Memoirs of a CHOSA Volunteer


This week we have a guest blogger: Nikki Carenza! She is one of our recent volunteers who was with us in Cape Town for two months. Read below to get a feel for what it is like to be a CHOSA volunteer, and don’t hesitate to reach out to us at info@chosa.org if you are…

Women’s Month (Ft. Nomsa from Blessings Educare)


CHOSA’s last featured woman to wrap up women’s month is Nomsa. She is the founder and principal of Blessings Educare, a creche (preschool) located in Delft. Her passion and drive for creating a safe space for children to learn and grow is what drove her to start Blessings. Nomsa says that the name for her…

Women’s Month (Ft. Evelyn and Noluyolo from Abaphumeleli Home of Safety)


Our featured women of CHOSA for women’s month are Evelyn and Noluyolo from Abaphumeleli Home of Safety (Abaph). Evelyn is the founder of the home, which was established in 2003, and Noluyolo is the daughter-in-law who manages the Abaph throughout the week. Abaphumeleli is home to +/- 30 children at any given time throughout the…

Women’s Month (Ft. Ritsie from Thope Foundation)


As August marks Women’s Month here in South Africa, CHOSA wants to highlight the many amazing women that are a part of the work that we support in local Cape Town communities. This post will act as the first of many to share a little more about the strong women founders/directors/principals of some of our…

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…