The Winnie Mabaso Foundation was founded 13 years ago by Lisa Ashton MBE following a filming trip to South Africa whilst working for the BBC on a documentary marking 10 years of the end of apartheid.
On her trip Lisa interviewed Winnie Mabaso who was caring almost single-handedly for orphans in the informal settlement of Finetown, South of Johannesburg, providing them with bowls of soup and armfuls of love.
Lisa headed back to the UK to fundraise for Winnie - but Winnie sadly passed away not long after the interview. Not wanting Winnie's dream to fail, Lisa set up a charity in her name to support the vulnerable and orphaned children left behind.
Over the years their work has developed to encompass the whole community. A field was given to them by the Government to develop projects for the community of Meriting and since then they have installed a library (green container) and a preschool (yellow) - see photo to the right.
They run a homework club and a horticulture programme which includes a community gardening programme as well as 50 individual organic gardens. They even have a fabulous flower garden with edible berries where their grannies sit and enjoy the aroma and the colour! They have a feeding station, a play area to keep children off the landfill sites, a granny club and reading workshops. Throughout the year they fundraise for school uniforms and stationery.
They are about to launch their official vocational training school and another container is about to arrive.
Alongside all of this they also have Ilamula House, their home for girls who have been abandoned, abused and orphaned, particularly those affected by HIV. They currently have 22 full time children and an additional 4 that stay every weekend and during school holidays to offer respite to their families.
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