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Mapetla Care Center

  • Darren Taylor
A school for Soweto children whose parents are overwhelmed by disease
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Children at Soweto's Mapetla Care Center are showered with love by their teachers. Many were left behind when their parents died in South Africa epidemics. (Photo by Darren Taylor)
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Children at Soweto's Mapetla Care Center are showered with love by their teachers. Many were left behind when their parents died in South Africa epidemics. (Photo by Darren Taylor)

'I like the children like my own children," a teacher says. 'I’m not teaching them; I’m developing them!” she exclaims. “I love them … I like their noises!” (Photo by Darren Taylor)
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'I like the children like my own children," a teacher says. 'I’m not teaching them; I’m developing them!” she exclaims. “I love them … I like their noises!” (Photo by Darren Taylor)

Principal Lucky Pekane gives anti-retroviral syrup to an HIV-infected child. Many of her students were orphaned by infectious diseases such as HIV.  (Photo by Darren Taylor)
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Principal Lucky Pekane gives anti-retroviral syrup to an HIV-infected child. Many of her students were orphaned by infectious diseases such as HIV.  (Photo by Darren Taylor)

In their art, Pekane sees visual hints of problems some of the children experience at home:  blood flowing in a red stream from a figure spread-eagled on grass, another holding what looks like a jagged knife. (Photo by Darren Taylor)
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In their art, Pekane sees visual hints of problems some of the children experience at home:  blood flowing in a red stream from a figure spread-eagled on grass, another holding what looks like a jagged knife. (Photo by Darren Taylor)

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