Grace Mohapi

Because of the growing number of people affected and infected by HIV/Aids, and the evident impact this was having on children orphaned through the disease, Mrs Grace Mohapi founded the Usizo Thuso Community Centre with her husband in 1999.  2008 Inyathelo Award for Community Philanthropy

Mrs Mohapi started her community initiatives with her own resources. For example, Mohapi and her husband would use their own car to transport the ill to and from the nearest hospital since there was no clinic in or near the community of Finetown (south of Johannesburg).  Through her tireless efforts she managed to call on local government to build a clinic nearby.

From these small beginnings, Mohapi now has a fully-fledged community centre which provides after care for school learners, meals for children in need, crafting space for grandmothers supporting orphaned children, and many other community services such as assisting people to receive socialgrants and teaching people how to grow vegetable gardens using permaculture techniques.