Serving children through education since 2009 

It is unimaginable in this day and age, that children are forced to stay stuck in the cycle of poverty because they can’t access quality educational interventions. 

The Philile Foundation recognises the desperation of parents in under resourced areas. We know that every parent wants to give their child the best possible start to life. Lebo and so many like her are the reason we continue to dream of a world where, given the right educational opportunities and tools, children can break out of the cycle of poverty.

Your investment over the past 12 years, has given the gift of a solid educational foundation to hundreds of children living in under resourced areas. Your generosity has provided quality pre-school education, hot meals and after-care facilities for over 600 children in their formative years and this is just the beginning!

Philile exists to strengthen the future generations of South Africa

The Philile Foundation understands the unique set of challenges facing children growing up in under-resourced areas in South Africa. We have spent over a decade working in informal settlements and the inner city.



Your involvement provides very specific skill sets for to children in under-resourced communities.

  • STEAM Education Program
  • Sports Development Program
  • Character Development Program


Love looks like something. Your investment provides resources to conduct social research. This research guides strategy in order to ensure that children living in under-resourced areas are loved and served most effectively.



Partnering with local Early Childhood Development Centres situated in under-resourced areas to ensure that children, armed with the right educational opportunities and tools, can break out of the cycle of poverty.

Guiding principles

‘As educators, it is our responsibility to create a context in which a growth mindset can flourish.’ Prof Carol Dweck, Stanford

Investing in the most vulnerable children can result in immediate and long-term benefits. Philile is guided by 3 core values and our mission statement.

Our 3 core values are:

1. Excellence
2. Creativity
3. Integrity

The Philile mission

To help children break the cycle of poverty through education and skills development.

Quality pre-school education sets the foundation for future academic success and lifelong learning. Skills development provides critical developmental skills that will serve children throughout their life.

Meet the team


Chief Executive Officer

With 17 years-experience in tertiary education, Jenn Coles holds a Master’s Degree in Development and Management. Whilst completing her Master’s degree, she developed a love for sustainable development and realised the importance of the 3 P’s – people, planet and profit.

Jenn’s interests include reading, photography, camping, game viewing, listening to music and spending time with good friends. A life-long learner, Jenn’s passion is to positively impact the world around her and inspire others to do the same through specialised education interventions.


Mr Mesuli Tshele


Mesuli is passionate about seeing those who are previously disadvantaged prosper and become participants in today’s economy.

He has served in several leadership teams across Godfirst Church and is now based at Godfirst East Rand. He is passionate about preaching and discipleship. With experience in the field of social justice and people development, he shares a deep heart for early childhood development.

You could some up Mesuli in three words Passionate, Funny and People.

MR Munyaradzi MusiWacho


Munyaradzi Musiwacho is a community development practitioner. He implemented public health initiatives and develop leadership skills among youth through implementing HIV/AIDS boot camps for 1500 youth and promoting access
to quality education for children in Zimbabwe. He has worked with United Children of Africa leading the Programs Department in which he was directly responsible for projects implementation, monitoring and evaluation.

Munyaradzi was crucial in setting up an Early Childhood Development Education (ECDE) program supported by Roger Federer Foundation. 

Mrs Kate Hampton


Kate Hampton has taught Mathematics and Physical Science from Grade 8 to Grade 12 in schools in the KwaZulu Natal, Western Cape and Gauteng. She has served on numerous whole school management teams. In the last couple of years, she has managed bursary programmes. These bursaries were awarded to children to ensure that better schools were identified for the recipients, their fees paid, uniforms and textbooks sourced and their academic progress and performance monitored. This is her real passion as she believes that good and safe education for children from pre-primary to tertiary levels must be a priority.

MRS Hayley Stokoe

Financial Manager

Hayley is originally from Howick, and after 8 years living abroad, returned and settled in Johannesburg.

She has a National Diploma in Internal Auditing through Unisa. Hayley is married to Graham and they have two children, Kyle and Jessica. Hayley is originally from Howick, and after 8 years living abroad, returned and settled in Johannesburg.

She has a National Diploma in Internal Auditing through Unisa. Hayley is married to Graham and they have two children, Kyle and Jessica. 

Mr Themba Dlamini

Advisory Board

Themba has a passion for inspiring others and he believes he has a calling to help others realize their true potential. Themba is a Chartered Accountant (SA) and has a total of 13 years’ experience working in the private and public sectors in organizations such as the Auditor General of South Africa, the Independent Electoral Commission and R group Management.

In 2016 Themba founded Imani HT (Pty) Ltd – a strategy, financial solutions firm. He also serves as an Executive Director of Dunamis Management Services (Pty) Ltd.

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PBO no. 930033037
NPO no. 085 - 986

Black Beneficiary Status:
Black, SA Beneficiaries: 80%
B-BBEE SED Recognition: 100%


Tel + 27 (0)72 984 7217


245 Pritchard Street, Johannesburg
North, South Africa