History and Background

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Mama Zelphina Maposela (founder & Director) moved to Nyanga from the Eastern Cape in 1974. She had always been interested in community development and worked for years with community health programs focused on home-based care towards patients suffering from tuberculosis (TB), and HIV/AIDS.

In 1981 Mama and her colleagues started a door-to-door mobile clinic to visit those who were sick and couldn’t help themselves. As many of these patients laid in bed dying, they worried about their children’s stigmatized future as AIDS orphans. So Mama promised to find them a safe home. When she couldn’t find foster homes for these children, she decided to create one herself. Mama Maposela wanted to stay true to her promise. Due to the fact that Mama grew up as an orphan herself, she knows exactly how difficult it is to be in that situation. In 1994 she became an official foster parent to three of these AIDS orphans.

Over a decade later, the only criticism one can make is that Mama has had too big a heart. Emasi became an officially registered safe home with the South African government on 19 October 2004. Since that time, Emasithandane has grown to include 39 children living permanently in her small home. But Mama did not stop there. She now also opens her home to 25 other children by operating a community feeding kitchen, and provides activities, sport training and programmes for 80 children in the community.


Block 6 No 3
Sithandatu Ave, Mthandeki Street
Nyanga East, 7755
Cape Town
(Opposite to Nyanga Community Health Centre/Clinic)
     Contacts
Mr Siyanda Nkewana
Managing Coordinator
+27 (0) 79 255 7552
Miss Hazel Maposela
Administrator 
+27 (0) 76 1551 475

  
    Website: www.emasithandane.org.za
    Email address: info@emasithandane.org.za

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