Anir has been leading educational programs to South Africa since
1997 and volunteer programs since 2002 and now offering medical
service trips to 3rd & 4th year medical students and medical
Anir Experience volunteer programs include enhanced Habitat for
Humanity build (enhanced means cultural experiences before and after the
build), and individual volunteering in the Townships, working with orphans
and people dealing with HIV&AIDS
program of the Anglican Church in Cape Town, South Africa. Fikelela
was founded in 2000 with the vision to provide an active Christian
response to the HIV/AIDS pandemic in South Africa. Their mission is to
mobilize the Anglican community (and the community at-large) to make
a sustained positive contribution to the reduction of new HIV infections
and to drive HIV/AIDS education and care in partnership with others.
Fikelela has a number of programs throughout the Western Cape
Community, Heaven’s Nest and The Fikelela children’s Centre which
care for abandoned and orphaned children, and community outreach
and HIV/AIDS support and counseling groups in addition to their
Anir Experience work’s with Beverley Hendricks, Fikelela program
administrator, supplying volunteers to live, on a short term basis (2-weeks to 3-
months), at Heaven’s Nest, assisting the local foster care team with caring for
orphaned children. Beverley also conducts HIV/AIDS training for all Anir interns
and volunteer groups.
University of Cape Town/Cape Technikon Dept Community Health
Anir Experience is working with Ashraf Mohammed Director of UCTT
HIV/AIDS student support center (who has been lauded by the world's
largest community service organization, the Lions Club, and by the
World Health Organization and the Center for Disease Control, for his
study on TB and HIV); Anir will be supplying UCTT with research
volunteers, peer counselors and interns to do community outreach on
their HIV mobile unit which focuses on both the Muslim community and
everyone, no matter their culture, in the university system of the
In 1989, Rosalia Mashale, “Rosie” to those around her, a
trained primary school teacher, moved from the Eastern
Cape to the township Khayelitsha in the Western Cape
Province of South Africa near Cape Town.
Rosie was disturbed to see young children going through
the rubbish dump in search for food while their parents
were away during the day, either at work or in search of
work, or without parents at all. She responded by taking
children into her home, and together with a group of
women from the community, began looking after these
unsupervised children. After the first week, 36 children
had joined their charge; there are now over 130 children
who live with Rosie and look to her and her staff and
volunteers for care and love.
Rosie’s project is entitled Baphumelele (pronounced: bah-
poo-meh-LAY-lay), a Xhosa word meaning “progress”; and
progress she has made. From the beginning of one house
for 36-50 children, Bahpumehlelel has grown, there is now
the Baphumelele Educare Center established as a
community crèche (preschool) caring for roughly 230
children aged three months to six years, the Baphumelele
Children’s Home which is a place of safety for abandoned,
abused, neglected or orphaned children, most of whom
are either infected with or affected by HIV/AIDS. In the
community Baphumelele is very active in HIV/AIDS
education and caring for adults as well, there is the
Baphumelele HIV Respite Care Center, Rosie’s Kitchen (for
feeding those in need no matter what age), and the
creation of entrepreneurship programs offering job
Through the hard work, determination and help of the
community and overseas friends, Baphumelele has
developed into a thriving community project. In addition to
the Children's Home, Educare Centre, and Respite Care
Center, today Baphumelele encompasses other
community outreach initiatives such as: Baphumelele
Woodwork Shop and Baphumelele Second-Hand Shop.
Anir Experience is working with Simphiwe Mabuya,
Baphumelele’s Administrator, on four projects:
A. Supplying North American volunteers to work in: 1.
the Educare Center spending time and giving love and
much needed attention to young children who have been
abused, neglected or orphaned, 2.Rosie’s Kitchen helping
supply at least one good hot meal a day to those in need, 3.
teacher’s and tutors, 4. HIV/AIDS educators to help
educated the community, 5. Skilled crafts persons and
business savvy persons to help with job training.
B. WOZA Soccer Camps for international youth to join
in the spirit of the World Cup by playing and interacting
with the children of Baphumelele through soccer.
C. Refurbishing homes of respite care clients, bringing
the homes up to livable standards.
D. The development of a crafts program using recycled
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