A moment becomes the seed for a new organization
“Not in my lifetime.”—Community leader Khanyisile Motsa, reflecting on the moment she saw young girls being sexual exploited on the streets of Johannesburg and dedicated her life to giving them the chance for a healthy future.
This month, The Global Fund for Children has been sharing moments of obligation—those times when we realize that we need to help someone in need. For Khanyisile Motsa, founder of GFC grassroots partner Home of Hope in South Africa, her moment took place just down the street from her home in Johannesburg.
As a resident of the Hillbrow neighborhood, Khanyisile witnessed her community’s transformation into a hub for drug trafficking and sexual exploitation. What spurred her to take action was the realization that young children were being trafficked into the sex industry.
“It was when I saw the children for the first time on the streets,” Khanyisile remembers. “What shocked me was the age of the children—from 9 or 10 years old. I said, not in my lifetime.”
Khanyisile offered the girls refuge in her own apartment. Word spread throughout the community, and more girls began arriving, seeking help and shelter.
Today, Home of Hope remains a safe haven for exploited children, with “Mam’ Khanyi” (as she is called by the girls) at the helm. After helping trafficked children find their footing, Home of Hope offers them a range of services, including counseling, shelter, education, and vocational training to help them regain their rights and lead lives of dignity and independence.
Khanyisile turned a moment of concern and despair into one of promise for children who would otherwise have been lost.
Have you had a moment like Khanyisile’s? What spurred you to take action to help others? Send us your moment of obligation—we’d love to hear from you!