One More Day to Support the Children in 2010!


Dear CHOSA Supporters & Family Members! Warm Festive Greetings! It’s that time of year again when we are all celebrating important family holidays and working hard to finish whatever the current year still requires of us, while preparing our hopes, dreams and plans for the coming New Year. A few months ago we wrote to…

On Connecting and Re-Connecting with Our Hopes for South Africa


Dear CHOSA Volunteers and Graduate Volunteers; We have not yet met, but I already know that we have something very important in common: we all went to South Africa at some point intending to spend a limited time learning as much as we could about a country in the throes of an exciting political and…

Molweni iitshomi! (hi friends!) –> CHOSA Fundraiser


Accessed from a CHOSA Volunteer’s Blog: LX in Africa Molweni iitshomi! (hi friends!) I miss you all, but am absolutely loving my semester in Cape Town. A very special part of my experience is my volunteer work with an organization called Children of South Africa (CHOSA), which was started by American semester abroad students. I…

Weekend Warriors Perform for a Different Kind of Audience


In early October, CHOSA had the exciting opportunity to welcome the Weekend Warriors to Cape Town. WW joined CHOSA’s afterschool program to put on a concert for the kids. We threw a couple of guitars into the van and decided to see what would happen. WW ended up putting on an acoustic concert for the 40 or so kids who were at practice that day. It was a HUGE hit and the kids were singing their songs well into the weekend.

Remembering Mama’s Day 2007 by Ellen Rosenberg


With Father’s Day just behind us, I find myself thinking about today’s dynamic and unique family structures almost hourly. It’s hard to believe that it’s been more than 2 years since CHOSA’s first networking event. When the idea to bring all of the Mamas together in town for a Mother’s Day brunch sprung to life,…

Amafoto Ethu (“Our Photos”) featured on NPR’s “The Picture Show”


This morning, NPR’s The Picture Show blog published a piece about CHOSA’s upcoming photo exhibition in Washington, DC. Since 2006, CHOSA has been running photography workshops with the kids, providing a creative outlet, encouraging critical thinking and problem solving and an opportunity for the children to show the rest of us what the world looks like through their eyes.

Congratulations to Paul Kline!


Photographer Paul Kline visited a number of CHOSA projects in late 2008 to lead photo workshops as part of CHOSA’s Arts Initiative.  The children LOVED their time with him and enjoyed the chance to try *new* things with the cameras.  Their work will be on display June 3rd in Washington, DC. Paul has remained in…

Londi and Eric’s Wedding Wish


Volunteer alumni, Londi Gamedze and Eric Axelrod got married and are asking for donations to CHOSA in their honor! Please take five minutes to watch their video tribute and gain a better understanding of the relationships they built over teh years. Congratulations, Mazel Tov, Felistasie and Halala!

CHOSA volunteers give education a creative twist


My name is Rachel Long and I am a studio art major at The University of Texas at Austin. While studying abroad at The University of Cape Town, it was my great privilege to volunteer at Baphumelele, a children’s home supported by CHOSA. My time there enhanced my abroad experience tenfold and allowed me to…