 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

  5. 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.

  6. 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


  8. phenyo

    i just want to put a smile on there face

  9. 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 🙏

  10. 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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