Ulpha Robertson and Ursel Barnes set up Yabonga in 1998 with the aim to provide a safe and stimulating space for pre-school children in the townships of Cape Town, South Africa. They supported women, who looked after these children in their own homes, with training and better play areas. When the communities started to reject children with HIV, Yabonga launched its first education programme of how to live positively with the life threatening virus. Since then Yabonga has trained 450 HIV positive women as peer educators who teach where they live – in the poorest places of the Mother City. Many of them are still part of the Yabonga family today. Together they help us look after 700 children and youth. Some are Community Mothers, others assist as Child or Youth Counsellors.
Yabonga Children’s Project is a non-profit NPC organization with section 18A Public Benefit Organisation status (Registration No: 2000/008830/08, PBO No: RG/0222/08/04). Donations made in South Africa are tax deductible, and Yabonga can issue receipts for income tax purposes.