Vilane: After becoming the first black African to reach the summit of Mount
Everest in 2003, Sibusiso Vilane took on the world’s tallest mountain peak for
the second time to raise funds for Southern African charities. He climbed with
fellow South African Alex Harris and world-renowned explorer Sir Ranulph
Fiennes. Vilane and Harris left Johannesburg on the 24th March for the
Himalayas via London and reached the summit again in June. The expedition was
in aid of charities such as the Birth to Twenty Research Programme at Wits
University, the Africa Foundation and the SOS Children's Village in Swaziland.
Other sponsors of his include; Anglo American, Cape Union Mart and Batsalani.
Twenty: Bt20 is representative of children living in Johannesburg-Soweto over
time - children that grow up in homes of clapboard and zinc, a curtained area
in an inner city high rise, a newly acquired home in Eldorado Park, or an
elite townhouse in Hyde Park. The overarching vision of Bt20 is to understand
the holistic determination of child and adolescent health and development
within Johannesburg-Soweto. This complex study continually impacts on current
thinking about youth, and is committed to scientific research that makes a
difference. The study documents and explores the socio-economic,
socio-political, demographic and nutrition transition that is underway within
South Africa and its impact on children and their families.
Foundation: Africa Foundation is an independent registered non-profit
organisation in South Africa and has Public Benefit Organisation (PBO) status.
They have allied tax-exempt organisations in the United Kingdom (Africa
Foundation – United Kingdom) and the United States of America (Friends of
Africa Foundation). They are governed by an independent Board of Trustees, and
have been audited annually by KPMG since their inception in 1992. Africa
Foundation’s primary focus is on Education, Health Care and Income-Generating
Children’s Village (Swaziland): The official go-ahead for the work of SOS
Children's Villages in Swaziland came in December 1986 after the signing of a
government agreement between SOS-Kinderdorf International and the Kingdom of
Swaziland. On 17 August 1987 the local SOS Children's Village Association "SOS
Children's Villages Swaziland" was registered and construction of the first
SOS Children's Village in Mbabane, the capital city of Swaziland, began in the
following autumn. In the years to come additional SOS Children's Village
Facilities were established in Mbabane and in Nhlangano in the south of the
prominent supporter of the SOS Children's Village work in Swaziland is King
Mswati III, who in 1998 took over the official patronage for all SOS
Children's Village Facilities in his country.
there are two SOS Children's Villages, one SOS Youth Facility, two SOS
Kindergartens, two SOS Hermann Gmeiner Schools, one SOS Social Centre and two
SOS Medical Centres in Swaziland.
Vilane, a 34-year-old game ranger, father of three and native of South Africa
and Swazi, became the first black man to summit Mount Everest. The goal of Vilane’s climb this year is to raise money for three children's charities: The
Birth to Twenty Research Programme at Wits University, the Africa Foundation
and the SOS Children's Village in Swaziland. Vilane will be climbing with
South African Alex Harris and world-renowned explorer Sir Ranulph Fiennes.
When Vilane returns from his climb he hopes to be more involved in public
speaking—specifically to motivate and inspire children.
Undaunted by a full day in Everest’s “death zone” Vilane was
reported still elated by his experiences atop Everest when he touched down at
London’s Heathrow Airport. He spent some time resting in Britain before
returning to a hero’s welcome in South Africa
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