The inspiration behind abantu
In summer 2004 whilst in France I read God's Golden Acre, the autobiography of Heather Reynolds. It told the story of how one woman made a huge difference, by changing the lives of so many children orphaned from Aids in the deprived area of the Valley of a Thousand Hills, located between Durban and Pietermaritzburg in South Africa.
Heather and her husband, Patrick, dedicated their entire lives & savings to the orphanage, fighting the AIDS pandemic. They faced financial ruin, white and black prejudice, indifference, cruelty and a bureaucracy overwhelmed by need. Often there was not enough to eat. Yet time and again, through a series of miracles, and Heather's resolute faith, donors stepped in touched by the spirit of Awethu - the Zulu word for "Our Mother".