A child can ask questions that a wise man cannot answer
- Anonymous

Our Partners

Our beneficiaries are those children, who through their socio-economic circumstances and extreme daily challenges, are forced to grow up early without having experienced what it is simply to be a child.

It is a right of every child to PLAY! In fact play is widely recognised as being a vital component of every child’s development and well-being, and Sisanda FunDaytion aims to enforce this right. 

We have worked with over 50 beneficiaries consisting of orphanages and children’s homes, HIV clinics, community centres, schools and other educational centres in and around impoverished areas in the Western Cape and Gauteng.

Our Partners List


Africa Sinomusa Foundation

Africa Sinomusa Foundation, a community initiative, is a Non-Profit Organisation which makes a difference in the lives of children in the Langa and Lavender Hill communities. They believe that every child has the right to experience happiness. Their programmes promote the welfare of children and youth and empower them to overcome challenges on both a community and global level.


Al Noor

Al Noor Orphanage Centre is registered with the Department of Social Services as a children's home, authorised to house children. They care for orphan children, and disadvantaged children, whose parents are either infected and or affected by the widespread HIV/AIDS pandemic in South Africa.


Amy Biehl Foundation

The Amy Biehl Foundation is a non-profit organisation that offers programmes to develop and empower youth (5 – 18 years of age) living in the challenged and vulnerable communities within the Western Cape. The programmes place a focus on the creative side of the child’s brain, and supplement the shortcomings of the educational system in the townships of South Africa. The Foundation aims to make learning enjoyable and encourage youngsters to want to learn.


Baphumelele Children’s Home

Baphumelele Children’s Home and Educare Centre in Khayelitsha were founded by Rosalie Mashale. Today there is an established community crèche (preschool) caring for roughly 230 children aged three months to six years, and the children’s home is a place of safety for abandoned, abused, neglected or orphaned children, most of whom are either infected with or affected by HIV/Aids.


Colleen’s Place of Hope

Colleen's Place of Hope is an orphanage for abused and abandoned children in Mitchell's Plain, Cape Town. It was founded by Colleen Naidoo and her husband Farrell in 1990 and since 2002 it has been officially registered as a nonprofit organization by the South African Department of Social Development.

Most of the children at Colleen's Place of Hope have been victims of mental and/or physical abuse. They were dumped on the streets by their parents, seriously damaged during pregnancy or are HIV positive


Desmond Tutu HIV Foundation

The Desmond Tutu HIV Foundation runs the HIV Clinic at Somerset Hospital. Realizing this was not enough, they began taking treatment out to where the most needy people are: Nyanga district, Masiphumelele and other poverty-stricken areas. Their approach to the HIV epidemic in these areas is holistic, covering awareness, treatment, voluntary counselling and testing, education and support to young people and training for professional and lay health care workers.


Emasithandane Children’s Home

Emasithandane – affectionately known as Emasi – is a home/shelter that provides education, food and extra moral programming, for orphans; abandoned, abused and otherwise vulnerable children; and those affected and infected by HIV/AIDS in South Africa. Currently there are 39 children living at Emasi, and the home provides a community feeding kitchen for an additional 25 children in the community.


Heatherdale Children’s Home

Heatherdale Children’s Home is based in Athlone, Cape Town, under the auspices of the Methodist Church of Southern Africa. Heatherdale provides a safe haven for children at risk – for those whose homes are beset with financial difficulties, drug/alcohol problems or physical abuse – and who have suffered emotional trauma as a result. Their primary goal is to address the child’s trauma and equip him/her to return to his/her community and to a normal, healthy and independent life. Heatherdale also assists families in addressing problems in the home, thereby helping them reunite with their children.


Heaven's Nest

Heaven's Nest is a small childcare and recreation in Ottery. They provide emergency care for children in Cape Town who have been neglected, abused or abandoned, including those who are HIV positive.  The children stay at Heaven's Nest for as long as it takes for them to be re-integrated with their families, or find foster or adoptive parents.


Holy Cross

The Holy Cross Child and Youth Care Centre provides a holistic development programme to improve the lives of all children and youth entering the facility. The children are given a safe, hygienic and secure environment that is free from all harm to body and soul. They are provided with basic health care and given access to additional health care.


Home From Home

Home From Home provides supported and supervised community-based foster care for orphaned, abused, neglected and vulnerable children through a network of small, family homes
in disadvantaged communities in South Africa.


iKhaya Le Themba

iKhaya le themba, Home of Hope, is an NGO that offers holistic After School Care programs to primary school children of Imizamo Yethu informal settlement in Hout Bay.


Izandla Zethemba

Izandla Zethemba “Hands of Hope” AIDS Project (IZAP) aims to bring hope amidst the devastating impact of HIV/AIDS through a community driven approach, where the poor uplift the destitute. This is achieved through two structured and evidence based programmes: A comprehensive Support-Care programme and a long term Peer Education programme.


James House

Since 1986, James House has served as a place of safety for abused, abandoned and neglected children from the community of Hout Bay. In recent years, they’ve widened their perspective, reaching out to the surrounding districts through a number of innovative community-based child and youth care and youth development programmes.


Kidz Positive

The Kidzpositive Family Fund is dedicated to improving the health of HIV-positive children in Southern Africa. Their goal is to generate funds for the grassroots support of mothers and children affected by HIV/AIDS. A child with HIV/AIDS requires intensive, committed health care. Mother, nurse, doctor, social worker are all dedicated to ensuring that a child has the best care to live life with the minimum of suffering. They create a community which can provide the solidarity needed to fight a disease which has no cure and ensure that life is enjoyed along the way.


Lielibloem House

Leliebloem House is a registered, non-for-profit  organization, a residential center for 84 children from troubled families, i.e.  children who are in difficult circumstances and in need of special care and  intervention. Leliebloem offers the least restrictive setting for these  children who are placed in their care by the courts because of the inadequacy  of or a complete breakdown in the primary care environment.


Margaret’s House

Margaret's House is a registered non-profit residential centre based in Lansdowne, Cape Town and was established in 1987 by the initiative of five Anglican churches. It accommodates up to 20 children from troubled families who are at risk of becoming street children.


Nazareth House

Most of the  babies and children cared for at Nazareth House (NH) have been abandoned, orphaned or abused. Many are infected with HIV and/or have special needs, problems or disabilities such as Down Syndrome, cerebral palsy, Foetal Alcohol Syndrome, epilepsy, deafness and blindness. NH also functions as an emergency after-hours place of safety for  children who have to be quickly removed from dangerous or abusive situations.


Ncedolwethu Educare

Ncedolethu Educare Center was established in 1994 by Florence Dodovu and is located in Mfuleni. Florence currently has 6 children living with her that have been abandoned. She also runs an Edu-care Center for approximately 35 children from the neighbourhood. Many of the children rely on the Center for their only meal of the day.


Nkosi’s Haven

Nkosi’s Haven is a recognized NGO in South Africa that has been in operation since 1999 offering holistic care and support for destitute HIV/AIDS-infected mothers, their children, and resulting AIDS orphans (infected or not).


Ons Plek

Ons Plek is the only intake shelter for girls in Cape Town. The girls’ basic needs of food, clothing, shelter, education and love are provided. Onse Plek provides shelter for girls in order to rehabilitate them into their families and communities by weaning them of the street life in a safe environment.


Orphancare Foundation

Situated in Cape Town, Orphancare Foundation (OF) works closely with the orphaned and vulnerable children in the Westlake Community. OF aim to create lasting partnerships between churches, businesses and individuals to raise funds and implement sustainable programs to release orphaned and vulnerable children from spiritual, economic, social and physical poverty and enabling them to become responsible and fulfilled adults.


Red Cross War Memorial Children's Hospita

The Red Cross War Memorial Children's Hospital is the only stand alone, specialist children's hospital dedicated entirely to children in southern Africa. Internationally it is regarded as cornerstone for excellence in child health care and treatment on the African continent. The Hospital focuses on the medical needs of each and every tiny patient, irrespective of parent's income, race, gender, religion or place of residence.


SA Kinderhuis

South Africa’s oldest children’s home started with the vision of one woman, Margaretha Möller. Margaretha, well-to-do and childless, devoted her life to caring for the less fortunate after she became widowed. Now under the auspices of the Evangelical Lutheran Church the home cares for 44 children and provides support, education and medical care.


Salesians Institute Youth Projects

Was built in 1910, a decade or so after the Salesians first established themselves in South Africa. Over the years it served as an orphanage, later as a technical school and it now accommodates a range of projects for youth at risk.

Sarah Fox Children’s Convalescent Hospital

The hospital in Silvertown, Cape Town aims to provide professional care necessary to allow the full  recovery of children once the critical stage of the illness has been treated. The main conditions treated at the hospital include burns, HIV/Aids, tuberculosis, motor vehicle accidents, effects of malnutrition, surgery, trauma, gastro-enteritis and non-accidental illnesses. More recently, children have been referred to Sarah Fox Hospital not only for medical reasons, but simply because they have no other place to go. The number of abandoned children and children coming from socially unfit backgrounds are on the increase.

Siziwe Creche

Supported by Honeycomb Montessori Preschool, Siziwe Creche provides daily care for up to 80 children in Gugulethu.


Sozo Foundation

The Sozo Foundation has been formed out of a sincere desire to serve the communities of Vrygrond, Lavender Hill and the surrounding areas. Through personal relationships they have been exposed to some of the core needs of vulnerable children and their families in these areas. Through 3 main projects (Sozo Eden, Sozo Boutique and Sozo Educentre) the Sozo Foundation works with the community to heal, uplift and restore. The Sozo Educentre runs an educational programme that provides a safe space 3 times per week for young high school students to be equipped and empowered through education.


St Francis Boys Home

Initially started by the Anglican Church in 1919 to provide shelter for orphans created by the Influenza epidemic. Currently the home houses about 30 children between the ages of 3-18. The aim of St Francis is to integrate their children back into their communities.


St Georges Home for Girls

The St Georges Home for Girls in Wynberg, Cape Town has a rich legacy that dates back more than a hundred years to 1862 when the first child was taken in. By providing specialised care and education and teaching life skills to the girls within a secure environment, caregivers empower them with the necessary skills and knowledge to become confident individuals. Equipped with these vital tools the girls are eventually able to leave the home and make a positive contribution to society


St Joseph’s Home for Chronically Ill Children

A convalescent medical facility for 145 children who suffer from chronic illnesses, featuring four medical wards and a specialized infant HIV/AIDS ward. Children are admitted to St Joseph's after being discharged from hospital until they are ok to go home.

St. Kizito Children’s Programme

St Kizito (SKCP) is a network of parish groups, throughout the Archdiocese of Cape Town, who work to address the needs of Orphans and Vulnerable Children (OVC) in their own communities. SKCP was established in 2004 by the Good Hope Development Fund.


Ubunye Preschool Educare

Ubunye, which means unite, provides compulsory grade R education for children from the Du Noon township. The need in the community is large and these children would not have been able to move onto grade 1 without grade R education. Ubunye provides this important stage of education in a fun, clean and organized environment.


Vrygrond Community Centre

This centre belongs to a community trust group that over the years has managed to build: a school, a community centre, a library and a crèche and a sustainable vegetable garden. The youth in this community suffer from hunger, a lack of education, loneliness and despair, and are often faced with crime and drug-related issues.



Yabonga was founded in 1998 by two mothers with an interest in education who were concerned about the lack of quality school readiness programmes in impoverished communities. Yabonga’s aim was to better prepare children for mainstream schooling. Within two years, and after establishing seven educare centres, Yabonga came across its first HIV positive child. The life of this child and his mother led Yabonga to a programme focusing on positive mothers. Today Yabonga's support programmes have benefited more than 800,000 people in 12 impoverished areas around Cape Town.


Youth Empowerment Action (YEA)

This organisation works with children and youths from the Groendal community and the Franschhoek farm area to help them to overcome social problems through counselling programmes and recreational activities, supporting around 150 children per day on very limited resources.