Wednesday, May 15, 2013

A Special Visit to Nkosi's Haven

Before we embarked on the Grand African Adventure last month, we visited Nkosi's Haven in South Africa with President Steve Tew and his wife Sherma. It is a home for mothers and children affected by HIV that was founded by Gail Johnson and her adopted son, Nkosi. Since 2001, Foundation 4Life® has helped support this very special place. With your help, we've made significant donations to help build Nkosi's Haven 4Life Farm so the Haven could grown their own food, expand their chicken runs for increased egg production, and offer self-improvement classes to the mothers.

Nkosi's Haven is such an amazing place! We visited with the mothers, laughed with the kids, toured the facility, and even enjoyed beautiful choir numbers performed by the children. We even presented new pajamas to all of the kids! Gail has created a unique place that allows mothers and children to be together, especially when moms are suffering with the effects of AIDS and can no longer take care of themselves. They have a playroom, music room, art room, bakery, and library. The Haven pays for all of the kids to attend school through high school and college, if that's their choice. Gail makes sure the kids work hard, study hard, and do their best so they can create a great future for themselves.

Grace, a resident for almost 14 years, rises every morning at 3:30 am to get breakfast ready for everyone. She told us that living there has changed her life. She remarked, "Cooking for these children is my life. Every day I ask for strength. I can't not be here. God planned it this way."

We're so grateful we had the chance to visit this happy, inspiring place. Once again, we witnessed the power that you have because you truly live the 4Life® mission of Together, Building People®. Thank you!

David and Bianca Lisonbee visit Nkosi's Haven 4Life Farm with 4Life President Steve Tew and his wife Sherma.

This little girl can't wait to try on her new pajamas!