The planning of the HOKISA Home started by a group of representatives of the community of Masiphumelele in February 2002. The construction began on August 1, 2002 and was completed in November 2002.

The HOKISA Home – HOKISA Ikhaya Lethu – was officially opened by Archbishop Desmond Tutu on December 1st, 2002 – World AIDS Day. More than 500 guests and neighbours celebrated. The national South African TV-News reported it. For the first time ever in the history of this township two women disclosed their HIV-status openly to set an example against denial and stigmatisation.

The day before: Final cleanup – everybody wants to help.
The day before: Final cleanup – everybody wants to help.

We are ready for the opening!
We are ready for the opening!

Archbishop Desmond Tutu gives his blessings to the HOKISA Home.
Archbishop Desmond Tutu gives his blessings to the HOKISA Home.

Our friends from overseas
Our friends from overseas

Dr. Christoph Heise (Germany), Els Schellekens and Karla Brouwer (Netherlands), Dr. Glenn W. Hawkes (USA) (Left to Right).


The morning after
The morning after

Front of the HOKISA Home.


View from the street
View from the street

Playground and the smile on the wall of the HOKISA shop at the entrance.


HOKISA Home inside: Children’s room.
HOKISA Home inside: Children’s room.

HOKISA Home inside: The Babies' room.
HOKISA Home inside: The Babies' room.

HOKISA Home inside: A meeting
HOKISA Home inside: A meeting

A meeting with youth in the hall (with the mural painted by volunteer Jeanette Howe-Watson).


Women celebrating
Women celebrating

Women from the neighbourhood dance in the HOKISA kitchen at the end of a long day.


The HOKISA Team
The HOKISA Team

The HOKISA staff (from left to right): Mr. Lungelo Nqonjana (caretaker), Ms. Karin Chubb (co-director), Dr Lutz van Dijk (Co-Director), Mrs. Zukie Nydalvan (supervisor kitchen), Mr. Rodney Ndyalvan (chairman of HOKISA residents committee), Ms. Mandisa Mahlumba (childcareworker), Ms. Zoliswa Mabitsela (ass. housemother), Ms. Nozipho Capusana (childcareworker in training), Mr. Simphiwe Nkomombini (caretaker), Ms. Shirley Madlingozi (childcareworker).


A HOKISA Mural
A HOKISA Mural

Article in the Cape Times of December 2, 2002
Article in the Cape Times of December 2, 2002