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…

Call for applications: Fundraising/Project Coordinator


CHOSA (Children of South Africa) is calling for applications for the position of Fundraising/Project Coordinator. She/he will split time between the Cape Town office and various townships to further CHOSA’s mission, which is to identify and support communities and community-based organisations (CBOs) that reach out and take care of orphans and other vulnerable children in South…

Photo updates from Cape Town


Greetings from everyone at CHOSA! It has been a busy few months for our partner projects, and we wanted to share a few highlights through photos. The teachers at QQ community crèche have been working tirelessly to make improvements to the preschool building. They recently held a community fundraiser which raised R1,600 ($160) and CHOSA…

Our 2016 Online Raffle & Art Auction is LIVE!


Welcome to our annual online fundraiser! The raffle and auction take place from Monday, July 18th to Friday, July 29th (at midnight PST). Every dollar we raise makes a difference in the lives of the orphaned and vulnerable children we serve through our community-driven educational programs and residential care. (New to CHOSA? Click here to learn more about our…

CHOSA Marks Youth Day


Every year on June 16th, South Africa marks Youth Day. This day is set apart to celebrate the legacy of youth activism in South Africa, and to recognize today’s youth who shape the future of the nation. The day is rooted in the events of June 16th, 1976, when thousands of students in Soweto, Johannesburg…