assists children and youth with basic needs on an on-going basis and provides counseling, access to health care facilities through advocacy and transportation, as well as life skills training, assistance with homework, teenage pregnancy counseling, grief counseling and skills training for employment. was started in late 2009, by a group of dedicated women from around the world, who wanted to assist the communities in southern Africa with the growing number of orphans and vulnerable children. A “mamkhulu” is another word for “auntie” in the local language. In fact, it means “older auntie” and is the title given to the oldest woman relative in a family. The children in the extended family all relate to this woman as a person who they can trust and who helps them with all personal matters from the time they become teenagers.

The women who started come from a variety of backgrounds. All are professionals who bring various skills to the organization in order to support the orphans and vulnerable children. Our goal is also to provide parenting and mentoring to children and youth who have lost family members, particularly parents, and to assist them to go on to tertiary training or employment after completing high school. Wherever possible we want to make sure these vulnerable members of society have a productive future. We also want to be agents of change from within the communities that are riddled with violence and poverty.

We would love for you to be involved with what we are doing. There are many ways to volunteer and support us. For more information: