1 in 5 South African children (around 3.7 million total) is orphaned, most having lost their parents to HIV/AIDS. Moreover, one in 3 South African children have experienced domestic and/or sexual abuse. In these cases, when living with a parent is not an option, many children are forced to go hungry and drop out of school. Often, when outsiders bring funding to address this, the community's voice is drowned out by the funder's. CHOSA strives to change that by empowering grassroots solutions.
CHOSA partners with 8 ordinary women running child-focused projects in Cape Town's most under-resourced townships and shack settlements. We fund the daily operating costs of children's homes (orphanages and foster homes); community daycares/preschools; scholarship and housing programs; and more. Specifically, we provide housing, food, school fees, educational supplies, pre-school teacher salaries, and more, serving 300 orphaned and vulnerable children in a way that is empowering and sustainable.
This project will give 300 vulnerable children everything they need to finish school and rise out of poverty. Even more importantly, the visionary women in charge of each children's home and educational center we serve will receive capacity-building services and training to ensure that their projects continue to grow, thrive, and serve even more children. In this way, CHOSA not only uplifts one group of children, but works to confront the very forces that reproduce poverty across generations.
This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).