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 …


A truly safe and caring place to call home

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.  Mam Khanyi, as she is affectionately known, established HoH as a registered NGO while working from locations in Berea and subsequently two residential homes were acquired.


Over the years Mam Khanyi underwent extensive training in tackling sexual abuse and rehabilitating survivors. She also learnt how to navigate the complex world of dealing with Home Affairs, SAPD, social workers, health services, community groups and the wider community. The HoH vision, of restoring human dignity, became a living reality.

The HoH Approach

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.’