How you can help the Sibhozo brothers

| GroundUp Staff
Neighbour Noxolo Mafilika and Sivuyile Sibhozo holding Sivuyile’s 15-year-old brother. Photo by Nombulelo Damba.

Last week we published the story of the Sibhozo brothers. Many readers asked how they could help. Here is how.

As last week’s article explains, Sivuyile Sibhozo and his brother (who asked not to be named) have lost both their parents. Their grandmother, who was looking after them, died last month. Sivuyile dropped out of school in 2012 to support his younger brother.

The two brothers need money, counselling and other types of support, such as helping them apply for social grants. We have contacted an organisation called Philani in Khayelitsha that deals with cases like this. They have promised to assist the boys.

The best way for members of the public to assist is to make donations to the organisations who help children like the Sibhozo brothers.

Here are two organisations we have contacted, with details of how you can donate to them:

Philani Maternal, Child Health and Nutrition Project

Philani’s vision is a “South Africa where pregnancy is safe and where every child can grow up healthy and well-nourished to fulfil his or her physical and mental potential.”

This organisation has been the most responsive of those we’ve contacted. It has sent a field worker to assess the situation with the Sibhozo brothers, and their staff have committed to keeping GroundUp abreast of developments.

Philani is setting up a GivenGain donation page as we write this. It is expected to go live next week. In the meantime, to donate to Philani, please contact Lisa via info [at] or 021 387 5124.

Philani’s website URL is:

Ikamva Youth

This is how Ikamva Youth describes itself:

IkamvaYouth equips learners from disadvantaged communities with the knowledge, skills, networks and resources to access tertiary education and/or employment opportunities once they matriculate. IkamvaYouth aims to increase the collective skill level of the population, to grow the national knowledge base, and to replicate success in more communities. A non-profit organisation (established in 2003 and formally registered in 2004) with branches in three provinces in South Africa, IkamvaYouth currently operates from Khayelitsha, Nyanga and Masiphumelele in the Western Cape, Ivory Park in Gauteng, the greater Cato Manor area and Molweni in KwaZulu-Natal.

You can donate to Ikamva Youth via their website:

In a few months, we will update GroundUp readers on how the brothers are faring.

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