Baphumelele Children’s Home
Mama Rosie is a qualified teacher who after 13 years in the profession decided to take a year sabbatical during which, a naked baby full of wounds was left on her doorstep. Struck by the vulnerability of this foundling, she decided to open a care centre in 2001. Baphumelele means “progress” in Xhosa and Rosie provides a safe and loving haven for more than 350 children who would otherwise have faced life on the streets of Khayelitsha. She has expanded her centre with the aid of 65 caregivers who work in 24-hour shifts, seven days a week.
Mama Rosie also built five transitional houses to assist young adults who graduate from all the children’s homes in the Western Cape area. Her biggest wish is to secure more land for food security training where she would like to see young farmers empowered.