Hoh’s rehabilitation programme is the result of a combination of targeted training and years of experience. Mam Khanyi underwent extensive training in trauma counselling, the prevention of child trafficking and innumerable courses with reputable international organisations such as International Programme on the Elimination of Child Labour (IPEC) and Global Fund for Children. The knowledge, in addition to day to day, hands on experience, is what lies behind the success of HoH … plus, and perhaps most of all, a lot of love!
The success of the HoH approach is best seen in the many independent and successful young women whose lives have been shaped by it. This is Patience. She recently graduated with LLB (Law) from Wits university, her passion is competitive running
It’s all about teamwork. This photo (2018) shows house mothers and care givers from the left to right: Khetiwe, Mam Ngwena, Sphesihle, Zanele, Thandeka, Khanyi and Mam Khanyi.
HoH has a child centered and gentle approach to rehabilitating survivors. The emphasis is on day to day life as a healer. This very natural approach allows the child to open up when they are ready. Gradually, survivors learn to trust and they gain confidence. They become part of the team too! We are proud of the happy and calm homes and the girls themselves. They participate in all the household tasks, such as cooking and gardening, and they keep the houses immaculately clean. The greatest reward for the hard work of raising such a large ‘family’ is to see how well the HoH approach works …
Growing food; just one of many steps towards independence in HoH
The girls enjoy learning crafts together. They are encouraged to look after themselves and one another. Peer support is an important aspect of each girl’s healing.
The HoH school bus. We have a 100 percent matric pass rate. Volunteers assist with homework and extra tuition. All are encouraged towards further training and many have achieved university degrees. Independent adulthood is our goal at every step.
Because of the uniquely well-developed level of experience in rehabilitation and tackling child trafficking and abuse, HoH is acknowledged as a resource for others. Advisory panels, training courses and forums for improving society frequently request their input.
Mam Khanyi’s 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.
Most recently, at the 2018 centenary celebration of Nelson Mandela’s life The Nelson Mandela Foundation 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.’