Memoirs of a CHOSA Volunteer


This week we have a guest blogger: Nikki Carenza! She is one of our recent volunteers who was with us in Cape Town for two months. Read below to get a feel for what it is like to be a CHOSA volunteer, and don’t hesitate to reach out to us at info@chosa.org if you are…

Women’s Month (Ft. Nomsa from Blessings Educare)


CHOSA’s last featured woman to wrap up women’s month is Nomsa. She is the founder and principal of Blessings Educare, a creche (preschool) located in Delft. Her passion and drive for creating a safe space for children to learn and grow is what drove her to start Blessings. Nomsa says that the name for her…

Women’s Month (Ft. Evelyn and Noluyolo from Abaphumeleli Home of Safety)


Our featured women of CHOSA for women’s month are Evelyn and Noluyolo from Abaphumeleli Home of Safety (Abaph). Evelyn is the founder of the home, which was established in 2003, and Noluyolo is the daughter-in-law who manages the Abaph throughout the week. Abaphumeleli is home to +/- 30 children at any given time throughout the…

Women’s Month (Ft. Ritsie from Thope Foundation)


As August marks Women’s Month here in South Africa, CHOSA wants to highlight the many amazing women that are a part of the work that we support in local Cape Town communities. This post will act as the first of many to share a little more about the strong women founders/directors/principals of some of our…

Motivating Change


Whenever visitors or volunteers arrive at CHOSA, the staff comes together to share our organisations mission and vision with these individuals, giving them an idea of what kind of work we do and why. From this initial meeting we then take them around to our various partner organisations to show them where the real work…

Where Success Starts


These past two weeks, I have had the great pleasure of meeting a few “graduates” of a children’s home that CHOSA used to support. Identified as success stories from the organisation, I scheduled appointments to speak with them and learn about their past, how they came to live at the children’s home, what their aspirations…

Thope Foundation


Girls empowerment is a key area of focus in protecting orphaned and vulnerable children in South Africa. And the Thope Foundation, one of CHOSA’s partner organisations, work directly to improve the lives of girls within Khayelitsha, an area of Cape Town with high levels of poverty, crime, and informal settlement. In spending the day with…

Next Generation Inspiration


While I always feel young at heart, I’m beginning to see the world from a slightly different angle. Yes, I know I’m not old yet, but sometimes it’s refreshing to get a little bit of perspective when you take a step back. I did just this on Tuesday. I’ve always been the overachieving type, who…

Early Childhood Development Conference


Two weeks back CHOSA staff had the opportunity to attend an amazing conference about early childhood education sponsored by UNICEF, the Centre for Early Childhood Education, and PRAESA. It was a great opportunity for our project coordinators to learn more specific approaches to early childhood development (ECD) that could be passed on to all of…

March Networking Event


Our first networking event of 2017 happened this past Saturday. As my first networking event, I wasn’t exactly sure what to expect. Not only was I attending for the first time, I was also the keynote speaker! But if anything, what I have learned from working with grassroots organisations is that rising to the occasion is…

International Women’s Day


As I continue to acclimate myself to the the work of CHOSA, learning as I go on visits to our 8 different partners about the projects which they run, I cannot help but have a smile on my face when I meet the amazing women who run and work in these organisations. Each of them…

Molweni Zonke (Hello All)


Greetings from South Africa! After a brief hiatus of posting, we are back to keep you updated about what is happening in the field with CHOSA. As February has already come and gone, CHOSA is now in full swing for 2017, working with our 8 partner organisations in and around the Cape Flats. All of…