A little about us2018-12-12T13:40:37+00:00
Child Prostitute. Photo by Tseliso Monaheng

‘Child Prostitute’ Photo by Tseliso Monaheng

Home of Hope for Girls began in 2000 as a heartfelt response to an unacceptable situation. Every child  has the right to safety, care and education, but for thousands of forgotten children these are nothing but dreams …
  • Criminals pay agents  to recruit children, they target orphans and the unprotected
  • Children are trafficked from rural areas and handed over to criminals  
  • Their IDs are frequently taken  making escape and later identification difficult 
  • ‘Owned’ by their exploiters they are prostituted, abused, made to sell drugs
One individual can make a huge change …

HoH exists because one brave woman, Khanyisile Motsa, determined not to close her eyes to the reality of what she saw  the streets of Hillbrow/Berea.  At great personal sacrifice, she  took  girls into her own home and put herself between them and the criminals who were using them. While she did her best to reconnect them with reliable family members, for many this became the only sort of real family they had ever known. The numbers of girls grew.  In order to be effective, Mam Khanyi learnt how to navigate the complex world of dealing with Home Affairs, SAPD, social workers, health services, community groups and the wider community. 

Mam Khanyi established HoH as a registered NGO and in recognition of her valuable work First National Bank donated a house  in 2011. Subsequently a school bus was donated and in 2018, when the first house was overcrowded, another house was donated  by an individual benefactor. This has allowed further growth and the welcome benefit of being able to grow food in the garden; just of many steps towards self-sufficiency.

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.’