The idea for Infinite Family was born three days after Amy Stokes and her husband arrived in South Africa to adopt their son from an orphanage near Johannesburg. The year was 2003. It was less than a decade after the end of apartheid, and South Africa was at the epicenter of the HIV/AIDS pandemic that had already left more parents dead and children orphaned than any other place in the world. The images of so many children filled her mind: they were the hope of the new South Africa – its promise and bright future. Without the love and protection of parents or family to guide them, she knew these children would not be able to move themselves beyond the poverty and violence that surrounded them.
Founded in 2006, Infinite Family is a global mentoring organization dedicated to using technology to allow adults around the world to step in where there are not enough local role models. Our volunteer mentors teach, discuss, challenge, encourage, befriend and love their Net Buddy mentees – they are agents of self-reliance. By providing such key resources and support networks, Infinite Family inspires and motivates teens and pre-teens to develop the confidence, skills and global worldview to build a better life. Read the full story
With dedicated mentors in their lives, Infinite Family’s Net Buddy mentees are achieving greater educational results, as well as increased levels of resilience, responsibility, and resourcefulness. Our Net Buddy mentees also display greater communication and problem-solving skills, self-confidence, and computer literacy. On the other end of the connection, Infinite Family mentors report a uniquely inspiring experience that inform their global perspective and enriches their cross-cultural understanding.
Infinite Family brings skills and a new perspective of the wider world to teens and pre-teens half a world away.