Khanyisile Motsa lauded for protecting children against abuse and trafficking
- Published: Friday, 04 November 2022 12:29
Johannesburg, 4 November 2022. Khanyisile Motsa, affectionately known as Mam’Khanyi, is the founder of the registered charity Home of Hope for Girls in Johannesburg. For over twenty years this autonomous organisation has advocated for, and rehabilitated, the child survivors of trafficking and abuse. National Children’s Day, which is marked on Saturday, 5 November 2022, is an important juncture at which to acknowledge those who are making a tangible difference to children who have fallen victim to trafficking and abuse, and hear their plea for public support.
This selfless and life-changing work of the formidable Mam’Khanyi has earned her recognition by two notable institutions: Global Citizen and the Charlotte Mannya-Maxeke Institute.
Global Citizen is an international action platform dedicated to achieving the end of extreme poverty. Mam’Khanyi recently attended the award ceremony in Ghana to accept her 2022 Citizen Southern and Eastern Africa Award. In her acceptance speech she said: “For me, it’s about being a voice for the voiceless.” On 26 August 2022 Mam’Khanyi was awarded the prize for Excellence in Community Building at the 6th annual Bring Her Up: Women of Firsts Awards 2022. Bring Her Up is Charlotte Mannya-Maxeke Institute’s initiative for empowering girls and women.
Winning these two awards has shone a light on the achievements of Home of Hope for Girls but unfortunately, the need for this organisation is even greater now than when Mam’Khanyi founded it over twenty years ago, she explains:
“Gender-based violence and child trafficking are destroying lives and communities. At Home of Hope for Girls, as well as restoring dignity to survivors, we understand that communities must be educated. We must work together to overcome this. Women and girls deserve to live without fear and live up to their full potential.”
Home of Hope relies entirely on donations from volunteer fundraisers, individuals, and companies. The lack of funding is an ongoing challenge. Mam’Khanyi explains: “Every day we try to help every girl that we can, but the need remains so great. We struggle to make ends meet. We have to rely on volunteers rather than being able to pay steady wages and it’s really holding us back. My hope is that more people will support us because if we had funds we could do so much more. Winning these awards is a wonderful honour and it really encourages us.”
If you would like to be part of this force for change, please consider donating regularly. South African companies can earn BEE certification through Home of Hope for Girls.
Visit www.homeofhopeforgirls.org.za/how-you-can-help/donate to find out more information about how you can make a monthly contribution, or alternatively see our banking details below:
Bank details for donations:
ABSA, Branch: Ghandi Square, Johannesburg.
Account name: Berea Hillbrow Home of Hope.
Account number: 406 333 0888
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