Welcome to Botshabelo.

Founded in December 1990, Botshabelo Community Development Trust, Magaliesburg, is a rural community made up of a school, orphanage, medical clinic and village. We care for children whose families can't afford to care for them and those orphaned by HIV/AIDS. Some of our children are living with HIV as well.

Our philosophy is to help anyone who needs it, regardless of background or age. We can't turn away anyone who comes to us for help, whether they are an adult, a child, or even an animal. As a result, our village is now home to about 1,000 men, women and children, plus a few dogs, cats, and snakes.

Learn more about Botshabelo’s history and vision.

...while we are together, we can endure

Our goal is to be the model African village, one that works together for sustainable and communal growth.

  • Our orphanage houses and cares for more than 250 children.
  • Our children are educated at the Botshabelo school with opportunities to learn skills that will help them lead productive lives.
  • We have a village of men, women and families, including former students of our school.
  • Our small medical clinic provides care to all Botshabelo residents in need.
  • We have plans for a number of business initiatives that will give our residents the opportunity to work.

Learn more about our goals and what we do to reach them.

Our small community is situated in the rural grasslands of the Gauteng Province in South Africa. We are about 100 kilometers (62 miles) northwest of Johannesburg (a two-hour drive by car).

Our country has moved beyond its turbulent past, but the transition from apartheid to unity and freedom remains a work in progress. We are one of the most diverse countries in the world, home to many races and ethnic groups with 11 official languages and a vast economic spectrum.

Many bold and progressive changes have taken place since apartheid's end in 1994, but South Africa still faces many critical issues, especially rampant poverty and the AIDS epidemic.

Botshabelo is part of the fight against both.

Learn more about South Africa and its history.