Kuyasa‘s mission is to empower children and youth of previously disadvantaged communities to become independent while embracing Christian values. The dream is that they will lead and empower others to follow the same set of values.


GSDT is run as a holistic project which also provides learners with nutritious meals, monitors their health, their psychological welfare and provides them with essential life skills for the future. At present close to 300 children attend the programme. The Macias Restis Family Trust approached the Greater Stellenbosch Development Trust (GSDT) through their now deceased representative in South Africa, Mr. Jannie Momberg, a former South African Ambassador to Greece.

Their initial intention was to establish a project that would benefit orphans from homes that were affected by HIV/AIDS and as a result the Macias Restis After-School Care Programme was established. This programme now forms part of the merged Education Project at the Trust and has since been broadened to include not only orphans, but also learners with the potential to excel academically. The main mission of the GSDT is to provide a safe environment for the school going youth of Khayamandi, Stellenbosch, where development and nurturing can take place in a positive manner and where learners can begin the process of exceling academically. The environment in which the Macias Restis Family Trust projects are located is characterized by poverty, rapid migration and constant transition and upheaval. The GSDT is situated in Khayamandi, a township in Stellenbosch, South Africa with more than 30 000 inhabitants, of which only 7000 have resided there for longer than 15 years. More than 70% of Khayamandi residents migrated from a rural, agrarian environment with an oral culture, to a rapidly developing industrialized environment where the language of commerce, English, is foreign to them and where literacy is mostly a pre-requisite to survive. For a period around the turn of the century Cape Town, Johannesburg and Durban in South Africa where three of the fastest growing cities in the world, due to this rapid migration from rural, agrarian environments.

HOKISA (Homes for Kids in South Africa) was founded in 2001 in Cape Town as a South African nonprofit NGO (Non-Governmental Organisation) to contribute in the fight against AIDS by creating examples of care especially for those who are most vulnerable – the children.

It is the aim of HOKISA to empower members of poor communities where HIV/AIDS is most devastating. No money is spent for office buildings or costly administration. Donations go directly to the HOKISA Children’s Home and the care of the children. All childcare workers are residents in the same township community and have had the opportunity to grow and develop their skills.

We understand this as a concrete way to promote openness around HIV/AIDS, and to educate against the stigma and denial around the disease by setting examples of effective care and honest communication.

On December 1, 2002 (World AIDS Day) the first HOKISA Home was opened in the township of Masiphumelele, south of Cape Town, by Archbishop em. Desmond Tutu. This HOKISA Home was named by the community: HOKISA IKAYA LETHU – HOKISA OUR HOME.

HOKISA cares for up to twenty children in a family-like environment seven days a week, 24 hours a day. People have recognized the improvement in health and wellbeing of some children who arrived at the home very sick. A careful assessment of the situation of each child is part of the admission process. Wherever possible, family members are encouraged to keep in touch with the child.

HOKISA provides training and skills development: Since the opening we have organised workshops for all staff members around topics like: “Facts around HIV/AIDS”, “Early Childhood Education”, “Nutrious food for children with a weak immune system”, “Management and Bookkeeping”, “1st Aid” and “Personal Budgeting”.

HOKISA supports HIV/Aids awareness: A youth group meets regularly at the HOKISA Peace House, to see educational films and to have discussions around issues that are relevant to the youth in the township often but not always related to HIV. Educational outreach to the greater community of Masiphumelele and beyond is part of our work.

HOKISA supports people living with HIV/Aids: We help individuals to apply for financial support like the disability grant, and where needed, we help with food parcels until such a grant comes into effect.

Love and Care

Love and Care aims to provide a safe environment and care for children of families affected by HIV/Aids and TB. The aim and objectives of the project is to provide the children, many of whom are orphans or have lost a parent, with: food, care, basic education, medical support and love of course!

The Restis family became involved when their friend Mr. Jannie Momberg completed his ambassadorial stay in Greece and moved back to South Africa. The Restis family wanted to invest in South African projects, but also wanted to honour their late father by supporting and donating to the upliftment of aids orphans. Mr. Jannie and his wife Trienie moved to Fish Hoek and the informal settlement Masiphumelele close to Fish Hoek and Kommetjie offered the social projects they had in mind.

Love and Care is run by Aurelia Kaitesi a Ugandan widow. She lost her husband in the Rwandan genocide between the Hutus and the Tutsis. The facility is quite basic and much help is needed with formalising programmes, planting vegetable gardens and providing basic education to the children.