At the Jacaranda School for Orphans, over 400 children who have lost their families due to AIDS live and learn.
The aim of the Jacaranda Foundation is to provide free education to orphaned children, educate them about HIV/AIDS, and support them with healthcare services and daily meals. Volunteers assist the Jacaranda School for Orphans by offering various extracurricular activities and clubs for the students' leisure, such as music and composition clubs, German club, dance classes, acrobatics club, gender club, film club, and more.
2013/2014 Louisa Grotkamp at Jacaranda-School.
The offerings may vary based on the strengths and interests of the volunteers. Additionally, the volunteers contribute to website development, manage the Facebook page, assist with fundraising, and support other related tasks. There are also various spontaneous activities at the school that the volunteers help with. For instance, at the Blantyre Arts Festival, they regularly perform with the choir of Jacaranda School and sell their own products. Just like Louisa and Franziska.
The Blantyre Arts Festival (BAF), with its various performances, music, art, and theater, has become a significant gathering place where many people reunite. For instance, the members of the aware&fair School Club, along with Coordinator Louis Zulu, who founded the school club during the EU project aware&fair, and Tobias Kunze, who came to the festival upon the recommendation of the Friendship Circle and with the support of the Cultural Office, showcasing his talents.
In 2015, Silvia Hesse visited the two volunteers, Till and Sofia, from Jacaranda School, who were also representing the school at the Blantyre Arts Festival (BAF).
In December 2014 and January 2015, when the catastrophic flood devastated entire regions and left over 100,000 people homeless, Till and Sophia informed the Friendship Circle before the media reported about it. Silvia Hesse wrote a letter to Hannover's Lord Mayor, Stefan Schostock, and asked for assistance in launching a fundraising appeal.
The funds raised through these donations were then forwarded to the Jacaranda School to provide blankets and food for the homeless children and families, and to rebuild housing for the children.
For more information, please refer to Sofia's report on the flood.
Collaboration with the Jacaranda School and VNB