Philosophy of the Open Heart Project
Africa is a land that has been torn apart by war and disease. For over 40 years this has resulted in international condemnation and sanctions, tribal conflict, racial hatred and the inevitable result is famine, disease and poverty for the general population.
In addition to this tragedy, the Aids pandemic has gripped the continent. No other place in the world has been more affected by the spread of HIV and Aids. As as direct result of HIV and Aids the population of sub-saharan Africa now in decline. Parents are dying, leaving their children (often babies) to fend for themselves on the streets.
The children of Africa are in great need
Open Heart Project wants to be part of the solution - no matter how small.
We want to help the child victims and give them a safe and secure home in orphanages which truly care, and give them an education. In so doing they will develop a value system that works towards prevention of Aids and sustainable development of their country. These children will grow up to be the future generation of leaders of their nation. They will have the attitude to make their nation self-sufficient and hence make a positive contribution to the world.
Extract from the UNICEF Report on AIDS July 2004:
Sub-Saharan Africa is home to 24 of the 25 countries with the world’s highest levels of HIV prevalence, and the fastest growing proportions and absolute numbers of orphaned children. Between 1990 and 2003, the number of children orphaned by AIDS increased from less than one million to an estimated 12.6 million. Nine out of 10 children living with HIV/AIDS are African, as are eight of every 10 children who have lost parents to AIDS.