Mangiwe, Sikule, and Anatale, age 4.
The Amelia Project is dedicated to improving the quality of life for Amelia Poswa and her children

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Amelia Poswa lives in the township of Mfuleni, just outside of Cape Town, South Africa. In 1974, after her own children were raised, Mama Amelia started taking in homeless children after she saw a child eating from a rubbish bin in her neighborhood. Over the years she has given a safe home to hundreds of children, from newborns to young adults, taking in children who have been orphaned, abandoned, or mistreated. She instills hope, encourages pride, and gives love to each child she cares for. Mama Amelia currently has over 100 children living with her in her home, "Sakhumzi Center," which means "building a shelter" in Xhosa, the native language for Mama Amelia and her children.

The Amelia Project is dedicated to improving the quality of life for Amelia Poswa and her children by meeting their daily needs, promoting educational opportunities, and supporting the long-term goal of building a new house that provides adequate sleeping quarters, agricultural opportunity, and spaces for working and playing and creating an environment which will better support their physical needs and serve their emotional, spiritual and moral growth.

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