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…

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…

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…

Thank You for Supporting the Fast + The World Remembers


Thank you to all of you who participated in our third annual Pap and Porridge Fast last week. Whether you fasted, donated, or followed our experiences via CHOSA’s blog, your contribution has carried us further in our mission to enrich the lives of vulnerable children through grassroots community empowerment. In three days, we raised a…

Strength in community support at Mandela Park


A central aspect of CHOSA’s work with our partners is community accountability. CHOSA assists communities and community-based organizations with assembling Boards of Directors, holding Annual General Meetings, and integrating community members into the work being done to support orphaned and vulnerable children. Mandela Park Community Crèche (pre-school), founded by the Mandela Park Children’s Committee, exists…

A Lifetime of Memories: Reflections from on the ground


By: Malea Otranto Last semester, I spent six months on a study abroad program in Copenhagen. Without even spending three weeks on European soil, there was a part of me that ached for more. I cannot explain the gut feeling that drove me to click “Cape Town, South Africa” on my second study abroad application…

Coming together for a common cause


By: Malea Otranto CHOSA is proud to announce that this past February, we successfully had our very first fundraiser here in South Africa! After months of planning – receiving a donation here, an auction item there – we were finally able to bring forty members of the community together in a night full of amazing…

“Back to school” takes on a new meaning


Sibulele is a 17-year-old boy from Ilitha Labantwana Place of Safety. “Sbu,” as he is affectionately called, has been out of school for two consecutive years as a result of some confusion that took place at the school where he was completing grade 7. Upon receiving his final grade 7 results, it was recommended that…