2015 has already been a busy year for CHOSA! We continue to collaborate with teachers, caregivers, and community leaders who are dedicated to the well-being of orphaned and vulnerable children through grassroots organizations.

CHOSA has found a new home-base in Cape Town.

As of this week, you can find us at: Unit F7, Sunrise Park, Sunrise Circle, Ndabeni, Cape Town 7405. Telephone: 021-531-1961. We may not yet have enough desks and chairs, but we are still busy at work in our office space and out in our partner communities.

We are pleased to welcome a new individual to the CHOSA team. Ms. Ondela Manjezi has joined CHOSA as a Programs Fellow.ondela

My name is Ondela Manjezi born in Port Elizabeth and raised in Cape Town where I obtained my Bsc
(honours) degree. I am a sister, a daughter, an aunt to the cutest 8 year old, a friend and all round lover of good food and good music.

I believe strongly that it is each generations responsibility to ensure that they leave a generation less burdened. My work with CHOSA extends to community upliftment and building, fundraising, capacity building, after school programme coordination and networking events.

We are also thankful for the support of two new volunteers from the Netherlands, Merel and Anika. They will be volunteering for the next 2-3 months with a focus on capacity-building and after-school programs.

Keep following us for more updates from our work in Cape Town. We look forward to sharing our stories and the voices of community members in the coming weeks!

Happy New Year from CHOSA

Happy New Year to you and your family from all of us at CHOSA! CHOSA Newsletter 2014_Front Pagel

We hope you enjoy our year-end newsletter, which contains stories from CHOSA staff and volunteers on the ground in Cape Town. As you will see, 2014 has been a busy year for CHOSA and the community-driven organizations we support. Your previous contributions have made our work possible, and yet the need for education and care for orphaned and vulnerable children persists. At CHOSA, we embrace this challenge and, with your help, we can make the world a better place for the children, the caregivers, and their broader communities. We take pride in facilitating local solutions to local problems, while promoting self-empowerment and keeping decision-making within the hands of the community.

CHOSA gives monthly grants to children’s homes and educare centers: On-going monthly expenses are the biggest part of the budget at our partner projects. These expenses include nutritious food for the children, school supplies, medicines, and electricity.

CHOSA hosts networking and training events: Networking events provide a forum for community leaders, teachers, and caregivers to get together and discuss their most pressing challenges and creative solutions. We have also organized training workshops focused on nutrition and first-aid.

CHOSA improves financial accounting and sustainability with capacity-building services. We provide all of our partners training on budgeting and finances. This means that we can confidently provide unrestricted grants to the teachers and caregivers, who are with the children every day and know what’s needed most.

You are an important member of the CHOSA community and we need your help. There is still time to support our work and make a tax-deductible donation in 2014. Donations in any amount contribute to the education and well-being of orphaned and vulnerable children. Make a donation today and make a difference: online or by mail.

On behalf of the CHOSA family, we thank you for your support and wish you a happy New Year!

Opportunity closing date: Friday, October 31, 2014
Opportunity type: Fellowships and Scholarships

Children of South Africa’s (CHOSA) mission 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 Africa. CHOSA takes a holistic and non-directive approach to community development which helps empower other marginalised people in these communities. Moreover, through community participation and ownership of the development process, CHOSA promotes local action, self-empowerment, and peer-to-peer networking as essential strategies for community-driven development.

CHOSA is calling for applications for the CHOSA Programmes Fellow, to work with different township CBO’s in Cape Town.

The Fellow will work with the local Programmes Coordinator and split responsibilities with that person.

  • Time commitment: 40 hours per week
  • Start Date: 15 January 2015
  • Duration: Must be willing to commit for atleast 18 months with the possibility of extending the internship.
  • Salary: R7 500/month stipend plus compensation for CHOSA-related expenses (petrol, AA-determined car wear and tear, telephone, internet, printing, office supplies).

The following job description is intended to be split between two people who make up the CHOSA on-ground team. They are required to collectively divide the work and determine individual responsibilities as best suites their skills and availability.


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The residents of QQ Section are working together to rebuild after another destructive fire. See the full story here.










A few days ago, six homes were burned to the ground in QQ Section shack settlement in Khayelitsha.

CHOSA works with the QQ Section community to support their child-related development initiatives such as the QQ Section preschool. Over the years, there have been a number of massive fires in the community – the biggest one destroyed 70 homes and the preschool itself.

The recent fired left about of dozen people homeless and some of them lost everything they owned including clothes, ID books and birth certificates.Gejies home

Also last week, Mawethu Gejies Mapotolo, a member of CHOSA’s creative artist collective Soundz of the South, came home to his small home to find it burned to a crisp. Gejies lost everything he owned as well.

CHOSA has helped with a few clothes and bedding for Gejies and the QQ Section victims, just as we did with previous fire victims.

Easily preventable

These fires – which destroy the lives of thousands of people in Cape Town every year – are easily preventable. The basic steps to ending the shack fire epidemic would be the immediate electrification of all shacks in the city.

Cape Town is one of the most segregated and spatially unequal cities in the world. The redistribution of land and their upgrading into formal settlements would go even farther towards keeping people’s homes and property safe and secure.

Local and national land and housing policy, though, refuses to take the basic necessary steps to stop shack fires. The government often refuses to electrify people’s homes claiming their living condition to be “temporary” – yet in places like QQ Section they have lived there for over 20 years. The government also refuses to redistribute urban land in the City despite the problem’s roots being in the mass dispossession of blacks during colonialism and apartheid.

As Cape Town and other South African cities grow more and more segregated and unequal, the scourge of shack fires will continue. This merely means that poor people will remain vulnerable.

For some photographs of the QQ Section community rebuilding their homes, click here.

For more information on shack fires, see this important report by Abahlali baseMjondolo.

Youth Day PhotoJune 16th is Youth Day in South Africa. This public holiday commemorates the 1976 protests of young people against the Apartheid government’s unjust educational system.

Many children and teens in South Africa still face challenges when it comes to receiving a good education and accessing basic needs such as nutritious foods and a safe, healthy home environment. At CHOSA, we work tirelessly to help local community-based organizations educate and care for children in some of South Africa’s poorest communities.

You can help CHOSA continue to support orphaned and vulnerable children.

  1. Help fundraise: email jennifer@chosa.org
  2. Make a donation: www.chosa.org/donate
  3. With one click, your Amazon purchases can support CHOSA: http://smile.amazon.com/ch/20-2521611

Communities in Action
This week, many of our partner organizations and communities are joining with Soundz of the South (SOS) to participate in a series of events to mark 20 years of ANC rule. For more information on the March to Demand Decent Services and Jobs, please visit their page.

Coming Up From CHOSA…
The photo above was taken by CHOSA volunteer and photographer, Katy Carlson. To see more images from our work in Cape Town, keep an eye out for our next email. It will include a photo story featuring QQ Section Children’s Committee.

Winter 2013 Newsletter

Click the thumbnail to read out our final newsletter of 2013:

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