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NextAid is a Los Angeles-based non-profit organization committed to developing and implementing solutions to the challenges facing African children impacted by the AIDS pandemic. NextAid's mission is to advocate environmentally sustainable and economically empowering responses to the AIDS orphan crisis through technology, the arts, public education projects, and community building. NextAid collaborates with businesses and nonprofits to produce creative, culturally-rich, awareness-raising projects and music events. Through grass-roots and community-driven efforts, NextAid provides opportunities for concerned individuals to make a tangible difference in the lives of African children in need.
Our flagship project is successfully underway in a poor rural town called Dennilton, two hours northeast of Johannesburg. Working with a renowned ecological architect and experienced natural builders, NextAid broke ground in July 2005 with an earth-bag building workshop, kicking off the construction of the Dennilton center for Youth with a Vision (YWAV). Now 6 buildings and supporting structures are completed on site including a performance space, composting toilets, outdoor energy-efficient kitchen and seating area, 2 earth-bag offices, and a straw bale children's house. The center will serve as a safe home for 50 children orphaned by AIDS, a multi-purpose center for the greater community, and a model for future projects throughout Africa.
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