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.
Dr. Christoph Heise (Germany), Els Schellekens and Karla Brouwer (Netherlands), Dr. Glenn W. Hawkes (USA) (Left to Right).
Front of the HOKISA Home.
Playground and the smile on the wall of the HOKISA shop at the entrance.
A meeting with youth in the hall (with the mural painted by volunteer Jeanette Howe-Watson).
Women from the neighbourhood dance in the HOKISA kitchen at the end of a long day.
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).