Founded by Sister Abegail Ntleko in Underberg, the Southern Drakensberg of KwaZulu Natal, South Africa, Kulungile is a vibrant and caring space that provides a loving home for children.
At age 32, after facing racial and gender bias and many obstacles to education, Abegail was part way through her nursing training when she adopted her first child. She says:
'Little did I realize this was just the beginning of a force that would shape the rest of my life. Zuzu was a beautiful gift offered to me. She was the first of more than 20 children I would adopt over the next few decades'
In the face of the AIDS pandemic, and the many children left homeless, Abegail at aged 50 (having raised already 4 children) began adopting again. With AIDS still a huge problem in South Africa, Kulungile, provides for almost 20 children of all ages and is a vital resource. It is truly a loving home, where the children and teenagers are a dynamic force! It is wonderful to feel how the love and wisdom of Abegail enables the children to blossom - they respect and care for Abegail as well as each other.
Many of the children have suffered traumas, loss of family, and several have HIV. Abegail works in a very holistic way - supporting education, dance, gardening and caring for each other (just for example) as ways of helping the children to reconnect in themselves and with those around. She also has psychological training which she uses to help the children to process their traumas.
Having moved to a much smaller house with few resources in February 2011, Kulungile has been looking to move to a bigger home. With the support of Dharmagiri Outreach, (www.dharmagiri.org), Kulungile has been fund raising and the excellent news is that, with the funding that has come in, Abegail and her family are about to move to their new home! To see pictures and more information about this, you can look on the page 'Our New Home!'.
On the page 'Empty Hands' you will find news of the book launch recently held in Johannesburg for Abegails biography - and the message of support that came from Archbishop Desmond Tutu for this book, and for Abegail, is a wonderful endorsement of Abegail's life and courage. You can feel more the presence of Abegail through the encouragements, too, of Kittisaro and Andrew Harvey on the page 'Messages of Support'.
Regarding support of Kulungile, it is incredible that Abegail and her family now have their new home. Still, there is the ongoing care and education of the children which always needs attending. If you would like to offer financial support, you are still very welcome to do so by going to the 'Donations' page and following the link there. If you would like to contact us or offer support in any other way, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Have a look at the other pages on this site...and prepare to be inspired as well as deeply moved by some of the stories and amazing presence of Abegail and the children.