Israeli embassy in South Africa adopts orphanage

Thursday, December 21, 2006 |  by Staff Writer
In a surprising and humanitarian move, the Israeli embassy in Johannesburg, South Africa, has decided to adopt a local orphanage where half of the children are infected with HIV.

The embassy decided to surprise the children and bought them Christmas gifts such as toys, candy, and other necessities. In addition, the embassy donated to the orphanage some old equipment, including a television set, VCR, and other office supplies.

The ambassador surprised some of the children and brought eight of them to the embassy for a day of fun and recreation, including playing a game of soccer with the embassy staff and eating sufganiyot (donuts for Hanukkah).

The Sitebale orphanage is located in a black shantytown on the outskirts of Johannesburg and is a shelter for more than 100 children who were victims of exploitation, neglect, and human trafficking.

There are 85 children in the orphanage, ranging from ages 2 to 15.

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