It is estimated that there are 14.8 million orphans in sub-Saharan Africa. 1.9 million live in South Africa.

Many of these children are AIDS orphans or have been abandoned. Many live in great poverty in informal settlements. Some head up families of their siblings together with other children. Some live alone, without shelter, in hills and dumps around the cities.

In southern Africa, they refer to these children as OVC’s – orphaned or vulnerable children. While other children’s charities work hard to provide food and shelter for them, we aim to provide warmth and comfort.

The knit-a-square project was started as a family project in 2008 and is now a world-wide community numbering an estimated 12,000 people in 54 countries round the world.

Together we work hard to help warm and comfort the children and we’d greatly value your contribution to this knitting project for the AIDS orphans of southern Africa. We ask the world’s knitters and crocheters to send 8″/20 cm squares to South Africa, where we have them sewn into blankets for the children.


As a volunteer organisation, we would be deeply appreciative for your support. This will help us continue our grassroots movement to raise awareness of the AIDS orphans’ plight, as well as keeping them warm, especially those who are themselves affected by HIV/AIDS.

Every square that is sent goes into a blanket

At its heart, knit-a-square really is a simple crochet and knitting for charity project. To make and send 8″x 8″ (20cm) squares takes little time, costs little and DOES make a difference, all while you do what you love – knitting and crocheting.


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