Even though we were willing to pay all our own expenses, it was hard to find an organization that would accept us. The issues were; length of time, bringing children on the mission, not having a medical background, etc. Finally, someone suggested to us to call the Catholic Archdioceses. When we contacted the Archdioceses, they were more than happy to have us and said “how soon can you come?” They informed us that they had an abundant need in several different organizations and they would keep working with us until it was the “right fit.”

In December 1999 we were off to Africa. Our base was Cape Town, South Africa. The city was breathtaking but sadly, mainly only whites lived there. We rented a small home but now we needed to find a place to spend the next four months lending our hands. The beautiful homes and scenery were quickly gone when we entered the areas of the different organizations. The most emotional visit by far was an orphanage of children with HIV or AIDS disease. None of us will ever forget the several hours we spent interacting with these little angels. We would have loved to volunteer here but when Sister told us that 1 to 3 babies and/or young children die a month we knew that would be too emotional for our kids and honestly for us too. - See more at: http://www.gogreengiraffe.com/our-story#sthash.gU6VQ0Xv.dpuf

n 1999 we sold our business and some properties and discussed what’s next? Kay and I love to travel; we embrace the unknown, sometimes to the chagrin of our parents. We always wanted to do a mission trip that would expose our 10 and 12 year old children to a 3rd World culture. We decided on Africa and made South Africa our place of interest since it was the safest country in Africa. Initially our kids were dead against it, missing friends, eating strange food, and unlike Kay and I, the “unknown” was probably their greatest fear.

Even though we were willing to pay all our own expenses, it was hard to find an organization that would accept us. The issues were; length of time, bringing children on the mission, not having a medical background, etc. Finally, someone suggested to us to call the Catholic Archdioceses. When we contacted the Archdioceses, they were more than happy to have us and said “how soon can you come?” They informed us that they had an abundant need in several different organizations and they would keep working with us until it was the “right fit.”

In December 1999 we were off to Africa. Our base was Cape Town, South Africa. The city was breathtaking but sadly, mainly only whites lived there. We rented a small home but now we needed to find a place to spend the next four months lending our hands. The beautiful homes and scenery were quickly gone when we entered the areas of the different organizations. The most emotional visit by far was an orphanage of children with HIV or AIDS disease. None of us will ever forget the several hours we spent interacting with these little angels. We would have loved to volunteer here but when Sister told us that 1 to 3 babies and/or young children die a month we knew that would be too emotional for our kids and honestly for us too. - See more at:
http://www.gogreengiraffe.com/our-story#sthash.gU...