The Woza Moya Project was initiated
in 2000, at the Buddhist Retreat Centre.
An HIV/AIDS community care and support Programme, situated in rural
Kwazulu-Natal, South Africa, providing services in the areas of Home
Based Care, Orphan Intervention and Food Security.
The Dharmagiri Trust (namely
Kittisaro and Thanissara, the guiding teachers at the Buddhist Retreat
Centre) undertook to establish, guide and support the project. Louis and
Chrisi van Loon ( the owners of the Buddhist Retreat Centre ) offered
board and lodging at the center to project manager Sue Hedden. The
launching of the project was made possible to a large extent by the The
San Francisco Sangha and the Libra Foundation, from the UK.
Maxine Linnell, a therapist
from the Karuna Institute in the UK, offered a counseling course for the
volunteers at the beginning of 2002. This was a very special and
enriching experience for all participants, many of whom continue to
reflect on this process, still today.
We also received our
certificate of registration from the Department of Social development
from Pretoria and are now officially a non-profit organization. This
should make it easier for potential donors to support our special
In April 2002 Thanissara launched her poetry book, "Garden of the
Midnight Rosary", in Durban, at Louis and Chrisi van Loon's home.
Thanissara offered the evening as a benefit for the Woza Moya Crisis
Support Fund. The evening was a great success with the proceeds going
towards helping two children in the Chibini community, Mhlonishwa and
An annual event on the Woza
Moya calendar is the yearly Christmas party for the children of Chibini
hosted at the Buddhist Retreat Centre. To this hundreds of children turn
up, along with the local dignitaries, the volunteers and many others. A
BRC employee plays a warm and jovial Father Christmas giving gifts to
all the delighted children.
Woza Moya Project
PO Box 847
Kwazulu - Natal
Tel: 039 - 834 0023
Fax: 039 - 834 0023
Cell: 072 1933 945
The sound of the rural zulu
people praying and singing in the Ufafa
has over the years touched many hearts. In November 2003 the
Woza Moya Team
came together to produce this CD in order to raise funds for their work
in a community severely affected by the AIDS pandemic in