Meet Nokwanele Nikwani a Yabonga Community Mother from Nyanga. She has been with Yabonga since March 2001.
“We have been blessed to have her open her home to our children for 19 years. Nokwanele has dedicated 5 days a week to cook and care for our children,” shares Nontembeko Mbambazela he Country Manager for Orange Babies South Africa
“She has even taken to feeding our children over the weekend if they are in need. This selfless mother currently feeds a group of 25 Yabonga 9-12-year-old children. We are grateful for her perpetual commitment to the programme.”
Thank you Nokwanele for being everyone’s mother!
The Community Mothers fall under the banner of the Orange Babies South Africa organisation, an arm of NGO Yabonga.
The programme is made up of a group of 20 women, who have selflessly opened their hearts and homes to vulnerable children affected by HIV in the poverty-stricken areas around Cape Town. These women, most of whom are HIV positive themselves, cook for about 30 children each. In addition to providing the children with a warm meal, the Community Mothers ensure that the children take their medication correctly, help them with homework and facilitate group conversations around pressing issues such as loss and grief, violence and sexuality as well as personal hygiene.
Yes, you can help! Donations, big and small, can be made in two ways: Via this form on their site that takes you directly to a PayFast link to complete payment.
OR – SMS ‘babies’ to 49245 to donate R20 (SA only).
And… help us, help them: donate to the cause and earn 10 extra points for the #FirstLady mothers-day.co.za competition!