- A former primary school teacher started taking kids in during the day, free of chrage.
- She opened a fully functioning children home and has taken in over 5000 children.
-Making top 10 CNN heroes, helped her help the children.
Rosalia Mashale worked as a primary school teacher for many years then she formed a free day care 29 years ago which turned into a fully functioning childcare center. It is called Baphumelele, a Xhosa word meaning ‘we have succeeded’
Baphumelele is situated in Khayelitsha. Mashale, aka ‘Mama Rosie’, has cared for over 5 000 children over the years.
After 10 years of running the child care center, Mashale started to plan her retirement. This all came to a holt when a small boy was left on her door step and she never turns a child away.
“We are here on earth to serve others who need our help.”
Mashale knew that her journey was not yet over and she went on to open a permanent home for orphaned and abandoned kids. The home now takes up an entire block in Khayelitsha. The home provides to children who have lost their parents to HIV/AIDS, have HIV themselves, or have been abused and neglected.
She also has an initiative which helps support child-headed households buy giving them food and she also assists in helping young adults gain their independence.
Rosie’s Bakery is an initiative where older kids bake bread for the children in the home and they sell the rest to the community to raise money.
Mashale gained recognition for her amazing acts of kindness by CNN as one of its Top 10 Heroes. This acknowledgment helped rally funds when she was in desperate need, a true blessing. She is a true mother to all and love’s each child as if they were her own.
“I can’t wait to attend their graduation. I’m going to wear a bright dress and a big hat, so that people can see that I’m still there supporting them.”
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