Author Archives

You’re Keeping the Spirit of Ubuntu Alive in South Africa

Simply sharing your life with the children and staff of The Philile Foundation (Philile) is keeping the spirit of Ubuntu alive in South Africa. Originating from an Ancient African philosophy, “Ubuntu” means, “I am because we are”. This is the essence of humanity; we need one another to survive and thrive.  “Connection is why we’re here, it’s what gives purpose and meaning to our

Read More »


When The Experiences of Two Passionate Educators Collide

Meet Bonita, a teacher at Reddam House Waterfall who is “fired up” to share her experience and expertise with the staff and children at Philile Diepsloot. Having taught in both rural and private schools in South Africa and gained teaching experience in the UK and Middle East, she brings a wealth of experience. Working with different cultures and having access to limited resources at

Read More »


A Well-Rounded Day of Fun for The Children at Philile 

We recently had the privilege of being visited by a team of high school students who came all the way from America to serve our Early Childhood Development (ECD) Centres. The Wesleyan School, based in Atlanta Georgia, sends a team to South Africa every second year on a mission trip. Two of their days involve running a fun-filled and interactive programme with the children

Read More »


Five Ways to Break the Cycle of Poverty (without donating money)

You do not have to part with your money to help break the cycle of poverty. Money does help when it comes to supporting worthy organisations, but in many cases it is actually known to perpetuate the cycle of poverty by encouraging dependency. You can help people take steps out of poverty by being intentional about the following:   Relationship: It is widely known in

Read More »


You Are Helping South Africa Take Steps Towards Prosperity

Skills development is vital to eliminating poverty and reducing inequality. This is recognised universally by the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), where SDG 4 highlights the need to “substantially increase the number of youth and adults who have relevant skills”. In South Africa, it is emphasised in the National Development Plan (NDP) 2030, there is an entire Act on it and it is one of

Read More »


Why Early Education is Critical to Future Success

Changes in globalisation, technology and work are rapidly transforming the world we live in. This ‘new’ world either holds the promise of a beautiful future that is more connected, efficient and equal, or a future of struggle and increased inequality, as unprepared communities are unable to keep the pace. The answer to avoiding the latter and harnessing the former lies in transforming the education

Read More »


Crossing the Monitoring and Evaluation Bridge in Education – Together

Is there a point to an educational intervention if it doesn’t arrive at the destination it was created for in the first place? Dreaming up a vision to build into the lives of our future generations can be simple, especially in a country like South Africa, where there are so many young minds ripe with potential. It might even come naturally to develop solutions

Read More »


Joining Hands with Philile Hillbrow’s “Mother of Nations”

Partnership with The Philile Foundation means joining hands with individuals who are working to create resilient communities. Nozizwe is one such individual. She has been volunteering at Philile Hillbrow, which is based at The Children’s Memorial Institute, for the past three years. When she married the eldest of thirteen, she chose not to have children of her own, as her mother-in-law needed help raising

Read More »


A Good Place Market

Looking for a fresh way to showcase how your organisation is making the City of Joburg a good place? Look no further. We were given the opportunity to  occupy a stand at the very first Good Place Market on the 9th of March. The ethos of this market is to host organisations, people and businesses who are making a difference in Johannesburg. It was

Read More »


The Gift of Voice

“For these citizens to have a vote, they need to have a voice”, explained our friend Beatty when we had the opportunity to connect with her at Philile, Diepsloot recently. Beatty is from The American International School of Johannesburg (AISJ) and leads their High School Service Learning Programme. Philile has the pleasure of partnering with the Service Learning Programme at AISJ, whereby their students

Read More »