Support 80 abandoned children in Cape Town


At Fikelela our vision is for children to be brought up in a family home. They stay with us for a short period as we believe that children should not become institutionalised.

At first we try to identify an extended family member, usually an aunt or grannie. if we cannot find one suitable or willing to take on the little one, then the children are placed with foster families.

Now we are exploring another option of permanent adoption. We are partnering with an adoption agency and the first five children are beginning the process of finding a new permanent loving home

At Fikelela we aim to give the children as many opportunties as possible to explore hte world around.. The children have been to Thumbelina, to a restaurant where they coudl make thier own pizza and on beach outings.


One of the highlights was a visit to Monkey Town, where the children were able to get close to monkeys in small groups. they learned a lot and although some of them were scared stiff it is a day they will not forget!!

at the fikelela Children's centre we are commmitted to helping our kids learn about the world about them and to become independent little people who are confident in themselves and not afraid to learn new things!

December is a time for festivities fun and laughter. We were blessed with many visitors and even Santa came on a special day to visit the children. The centre has been painted by volunteers and looks bright and cheerful


We started the new year with great excitement.. 15 children have started a new grade, ten children are going to preschool and the others stay at home and learn to become toddlers!

Fikelela is a place of love and laughter, we are also appreciattive of our volunteers who come and assist the older chidlren with special skills and with their homework.

The last few months we have seen exciting developments in the lives of the children at Fikelela! With improvements in funding we now have trained child care workers on at every day shift. One girl who had passed Grade R twice and was on the way to failing Grade one, came back with 100%!! Imagine her excitement and pride and the pride of the carers.

We have been giving the children extra stimulation when they come home from school . This quarter, the children learnt about all the creatures in the ocean, the beach, weather, seaweed, and more. They enjoyed doing different crafts that assisted their fine motor skills and language development whilst exploring the underwater world. At the end of the term we had a visit to the Aquarium and the children got to see, touch and explore some of the creatures they had learnt about. With eyes wide open and a buzz in the air it was a huge success.

On the 18th of July the people of South Africa celebrated Mandela day.

So did the little people at Fikelela! We had over 150 people who came to volunteer their  67 minutes in honour of this great man. The people of Cape town really came out in their numbers to show their support for our little centre. We were overwhlemed with the love that we expereinced!

While the  children partied, the volunteers cleaned, scrubbed, gardened, painted and mended.!

The chldren also learned new songs, had fun dancing and had a wonderful day.

we were also grateful for the wonderful donations of food, toys and clothes to keep our kids warm through the winter!

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Organization Information


Location: cape town, western cape - South Africa
Project Leader:
rachel mash
Cape Town, Western Cape South Africa