Imagine your child living on the streets in a big city, sleeping in doorways or bushes, begging at busy junctions, sniffing glue to numb the pain. This is the reality for hundreds of children in Durban, South Africa, many of whom are HIV+ and Aids orphans. Tom and Mandi recount their work among forgotten children of the new South Africa.
Tom Hewitt is director of International Streetchildren for Amos Trust. He is studying theology and politics at the University of San Francisco, but remains close to the work in Durban where he lives between studies.
Mandisa Ngantweni-Hewitt has worked to help street children in South Africa for some time. She is now studying at the University of San Francisco and maintaining her community links in South Africa.