Tag Archives: Africa

Nyota… Empowering lives of children.

15 Nov

Situated in the Great Rift Valley in rural Kenya, near Nakuru and approximately two hours northwest of Nairobi, Nyota provides a nurturing home and learning environment up to 50 children who have lost their parents due to AIDs or other tragedies.

Nyota is Swahili for Star. Our vision is to empower these children to become self-sufficient adults who can in turn help their communities. We want all these children to become “stars” in their own right, and we want to empower them to achieve their dreams and in turn help their communities.

Nyota is a joint project with Mission in Action (MIA). Founded in 2005, MIA operates the Nakuru Baby Orphanage and has legal guardianship of 30 babies and small children who were either orphaned or abandoned with no family to care for them. The baby orphanage was started by Ivan and Mary Budulica, an Australian couple. MIA employs 20 Kenyan staff, providing employment and self-sufficiency to them and their families and benefiting more people from the community.  To learn how to get involved, click on the image!

For those of you in Ontario, check this out…


SOS Hermann Gmeiner School, Mombasa, Kenya

1 Nov

Welcome to the SOS Hermann Gmeiner School in  Mombasa, Kenya.

SOS Children’s Villages places central value on education and works to provide educational assistance to children growing up in children’s villages, those participating in any form of the family strengthening programme, and all vulnerable children and young people in the communities they work in.

Check out the video of my visit to the school on my youtube channel LivingBorderless

or on my Facebook page Yasmene Salhia Around the World.

I hope you ‘like’ it!

Check out the video of my visit to the school on my youtube channel LivingBorderless

or on my Facebook page Yasmene Salhia Around the World.

I hope you ‘like’ it!


11 Oct

This touched my heart …


Each year, more babies are born with HIV in one busy clinic in Africa than in the United States, Canada and England combined.  This is because treatment to prevent HIV infection of newborns in the developed world has essentially eradicated mother-to-child transmission of the virus.

While similarly potent clinical solutions are increasingly becoming available in Africa, the impact and effectiveness for HIV-positive mothers is less successful without complementary social, emotional and psychological support.

mothers2mothers is an innovative mentoring program offering comprehensive support for HIV-positive pregnant women and new mothers.

Sub-Saharan Africa shows the highest statistics of mothers and babies infected and affected by HIV/AIDS. Worldwide, 1% of pregnant women are HIV-positive, 95% of these women live in Sub-Saharan Africa. Without care, about 24% of mothers transmit the virus to their newborns, and each year about 3 million of these children will die from HIV/AIDS-related illnesses.

But preventing the transmission of HIV from a mother to a child is a straightforward medical procedure. Its simplest application, a single dose of medication to a mother during labor and a dose to her infant shortly after birth, can cut transmission risk nearly in half.


Learn more about m2m and how you can help by clicking HERE.

Ubuntu… Langa Township

11 Oct

Ubuntu… I am because we are.

Archbishop Desmond Tutu  explains the meaning of Ubuntu:

“One of the sayings in our country is Ubuntu – the essence of being human. Ubuntu speaks particularly about the fact that you can’t exist as a human being in isolation. It speaks about our interconnectedness. You can’t be human all by yourself, and when you have this quality – Ubuntu – you are known for your generosity.

We think of ourselves far too frequently as just individuals, separated from one another, whereas you are connected and what you do affects the whole world. When you do well, it spreads out; it is for the whole of humanity.”

Welcome to Langa, a suburb of Cape Town, established in 1923.  Langa is the oldest township in Cape Town and one of the many areas in South Africa that was designated for Black Africans before the apartheid era, some call it a ‘dumping ground’ for those forced out of their District 6 homes to make way for ‘whites’.  It was the location of much resistance to apartheid.

Today, in a country where an estimated 12% are infected with HIV/AIDS and about 25% of the population is unemployed, living on a little more than a dollar a day, most families crowd into one room shacks made from scraps, and 1000’s share rows of communal toilets.

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What could I do today to put a SMILE on some faces?

A light bulb went off in my head as I learned from a local that the residents of Langa pay 20 Rand (about $2.90) for their monthly electricity bill.  I handed out a 20 Rand bill to 80 mothers that day.  Some thought that I was crazy, some smiled shyly, and some even hugged me.  Not only did I learn what the word ubuntu meant that day, I felt it.

80 people share this communal sink in a dormitory.

Please click on the CHARITY WATER box (on the right) to help bring clean water to those in need.

It is free and just takes a few moments of your time.

Flying High over Cape Town, South Africa

8 Sep

Adios Argentina! Te echare de menos!

Overnight flight to Cape Town, South Africa!

I collected all first class passengers toiletry bags and gave them out to people I met in the townships.

I will post more about my amazing days in the townships soon.

Lots of video and SMILES!

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