SUCCESS AND RECOGNITION
Many of the girls in HoH were once powerless, alone and desperate. Today, they have dignity, confidence and hope. HoH has proven that girls are not defined by their backgrounds and can be nurtured into productive members of society
This photo was taken in the Kensington home 2018, it shows house mothers Mam Khanyi (far right) and Mam Ngwenya (second from left) with HoH peer educators & helpers.
Mam Khanyi has shaped HoH and led with vision and energy. Today, her team of committed volunteers and staff work closely with her to prove again and again that real change is possible.
Hoh’s rehabilitation programme for survivors is child centered and gentle. Its success has made her a much sought after public speaker and trainer in this area. The houses are calm and happy. They are kept immaculately clean by the girls, volunteers help them with their studies and all do well at school. They go on to be successful adults. Many have completed further education including gaining university degrees.
In addition to the two residential homes, HoH maintains an outreach through a premises in Berea/Hillbrow area. From there, the team seek out children at risk; educate about abuse and human rights; run HIV support groups and encourage community action against crime. They assist and monitor vulnerable children who are running households or living with people unable to care for them.
HoH’s kind bus driver ensures the girls are safe and get to school on time
In addition to being invited onto forums and advisory panels on tackling child sex abuse, Mam Khanyi’s passion for education led her to be one of the founders of New Nation School a school for disadvantaged children. Her list of awards is long, it includes: Nedbank Hero of the Month in November 2009 for Community Building,winner of the 2010 Feather Award in the Women’s National Community Builder and Humanitarian category, in 2010 Shoprite/Checkers Woman of the Year – Youth Movers and the Rotary Clubs of Rosebank and Randburg award for Community Building. In all of these she acknowledges she could not do it without the support of her team, volunteers and concerned citizens.
Unsung Hero award from the Mandela family 2018
Most recently, at the 2018 centenary celebration of Nelson Mandela’s life the Mandela family awarded Mam Khanyi as one of South Africa’s ‘Unsung Heroes’. On the award Nelson Mandela’s words are inscribed:
‘Do not look the other way; do not hesitate.
Recognise that the world is hungry for action, not words.
Act with courage and vision.’