Yabonga was founded in 1998 by Ulpha Robertson and Ursel Barnes. We started off as an informal initiative to support pre-schools in the poorest communities in Cape Town. This year we will celebrate our 20th birthday.

Ever since its inception, Yabonga has always reacted and adapted its programmes to the needs of the community, to help directly where help was needed the most. With a clear focus on families infected and affected by HIV/Aids, it built strong relationships with clinics, schools, NGOs and individuals to build a sustainable “circle of support”.

Currently Yabonga employs more than 130 staff members, with at least two thirds of them recruited from the Yabonga HIV programme. Every year, more than 2000 individuals and their families benefit sustainably through supportive relationships with Yabonga

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