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Jan 7, 2019

Keep supporting stateless children in 2019

Mary and her children at court
Mary and her children at court

Dear donors

We are excited to fill you in on our plans to help stateless children in 2019. With your help we can make sure that these children have a secure future. 

In 2018 you helped us raise $7652. This means we exceeded our initial goal of $5000! To get an idea of the kind of work we did last year, follow the link below and read the story about Mary, her 4 children and 2 grandchildren who got citizenship after their court case was succesful in 2018.

In celebration of 2018's successes we have decided to increase our goal to $20 000!

This new goal will allow us to provide DNA testing to approximately 140 children or pay for residence applications for more than 200 vulnerable children. It can also help us pay for court applications for children without other options.

The aim of these interventions is to secure the idenity, official documentation and citizenship of stateless children in South Africa. With a birth certificate they can access schools and hospitals and be eligible for adoption and other important solutions for abandoned and orphaned children.

To donate on a monthly basis follow the link below.

We look forward to sending you an update of the first successes of 2019!


Sep 18, 2018

We have reached our initial goal! Thanks to you

We are pleased to report that we reached our initial goal of $5000 towards our childhood statelessness project.

We have since moved up our goal to $10 000 and we have crossed the $7000 line.

This is fantastic news for children at risk of statelessness. We have been focussing on assisting children in need of care and protection, but we are also providing legal assistance to children who are cared for by their families.

Since the start of the fundraising in June, 76 children have been assisted with access to a nationality.

Eight children are currently undergoing DNA tests to link them to their South African families with our assistance. Once the results are ready they will be able to register as South African citizens. Some of them have been undocumented for years!

Thirteen children are currently being represented in court in order to ensure that they have access to their citizenship.

We will be arguing a matter in court in the next few months which seeks to find discriminatory sections of the Birth Registrations Act unconstitutional.  The aim is allow single fathers to register their children to ensure universal birth registration. The outcome should be available before the end of the year,

We are also planning a case which will challenge the constitutionality of requiring DNA test results for the purposes of birth registration. Watch this space!

Your support has made this possible. We thank you from the bottom of our hearts. 


If you would like to keep this work going you can always become a monthly donor. This will help us to keep doing the work we do. Follow this link and select donate monthly:


Children are tired of being the future, they want their rights NOW! Let's end childhood statelessness together.


With thanks,

Liesl Muller

Lawyers for Human Rights Statelessness Project

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