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When you can see the horizon, you can see a greater tomorrow.

The Aluwani vision is a simple one. We focus on nurturing happy, healthy, secure children, and empowering rural communities to be self-sustaining.
For this reason, we partnered with the rural community of Ga-Dikgale to assist them with the tools to support Orphaned and Vulnerable Children (OVCs).
We also work tirelessly to impart the kind of skills that can be passed down for generations thus creating self-sustaining growth within rural communities.
More critically, we actively develop communities that want to support the youth - communities who believe, just like us, that "it takes a village to raise a child."

The Aluwani vision is a simple one. We focus on nurturing happy, healthy, secure children, and empowering rural communities to be self-sustaining.
For this reason, we partnered with the rural community of Ga-Dikgale to assist them with the tools to support Orphaned and Vulnerable Children (OVCs).
We also work tirelessly to impart the kind of skills that can be passed down for generations thus creating self-sustaining growth within rural communities.
More critically, we actively develop communities that want to support the youth - communities who believe, just like us, that "it takes a village to raise a child."

Aluwani supports 3 500 orphaned and vulnerable children in Ga-Dikgale

These children come from unattended homes in 29 villages around Ga-Dikgale

We have 160 caregivers who devote their time every day towards our children

To date, we have built a network of 20 childcare facilities across 29 villages in the Ga-Dikgale community in Limpopo. We expect more in the coming years

By 2021, we aim to have 75 community start-up businesses run by people in the community

Our goal is to empower rural communities such as Ga-Dikgale to become fully self-sustaining socially and economically.

We choose to focus specifically on rural communities where support is limited, compared to their better-off urban counterparts.

We do this by focusing on three critical areas:

Happy Children

Thriving Communities

Effective Development Practice

Our goal is to empower rural communities such as Ga-Dikgale to become fully self-sustaining socially and economically.

We choose to focus specifically on rural communities where support is limited, compared to their better-off urban counterparts.

We do this by focusing on three critical areas:

Happy Children

Thriving Communities

Effective Development Practice

As a Foundation, we focus on developing people. However, in order to achieve our mission, we cannot overlook the importance of investing in infrastructure and development programmes.

Our aim is to further invest in the following:

Childcare Facilities capable of meeting the needs of children (physical, emotional, social) in their care

Childcare Facilities that can continue their work sustainably into the future.

Increased awareness of entrepreneurial opportunities and access to entrepreneurship training

A mentorship programme that supports entrepreneurs in the community

A reporting system that allows us to be accountable to the community and the community to us.

Our Caregivers
Maria Molwantwa
Thabiso Mabusela
Chiliza Nkabinde
Katie Andrews
Nkosi Madide
Mutshidzi Nengudza
Judy Tipograph
Pricilla Mookisi
Warren Handley and Tom David
Michelle Walford
Tebogo Skwambane (Director)
Shanti Govender (Director)
Thabang Skwambane (Founder and Chairperson)

Our Caregivers

Our 160 caregivers are angels. They work tirelessly and often, for no pay, to support the community's children. We cannot put into words what these amazing people mean to us and to the children they support.

Maria Molwantwa

Maria is our community liaison. A leader at heart, she is responsible for the wellbeing of all 20 childcare facilities in Ga-Dikgale, and reporting to the Ga-Dikgale tribal authority.

Thabiso Mabusela

Aus (Sepedi for big sister) Thabs, as she is known in the community, is our head of community engagement. She is the lady who knows everything that's going on, and holds it all together with grace. Thabiso and Maria work closely together to manage and carry out all community activities.

Chiliza Nkabinde

Chiliza is our resident education specialist. He consults to Aluwani and is in charge of training, support and mentorship for the community entrepreneurship programme. As a former consultant and MBA from IE Business School in Madrid, Spain, said about Chiliza, "we never expected to find the best teacher we'd ever seen in a tiny village in Africa!""

Katie Andrews

Katie is our social impact specialist. She consults to Aluwani and makes sure that we are asking ourselves the tough questions, ensuring that our work has the utmost integrity and impact. Katie also project manages our campaigns and fundraising activities.

Nkosi Madide

Nkosi runs our clothing donations. She makes sure that every item of clothing that you donate is registered, packed in the correct place, and distributed to the best possible recipient. Whether it's looking after the donated clothing for the children of Ga-Dikgale, the second-hand clothing stores that are run as income generating projects for the childcare facilities or the Butterfly Box for our more exclusive shoppers, Nkosi does it all.

Mutshidzi Nengudza

Mutshidzi is our office manager. If you want to know who, what, when, where or why, then Mutshidzi is your lady. She can be found at the Aluwani Head Office, keeping the team organised, happy and supported.

Judy Tipograph

Judy is our relationship manager. Currently working closely with our friends at HPCA on the Butterfly Box project. Judy makes sure that our donors, hosts and supporters know how much we appreciate them.

Pricilla Mookisi

Pricilla is our most recent recruit. She is a business student (BBA) and passionate about social upliftment. The Butterfly Box is Pricilla's primary focus. She also supports the whole team with their work, both in the community and at Head Office.

Warren Handley and Tom David

Both former interns at Aluwani, Warren and Tom are embarking on a mad adventure in 2017 for the sake of the children of Ga-Dikgale. Watch this space …

Michelle Walford

Michelle is our Head Office leader. Her job is to keep her team focused, safe and passionate. She is in charge of governance, finance and all the boring stuff that we need to stay on top of our game.

Tebogo Skwambane (Director)

Tebogo Skwambane is a strategist and an entrepreneur, who is passionate about problem solving and improving the performance of both individuals and organisations.

She was the co-founder of North Road Consulting which merged with The Monitor Group in 2011. Until February 2013, she was a Managing Director and Global Partner of The Monitor Group South Africa.

Tebogo is a non-executive director on the board of EOH, Actom, Daimler Fleet Management and Polyoak Packaging Group.

Tebogo was appointed as a Young Global Leader for the World Economic Forum in 2011. She graduated with a BA in Government (Political Science) from Dartmouth University and an MBA from Harvard.

Shanti Govender (Director)

Shanti Govender has years of professional experience in public management and the development sector. She currently works as an operations strategy consultant at Development@Work focusing mainly on innovative and strategic solutions for improving business operations.

Prior to this, she held the position of Senior Manager Operations at the PIC Properties Division and Director of Operations at the National Youth Development Agency (previously Umsobomvu Youth Fund).

Shanti holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Hons) and has completed several courses in Quality Management, Business Process Management and Marketing. Shanti has recently been invited to join the Aluwani Board of Directors with a focus on stakeholder engagement, programme design, monitoring and reporting.

Thabang Skwambane
(Founder and Chairperson)

Thabang Skwambane is a banking veteran with 10 years banking experience in multiple jurisdictions including South Africa, Nigeria and the United Kingdom. Thabang left banking in 2006 to become a social entrepreneur by co-founding a healthcare company, Kaelo, that focused on HIV and AIDS and Chronic Diseases of Lifestyle. Today, Kaelo Healthcare employs over 1000 people and provides testing and patient management services to more than a quarter of a million people a year.

In 2007, not satisfied that children in rural communities who lost their parents due to HIV were being cared for sufficiently, he founded The Lonely Road Foundation now known as Aluwani. Thabang cycled alone and unsupported for 5 896 kilometres from Johannesburg to the base of Mt Kilimanjaro in Tanzania to raise funds and awareness for the plight of Orphans and Vulnerable Children. He didn't stop there, he went on to succesfully climb Mt Kilimanjaro, the highest peak in Africa.

Thabang is an Archbishop Tutu Leadership Fellow (2010) from the African Leadership Institute in association with the Saïd Business School at Oxford University and an Edward S. Mason International Development Fellow (2013) from Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government. He is passionate about Africa and believes that with the right investment, partnership and guidance, the young people of Africa are ready to assume the responsibility that has been sorely lacking in our historic leadership across the continent.

Ga-Dikgale is a rural community of 29 villages under the leadership of Kgosi (Chief) Solly Dikgale. The community falls under the Capricorn District, Polokwane Municipality.

For the Foundation, success as an organisation depends heavily on understanding the community. For example, we have found in past interactions with the Ga-Dikgale community members in general that as a conservative community, discussion with the children about sensitive topics are often strongly discouraged or entirely taboo without the express permission of Kgosi and Makgosi (Queen) Dikgale. This includes sex education, HIV and HIV testing, abuse, etc. For this reason, we tend not to run programmes of this nature. Instead of working with the children directly, we equip the caregivers with the knowledge they need.

The Childcare Facilities where the Foundation works are all part of an umbrella organisation, Morare Nkuke, led by Makgosi Clarah Dikgale. Makgosi Dikgale oversees all child care and social aspects of community life. Once our partnership was established with Ranti Community Centre, we were able to identify and work with other facilities to register and formalize their operations. As at 1 January 2016, the Foundation had established partnerships with 20 organisations through Ga-Dikgale, caring for over 3 500 children. These include 14 Drop-in Centres and six ECD facilities.

Aluwani Foundation NPC
  • Public Benefit Organisation Number: 930025125
  • Company Registration number: 2007/004503/08
  • Non-Profit Registration Number: 063/599


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  • Public Benefit Organisation Number: 930025125
  • Company Registration number: 2007/004503/08
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