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…

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…

Children’s home founder driven to brink of homelessness


Below is an article written by Jared Sacks (original link here: http://groundup.org.za/content/bank-drives-woman-brink-homelessness). The story is indicative of the issues which affect many of the communities and community members we work with. — Bank drives woman to brink of homelessness December 9, 2013 – Jared Sacks Published by Groundup News   Kutala Mtyali’s sits on the couch of…

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…

“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…

CHOSA fundraiser and book launch in Santa Barbara


CHOSA is hosting a book launch and fundraiser on June 20th, 2011 at Tecolote Bookstore in Montecito. The book is called “No Land! No House! No Vote! Voices from Symphony Way“.  It is written and edited by the Symphony Way Pavement Dwellers and features a forward by best-selling author and activist Raj Patel.  This unique…

From the Desk of the Regional Director


Dear CHOSA Friends and Supporters,  As we open the New Year of 2011  – I’d like to look back on our work in 2010 – a historic year for both CHOSA and South Africa – and look ahead to CHOSA in the coming year and beyond. Before I begin, I want to welcome our new…