Three quarters of the residents in Khayelitsha live in tin shacks without plumbing and the HIV rate is reported to be 40%. The racial makeup is 100% black. On December 31, 2014 Stix Together had the opportunity to visit a Khayelitsha orphanage called Baphumelele. In 1989, Rosalia Mashale began taking in neglected and abandoned children and today she has over 200 children in her care. We were able to spend the day with Rosie and the children and we brought school supplies, clothing, dental kits and lacrosse sticks. We had a great time getting to know these kids and they took to lacrosse right away. Thankfully, Rosie represents people in this world who are willing to go the extra mile and do the work that needs to be done. Seeing is believing.
Thanks to Rosie, the children of Baphumelele, our corporate donors and our friends. A special thanks to our cousins Jack and Matt, who at 10 and 9 years old solicited donations and visited Baphumelele with us. They have joined the Stix Together family and we couldn't be happier!
-Evan and Regan