Welcome to The Africa Project

The Africa Project was born in the hearts and minds of ordinary citizens who believe in the power of community and the ideals of service. We recognize the talents of our partners in Africa and approach every endeavor we embark on as an opportunity to learn while walking beside our allies.

The Beginning

The Africa Project began on December 2, 2003 after the documentary, AIDS Orphan, Lost Child aired on the Discovery Health Channel at 2:00 o’clock in the morning. This powerful film addresses the AIDS crisis in Africa, focusing on how children are affected by the loss of their parents. It is important to note that at the time, most Americans were uninformed regarding these issues, as we were. In fact, the Oprah Christmas in Africa segment, which helped to raise awareness and generate attention, did not air until later that month. Read More…

The Africa Project visitors during our first trip to Nkandla. Here, we are accompanying Sister Hedwig during a home visit with clients in Babanango, Kwazulu-Natal, South Africa.

The Orphans of Nkandla

The 2003 documentary film, The Orphans of Nkandla inspired our community to act in response to the crisis of AIDS in Africa and its impact on the lives of children there. In 2017, True Vision published this segment from The Orphans of Nkandla on YouTube as part of the RealStories series. The full, updated version (2005) is available on the True Vision website. We hope that you will take the time to watch this important film. After, if you would like to get involved, we hope that you will join us!

The Beginning

By Peggy Goetz, Africa Unfinished

Africa began for me on
a Thursday morning in January,
a discouraging day. No one
wanted a woman my age on a new
project. The phone rang
on my cluttered desk. We need
you, she said, come to Africa,
write about our project. I had
never dreamed of Africa like some,
thought it too dangerous, full of war
and disease, not a continent for me.
Come, she said again, we need you.
Without thought I said, yes.