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Mam Khanyi rescues Hillbrows forgotten children

Home of Hope founder Khanyisile Motsa featured on the latest instalment of Brand South Africa's Play Your Part TV series, which aired at 9pm on Sunday 3 August on SABC2.

Staff at Home of Hope, with Mam' Khanyi on the right, encircled by a few of the home's beneficiaries. Home of Hope offers compassion and acceptance to sexually exploited, trafficked, orphaned and vulnerable girls, as well as those who may be infected with or affected by HIV and Aids. (Image: Jayne Parr Davies, Facebook)

The murky streets of Hillbrow and Berea are not for the fainthearted. Gangs, pimps, drugs, abuse and deprivation rule the inner city flatlands. Notoriously dangerous, it is a terrifying place that is home to many thousands of prostitutes, street children and abandoned teenage mothers.

In 2000, Khanyisile Motsa descended into the fray. Affectionately known as Mam' Khanyi, she set up Home of Hope for the sustained physical, educational and holistic wellbeing of exploited girls in Hillbrow and the surrounding suburbs. Her eyes had been opened to the desperate circumstances of these abandoned children when she took into her care five girls who had escaped from one of the brothels. Word of the refuge spread and soon, more girls escaped and came looking for her. Her brave crusade has changed many of these lives for the better.