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Response from South Africa

E-mail 4/5/03 from Franci Hannaway, Unit Commander of the Child Protection Unit, Port Shepstone:    

"We were really delighted to receive the lovely knitted teddy bears....On behalf of my staff and the children of our country I want to thank each and everyone of you ladies for all the hard work to first knit and then send these adorable teddies half way around the world for abused children from our country.  God blesses each and everyone of you."


E-mail 6/28/03 from Franci Hannaway:    

"The way the faces of the children light up when receiving a teddy bear is something a person can treasure for life.  They love your teddy bears, hold them tight to their tiny little chests, hug and kiss them.  Please convey their and my gratitude to all the knitters."


E-mail 1/16/04 from Kevin Winge, Zwane Community Center:    

"Everyone who receives these bears have been delighted - parents just as much as children.  It's a wonderful way to meet people, develop trust and start to create relationships.  The impact a teddy bear can have should not be underestimated."


E-mail 10/19/07 from Phil Lilienthal, Global Camps Africa

"Thanks for your marvelous support.  At camp where we want to make sure that the children are coming to camp for the values we give and not for material things, your bears are the only material thing we give them, other than a t-shirt and a hat.  They are, as you know, not seen only as dolls or toys, but provide a spirituality and warmth that the children are too often missing in their lives at home.  Although we have not yet had the pleasure of meeting you, we see you as our partner in providing warmth, security and love to the 400 girls who go through our program each year."

See articles from South African Newspaper on donations from USA and Mother Bear Project.




Where do the Bears Go?
South Africa

  • Alexandra Children's Home - Alexandra

  • Sparrow Rainbow Village - an HIV/AIDS hospice care facility - Gauteng

  • Nkosi's Haven - For HIV infected mothers and their children to ensure they are able to live in an environment of acceptance and understanding - Johannesburg

  • Cotlands - orphanage for children affected by HIV/AIDS - Johannesburg

  • Johannesburg Children's Home - Johannesburg

  • Refilwe Orphanage - Johannesburg

  • Orlando Children's Home - Orlando

  • Child Protection Unit - where crimes of baby/child rape are reported. Six other Child Protection Units in this province have also received the bears - Port Shepstone, KwaZulu-Natal.   See article from South African Newspaper.

  • Golden Girls - This home provides basic care to children with HIV/AIDS, children orphaned by HIV/AIDS, children with serious mental and physical challenges, as well as other children who have simply been "discarded" by their families or communities - Llanga Township
  • Ingwavuma Orphan Care - Ingwavuma

  • Camp Sizanani - Global Camps Africa is changing he world one child at a time by providing a camp experience for children affected by HIV/AIDS in South Africa - Magaliesburg

  • Malungeni - A village located in rural South Africa, about 3 kilometers from Umtata.  This is one of the poorest areas in all of South Africa.  Bears were distributed to village children at a community meal in November 2003.

  • Canzibe Hospital and Clinic - Malungeni

  • Zwane Community Center - Provides a variety of services and programs including activities for children infected with HIV/AIDS and affected by HIV/AIDS; and after-school program to assist children with homework; HIV/AIDS training and education for adults; a hospice for people living with HIV/AIDS and cancer and a meal program for adults and children living with HIV/AIDS. - Guguletu Township

  • Teddy Bear Clinic for Abused Children - Johannesburg

  • Johannesburg Hospital HIV Pediatrics - Johannesburg

  • Philani Centre - Kayalitsha

  • AFXB Youth Program - Witbank

  • Children's ward at a hospital in Witbank

  • Hope of the Nation - Witbank

  • Red Cross Children's Hospital - Capetown

  • Nokuthula - A home for abandoned children from the ages of 0-15 - Alexandra

  • Bophelo Home Based Care - Soweto

  • Hope Orphanage Shelter - Soweto

  • Orlando Afterschool - Soweto

  • Teddy Bear Clinic for Abused Children - Soweto

  • Tumelo Child Care

  • Mapetia Day Care Centre, Diepkloof Soweto

  • Siphoshihle Disable Center - Witbank

  • Ditau Primary - Orlando/Soweto

  • Bapedi School - Deipkloof/Soweto

  • Fine Town Orphanage - Johannesburg

  • TARA Orphanage - Alexandra

  • Orphans and Vulnerable Children at Old Apostolic Church of South Africe - Witbank

  • Siberia and Lomanyaneng Community Kids Project - Mafikeng

  • Johannesburg Hospital - Johannesburg

  • Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital - Soweto

  • Nkosinothando Feeding Scheem - Bramfisher

  • Camp Bambanani (Going Forward Together) - Durban, South Africa

  • Child Welfare Office - Graskop, Mpumalanga

  • Soweto, Johannesburg

  • Informal settlements of Motsoaledi, Kliptown and Freedom Park

  • Bears were distributed to the orphans and vulnerable children at Seitsang Primary School and Shupu Primary School - Tlhakgameng

  • Mabulele Elementary School - Driekop, Mpumalanga

  • Child Welfare Graskop - Mpumalanga

  • Emmanuel Church Creche (preschool) - Glory Hill, Graskop

  • Mondos Creche - Glory Hill, Graskop

  • The Hostels Creche - Graskop

  • Kgotsoro Primary School - Seirappies

  • Local Creche (daycare) - Seirappies

  • Mahlahluvana Primary - Dumphries A & B

  • Welani Primary - Dumphries A & B

  • Siboniwe Primary School - KwaMhlanga

  • Lenkwane La Maphiri Drop-in Centre - Seleteng Village

  • Kresh (Pre-Kindergarten) at Thimiselini and Ekuphakameni Schools - Dundonald

  • Tonga Hospital - Mpumalanga

  • Mbuzini Clinic - Mpumalanga

  • Thandisizwe Home Based Care OVC Drop-in Centre - Mpumalanga

  • Holy Trinity OVC Drop-in Centre - Nhlazatshe, Mpumalanga

  • Molema Memorial Primary School – Mmabatho

  • BM Mokitime Primary School – Mmabatho

  • God Is Love Pre-School – Moretsele Village, Jane Furse

  • Makoragane Pre-School – Dichoeung Village, Jane Furse

  • Drop-In Centers in Mashishing Village and Maswielong Village, Jane Furse

  • Alice’s Creche (Daycare) – Vergelegen C, Jane Furse

  • Hosanna Community Projects – Hazyview, Mpumalanga Province

  • Khulamlambo Primary School -Durban

  • Shayindlovu Primary School - Bhaca

  • Thandisizwe Home-Based Care -Mbuzini

  • Gugulethu Creche - Ndindindi

  • Sinozwelo Resource Centre - Tugela Ferry

  • Philanjalo Care Centre - Tugela Ferry

  • Khayelisha Care Centre- Tugela Ferry

  • Siyanakekela Community Care Centre - Weenen

  • Dwarsriver AIDS Response Drop-In Centre - Ga-Ramatjowe

  • Tshumisano Drop-In Centre - Mashishimale Village

  • Goba Primary School and Goba Pre-School

  • Senzangothando Home Based Care - Goba Village

  • Amangwe Village Home Based Care - Amangwe Village

  • Ubombo Drop-In Centre - Jozini, Kwa-Zulu Natal

  • Tzaneen Laerskool - Tzaneen

  • ProGroup Foundation (counseling organization) - Tzaneen

  • Rooikoppies Primary School - Rooikoppies

  • Madumeleng Drop-In Centre - Madjadji

  • Holy Trinity OVC Drop-In Centre - Nhlazatshe, Mpumalanga

  • Bhekuzulu Self Sufficient Project - Bhekuzulu Area, Draycott

  • Usizolwethu Community Care Centre
    - Durnacol, Kwa-Zulu Natal

  • Shayindlovu Primary School - Bhaca, Durban

  • Creche - New Village

  • Zigna Community Home Based Care – Ludlow Village, Mpumalanga\

  • Ithembalesizwe “Hope for the Nation” Community Care Centre – Mtubatuba

  • Ekuphileni Drop In Centre – Emjindini, Mpumalanga

  • Ekhiyeni Primary School – Emjindini, Mpumalanga

  • Cwembe Halfway House (Orphan Center) – Matiwayeskop, KwaZulu Natal

  • Vaiyisi Halfway House (Orphan Center) – Matiwaneskop, KwaZulu Natal

  • Kwanele “Enough” (Home Based Care Project) – Masotsheni

  • Tshumisano Drop In Centre – Mashishimale

  • Siboniwe Primary  School – Phola Park Informal Settlement

  • CHoiCe Trust Hospice – Tzaneen, Limpopo

  • House of Safety – Lyttleton, Pretoria

  • Love and Care Drop-In Center – Tjakastad, Mpumalanga

  • Fairview Primary – Emjindini, Mpumalanga

  • Amons Nkosi Primary – Emjindini, Mpumalanga

  • Mmitsatshipi Primary – Garuele, Northern Cape

  • Gantatelang Primary School – Gantatelang Village, Northern Cape

  • Thipe Primary School – Makapanstad

  • Dikeledi Makapan Primary School – Makapanstad

  • Home based care unit of local  clinic – Loopeng

  • Kwa Hilda Ongcwele Community Care Center – Osizweni

  • Creche and Maikaelelo Intermediate School - Magojaneng

  • Thutlwane Creche – Thutlwane Village

  • Re Mmoga Day Care Center - Pudimoe

  • Washington Village Orphan and Vulnerable Children Center - Washington Village

  • Boitshireletso Primary School – Washington Village

  • Buhlebemfundo Primary School – Bundu

  • Jabulani Creche – Bundu

  • Creche/Preschool – Dumphries A village

  • Orphans Homes sponsored by Ulusaba Pride n’ Purpose – Dumphries B

  • Bavaria Creche –Bavaria Farm near Hoedspruit

  • H.H. Thiele Primary School – Bavaria Farm

  • Mariepskop Creche – Westfalia Farm near Hoedspruit

  • St. Phillips Primary School - Ndumo

  • Samkelo Preschool – Steenbok, Eastern Mpumalanga

  • Sisters of Charity – near Phillani

  • Mitchell Plains Clinic – near Guguletu

  • Conzebi Hospital – near Umtata

  • Itippini – settlement outside of Umtata

  • BK Monchusi Creche – Thutlwane Village

  • Ikageng Early Learning Center – Pudimoe

  • Remmogo Day Care Center - Pudimoe

  • St. Phillips Primary School – Ndumo

  • Ipetlontle Pre-School – Magojareng

  • Nogaga Primary School – Isibin

  • Hluvukani OVC – Steenbok

  • Tembalethu Educare - Imbuzini

  • Mhwayi Primary School – Clau-Clau

  • Uthando Community Care Centre - Shikishela Reserve

  • Thuthuzela – Alexandra Township, Johannesburg

  • Lamagadlela Primary School – Elukwatini

  • Qedusizi Community Drop in Centre for OVC’s – Mzinti

  • Hi ri Swin’we va ta Hola Drop-In Centre – Mavalani Village, Limpopo Province

  • William Booth Primary School - Mountain View Settlement

  • Pendla Primary School - Port Elizabeth

  • Lamagadlela Primary School - Elukwatini

  • Vulamehlo - Khathani

  • Lighthouse Baby Day Care and Creche - Khathani

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