Ubombo Children’s Care Village

Some people witness the hardship of others and become numb to it, while others rise to fight for the less fortunate. They are the champions of society who give back, despite their own hardship. Mama Dawn Irons, founder of the Ubombo Children’s Care Village is one such hero who provides a safe and nurturing environment for foundlings and orphans affected by the AIDS endemic. At Ubombo Children’s Care Village, these youngsters have found a place to call home, and Mama Dawn is determined, no matter the obstacles, to protect them, providing them with a place where they can experience love, friendship, safety, and joy.

The centre also accommodates aftercare supervision for local school-going children and assists them with their homework and education. Mama Dawn provides community members of all ages and the children in her care with a variety of activities that they are encouraged to participate in, teaching them pottery, art, gardening, and baking. Her goal is to see them implement these skills to generate an income.


CMA provided skills training to 30
Mama transferred skills to 55
Mama provides employment to 5


Bread baking
Food gardens


Joined CMA: October 2006
Children in her care: 29
Elderly in her care: 0
Outreach 7 families

Facts about Mama Dawn

Ubombo Children’s Care Village
Ubombo, KwaZulu Natal


  • Nationality and Language:
  • Date of Birth:
19 February 1941
  • Marital Status:
  • Own Children:
2 children


2014 – Eqstra Flexi Fleet – R100 000 – winner
2018 – Clover Mama Afrika Special Recognition Award – winner

“Climb every mountain

you will get there, and you will see the beautiful view. Stand up when you fall! Always be positive and expand your horizons. With patience, faith and hard work you can achieve your goals. You must take pleasure in seeing your project grow.”