Empathy, understanding, care and concern are at the heart of our human-centric mission to spread joy from Africa to the world. By seeing things through others’ eyes, offering a platform for projects that nurture our communities, and celebrating everyday Capetonians embodying the true meaning of ubuntu, we encourage people to join our meaningful journey of change and compassion.

5 Compassionate Communities
Get to know five NPOs and grass-roots projects, based in different areas of Cape Town, that are providing care and assistance to people in our city, and find out how you too can get involved in projects that range from an arts-based children’s initiative and the empowerment of everyday activists to a food kitchen and free after-school care programme. Be inspired by the passionate people making a difference in our communities.

Unexpected Opportunities NPO in Cape Town

Unexpected Opportunities

Despite having five children of their own, Colleen and Andre De Rose have opened up their home to the Bonteheuwel community, giving other people’s children a safe space to come to after school.

Children - New Crossroads CAN NPO in Cape Town

New Crossroads CAN

New Crossroads CAN is a community-based kitchen that Thembisa Jaxa started in response to the Covid-19 crisis.

The Justice Deck NPO in Cape Town

The Justice Desk

The Justice Desk is an NPO working across our city, and beyond, impacting the lives of more than 1.4-million people in the past eight years. Its programmes empower people with knowledge around their human rights and encourage everyday activism that is community-driven.

Lalela NPO in Cape Town


Lalela is an NPO that provides educational arts for at-risk youth in marginalised communities, to spark creative thinking and awaken the entrepreneurial spirit. It hosts exciting after-school workshops every day, in the hours when children are most vulnerable to the many adversities faced in their communities. Its activities include educational games, meditation, music, art and more.

Teaching - Deborah Day Care in Cape Town

Deborah Day Care

Deborah Day Care is a children’s daycare centre that serves the Cape Town community of Parklands and beyond. Inspired by the belief that no child should go to school without proper nutrition, Mary Ogboko and her team have been running the centre along with a feeding scheme and transportation service since 2008, for children between the ages of six months and six years.


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