"It's Not for Me" February 15 2008

Orphaned ChildWhile in South Africa, team members from Beaded Hope traveled to a Mamelodi man's house to tend to his garden. After they arrived, they found a backyard full of beautiful green spinach growing quite well on its own. "Maybe you don't need our help," they joked. The man shook his head and explained that the spinach wasn't for him. He grew it and sold it for gas money so he could drive the many orphans in his village to school — orphans who lost their parents and families to AIDS. The man could transport only about a dozen children every day; there are over 1.1 million children orphaned in South Africa as a result of AIDS.

Orphaned Child Photographed by Elizabeth Schlaudecker; July 2005