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Our Inception


Seeds of Light came into being in 2000 when Leslie Temple-Thurston, a South African living in the United States, was driving through the Acornhoek area in Mpumalanga Province, South Africa, and became acutely aware of the overwhelming numbers of children orphaned by AIDS. She decided to do something to help uplift the community and support the orphans. We have completed many projects including: drilling wells; creating sustainable vegetable gardens; providing HIV/AIDS education and skills trainings; opening a clinic; establishing computer centers; and creating libraries and music and art programs.

Who Are We?

Seeds of Light is the humanitarian service arm of CoreLight, an international non-profit organization dedicated to the awakening of the global heart. We know that love-in-action is the most powerful response to what we see transpiring in our world. Our goal is to be responsive to the urgent crises that arise in the coming times.

Wendy Fraser, Seeds of Light DirectorThe Director of Seeds of Light, Dr. Wendy Fraser, is a medical doctor who qualified in 1992 from Wits University in Johannesburg. Wendy and her husband and two children moved from Johannesburg to the Acornhoek/Hoedspruit area in 2005. She ran the surgery ward at Tintswalo (“Grace”) hospital in Acornhoek for five years prior to joining Seeds of Light. In this time, she has developed a deep love for the people of this area, while identifying the many problems that lead to health-related issues. Wendy has always been inspired by the amazing work that Seeds of Light is doing in the community of Acornhoek. She joined the Seeds of Light team in January 2014, and is very excited to help nurture the many uplifting projects and beautiful children and adults Seeds of Light supports.

Nick Vorono aka Nick Vorono was a Peace Corps volunteer in the Hoedspruit area for 3 years, from 2007-2010. When he completed his service, he wanted to stay in South Africa and came to volunteer with Seeds of Light. All of Nick’s education and experiences have culminated in his work with Seeds of Light. His Bachelor’s Degree was in Fine Arts and he is now the art teacher for the children’s art classes at the New Dawn Art Center. He did construction management in the U.S. for 13 years and is now overseeing the construction of the Ekurhuleni Center for Orphans and Vulnerable Children. He is a professionally trained chef and has managed food services for large non-profit organizations. He will be helping to set up the feeding scheme for the orphans in Acornhoek. And he has worked extensively with youth and is assisting the New Dawn Crèche and the Primary Schools that Seeds of Light is partnering with in the Acornhoek area. We call him “Saint Nick” as he is truly a God send for us and for the people in this area.
“Love never divides. It always multiplies.” —Leslie Temple-Thurston
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