Rob and Debs have been serving God in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa since April 2003. The district has the highest infection rate of HIV in the world, amounting to 42% of the local population
Rob co-founded a project involved in Orphan Care since up to 7 out of 10 children are either orphaned, HIV+ or living with a chronically sick HIV+ caregiver or parent. Latterly he worked as Technical Director of the organisation with a team of 86 staff serving over 25000 children a year advising on health care, grant advice, identity documentation and security. It has been very emotionally involving work wwith hours of counselling dealing with the fallout and with family breakdown.
Rob is now moving on to set up a project for children, youth and young adults working and living off the streets – all affected by HIV and poverty with absolutely no support.. More details to come soon, meanwhile here’s a picture of the family.