Nkosi’s Haven, Johannesburg, South Africa
Visionary Gail Johnson has headed up Nkosi’s Haven for the past 18 years. The home for HIV + orphans and HIV+ mothers was named after Nkosi Johnson, who passed away in 2001 from AIDS. Nkosi was a hero for being a fierce child activist working with Gail, his adoptive Mother, to ensure HIV+ children could go to school in his native South Africa. His vision for a home that would look after mothers and their children who were HIV+ without discrimination or prejudice.
Nkosi’s Haven is home to up to 150 HIV+ orphans and mothers and children. The children all attend school and receive the greatest care making sure they adhere to their medication providing balanced meals and nutrition. Nkosi’s is a close-knit family with Gail at the helm ensuring all the children get her attention, love and support along with the many fully trained staff who are able to support the children’s emotional and psychological well-being.
Striving to become a prototype for holistic care for women and children affected by HIV/AIDS Gail has fought to develop and expand the home and ensure that the mothers learn how to live with AIDS and not die from it. Gail has built a happy and energetic community where children can develop and become self-confident, mature and responsible members of their community.
The best outcome for the child is always a healthy happy mom.