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Kopanang Community

The Kopanang Community Trust is made up of a community of women with indomitable strength, nestled on the fringe of Johannesburg. Each Kopanang woman carries the burden of HIV/AIDs, whether inflicted with the virus, or caring for a loved one that lives with the disease. Forged from life’s challenges, they are fiercely compassionate and humble in their wisdom, with courage that cannot be denied.

Kopanang provides a safe platform for these women to learn new skills. Through these skills they are empowered to create ranges of beautifully hand crafted beaded and embroidered products which make the perfect gift, African souvenir or handcrafted home decor artwork. Each design is interpreted by the women of Kopanang and will vary in style and colour, ensuring that every piece is one of a kind.

Learn more at http://kopanang.africa/ and follow the Kopanang Community on Facebook


Life Changing Candles

Siena College has partnered with Kenshi Candles to raise funds for the Kopanang Community Trust.

Founded by Melbourne teenager, Liam Foldi, Kenshi Candles is a social enterprise which donates over half their profit to fund charities and worthy causes that make a real difference in the world. Kenshi Candles are hand-poured in Melbourne with the full process, from pouring to packaging, completed in-house with help from members of the Chin refugee community. Learn more about Kenshi Candles here.

Candles are 380g (60 hours burn time), triple-scented, double-wicked and made from natural soy wax. Available scents are:

  • Gardenia and Lily: Featuring peach nectar and fresh hay top notes; gardenia and star jasmine middle notes; and vanilla, cyclamen and Lily of the Valley base notes
  • Sage and Sea Salt: Featuring sea spray and bergamot top notes; fir needle and sage middle notes; and oud and sea salt base notes
  • Sandalwood and Amber: Featuring bergamot and orange top notes; cedar and amber middles notes; and sandalwood and cedar wood base notes
  • Passionfruit and Lime: Featuring lime and raspberry top notes; passionfruit and honeydew middle notes; and rose and vanilla base notes
  • Caramel and Vanilla: Featuring butter and balsamic top notes; salted caramel and coconut middle notes; and creamy vanilla and tonka bean base notes
  • Coconut and Lime: Featuring lime zest and lemon verbena top notes; coconut and peach middle notes; and vanilla and buttermilk base notes
  • Frangipani and Jasmine: Featuring fir needle and orange top notes; frangipani and Lily of the Valley middle notes; and rose and star jasmine base notes

Each candle purchased through Siena College will fund simple food needs for a small family for a day, or over-the-counter medication for sickness alleviation through the Kopanang Community Trust.

Use the order form below to order your Life Changing Candle today.
1 for $35 or $30ea if multiple purchased.

Please note that due to the current lockdown, orders cannot be fulfilled until College staff are able to be back onsite.

Candle Order Form

* Required
Scent and Quantity

Distribution to current student is free.

Standard Postage is $9.95.

Please hit the Submit button ONCE only and then wait 30-45 seconds to allow the form time to process. If it does not clear after 30-45 seconds, you can try again. You will receive a payment receipt to the email provided when a successful payment has been made.

Thank you for supporting the Kopanang Community.