Who We Are 2017-07-20T12:21:43+00:00

The Background to Home of Hope

An estimated 10,000 children are prostitutes in Johannesburg and this figure is increasing.

Child Prostitute. Photo by Tseliso Monaheng

Child Prostitute. Photo by Tseliso Monaheng

When Khanyisile Motsa relocated to Hillbrow she was shocked to observe girls as young as nine working as prostitutes and selling drugs on the streets at night.  The truth about these forgotten children is:

  • Criminals pay agents  to recruit children
  • They usually target often orphans or/and those from very disadvantaged rural communities
  • Victims are trafficked or seduced to leave with lies about a life in the city
  • Their IDs are frequently taken from them to make escape and identification difficult
  • Their IDs are often sold on the black market
  • ‘Owned’ by their exploiters they are prostituted, abused, made to sell drugs

Mam Khanyi, as she became affectionately known, puts herself between the girls and those who exploit them; it’s a dangerous place to be.  Driven and guided by what she describes as an ‘inner voice’ Mam has navigated a tough road.  It has included being evicted from her flat for overcrowding, being the target of physical attacks and sacrificing her business and career to live as ‘mother’ to a very large, very needy family.

After exhausting her personal funds Mam set up a committee and established Berea Hillbrow Home of Hope shelter in 2000.  In 2011 First National Bank donated the house which is currently used for Home of Hope in Kensington. A team of volunteers, individuals and companies have been the primary support for Home of Hope and have helped Mam to transform the lives of countless children.

In addition to providing a home for the girls Home of Hope quickly began reaching out to the wider community operating a variety of practical measures to protect the youth and help the needy in Johannesburg.

However dire children’s circumstances Mam believes that, given the right tools and guidance, they can take control of their lives and be integrated into society.  While the work is difficult, relentless and always under-resourced,  she is undeterred:  ‘What can I say? If we and the others like us stop, what will be left?’

Mission & Vision

Our Mission and Vision

Our mission is to offer  a safe environment for exploited girls, where their self-worth is developed and their dignity  restored. We care for their emotional, physical and educational needs. We build the foundation for their successful adulthood by offering them real choices and a chance in life.

We  reach out into the community to improve society.

Our Vision is that exploited children are given every opportunity to grow into  empowered, confident young people with full control of their lives and choices. We see them revealing how much they have to contribute to society and we believe that our world can be kinder, safer and more productive for everyone.


Staff of Home of Hope

“Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much” (Helen Keller)

01 July 2016

Director/ Project Manager  Mrs Khanyisile Motsa

Care Givers
Catalina Gardens Care Givers (Berea) 

Mrs Grace Sibanda
Mrs Dorcas Khumalo

Peer Educator
Noncedo Shiba
Thandazile Mkhize

Kensington Home  Care Givers
Mrs Sibonakaliso Ngwenya
Mrs Ester Dwenga
Ms Hlengiwe Hlophe

Financial clerk
Mrs Nester S Nzima
Thaphelo Maragele

Personal Assistant
Kanyisa Matiwana

Health Care Worker
Lindiwe Manqele

Social Auxiliary Social Worker
Khethiwe Motsa
Mrs Thembisa Nomnganga

Outreach Care Givers
Linda Mabuza
Zwakele Mvulane
Sifiso Sibandze

School Bus Driver
David Suetsang
Simo Mnyenza

Board Members

Khanyisile Motsa
Ashailan Moodley
Mrs Nester Nzima
Ms Busisiwe Mkwanazi
DR GN Phala
Khomotso Makapane
Gift Ntshangase
Gabriel Sikazwe


Mam Khanyi has received extensive recognition for her dedication

An estimated 10,000 children are prostitutes in Johannesburg and this figure is increasing.

  • Mam Khanyi at the Award Ceremony in 2010

    Mam Khanyi receiving her award in the Women’s National Community Builder and Humanitarian Category at the Feather Awards in 2010

    Nedbank Hero of the MonthMam Khanyi was nominated as the Nedbank Hero of the Month in November 2009 for Community Building. Her R10,000 prize money went straight back into her Home of Hope shelter in Hillbrow.

  • Winner of the 2010 Feather Award in the Women’s National Community Builder and Humanitarian category The Feather Awards (sponsored by 1st For Women Insurance Brokers) recognises the extraordinary women of South Africa and the meaningful contributions they have made to society and to the lives of other women. At the Feather Awards ceremony on 25 March 2010 Mam Khanyi was recognised for her tireless contribution to her community; she was the winner in the Women’s National Community Builder and Humanitarian Category.
  • Shoprite-Checkers Woman of the Year- Youth Movers 2010 The Shoprite Checkers Woman of the Year Award rewards exceptional and visionary women who have made an impact on the lives of many South Africans. This award focuses the attention of the people on finding solutions for critical matters affecting the future. The winners are awarded with individual prize money and also given R100 000 towards the work they do for a better future. Mam Khanyi was voted by the public as the winner in the Youth Movers category.Watch a clip about the award here.

In addition to the above, in 2010 the Rotary Clubs of Rosebank and Randburg awarded Mam Khanyi for Community Building.

Friends & Funders

“Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much” (Helen Keller)

Over the years many corporates and individuals have helped us. We deeply thank and honour them all. The reality is that most donors donate once off or stay for a short while and then help other organisations. In the 18 years of our beautiful home there are days and months with a lot of food and days with very little. Even though we have so many friends, at the moment we are struggling with growing costs so please talk to us about donating.

If you are one of our many friends past present or future please don’t be offended when we don’t list you as people assume we are well funded when we list our donors.