South African Medical Expeditions began in 2004 with volunteers who travelled to South Africa to provide medical services to children orphaned by HIV/AIDS, finding that the children were also infected with HIV. They provide daily love, food, medical care and HIV testing and other medical treatment to orphans and vulnerable children.
SAME’s focus is primarily on impoverished and/or HIV/AIDS infected children. SAME’s target areas are the impoverished rural primary schools and communities of Timbavati and Sigagula, east of Acornhoek, in Mpumalanga Province, South Africa.
SAME’s strategy is simple. They network in communities to identify the caregiver that loves these little ones and who is taking care of them – maybe an older sibling, grandmother or neighbour. They provide assistance and education to caregivers so that they can better care for the little ones.
SAME has established and maintains a passionate, caring, competent, and trusted organization that effectively cares for orphans and other vulnerable children in their communities and which provides opportunities for others to effectively help.
SAME identifies needs, identifies existing local people and organizations that are meeting needs, establishes local relationships and helps the local South African people do it better.