The second project of the Sandton Rotary Club that Rtn. Graham Katzellenbogen took me to was the Itsoseng Clinic. Itsoseng is a shanty town in Johannesburg and like most other such informal settlements, the living conditions are squalid, with no running water and minimal sanitation facilities. The incidence of HIV/AIDS is high. In partnership with and donations from other RCs in Texas and UK, the Sandton RC established a foothold in this place using modified containers as clinics and treatment centers. The healthcare professionals volunteer their time and expertise to those living in Itsoseng and any others who show up - nobody is turned away. The Sandton RC also provides a makeshift library in one of the converted containers with books donated in honor of each invited speaker to the club.

Image In addition, the club converted one of the containers into a Kids Club for children ages 3-17 years. Several orphans are sponsored fully by the club's Education Fund and individual members so that they may get an education and better their lives. This is truly investing in the future of the country. For more information on this project, please visit:

You can view more pictures from this visit via a link in the Photo Journals section below right.