Xoliswa is inspiring her community by opening her home to children with disabilities and special needs because there is nowhere else to go.
Mbekweni, South Africa – Xoliswa in an incredible mother who wanted somewhere safe for her daughter to go during the day. She was born with Autism, and when it came time to place her in a special needs school, Xoliswa was shocked at the waiting lists for schools nearby.
Xoliswa eventually found a school for her daughter and decided to volunteer there. She also started to study further to learn more about child development. Once she was settled and had covered all her bases, she opened the Good Hope Day Care Centre for disabled children. The only centre of its kind in Mbekweni outside Paarl.
The daycare centre is run out of her mother’s tiny house – a care centre by day, a private home by night. When she opened her doors, she took care of six children, all with different types of disabilities. Today, she has 21 children to look after, with many more on the waiting list.
She knows that children can be vulnerable when at daycare centres but children with disabilities, even more so. She wanted to create a safe space where the children can be understood and cared for in the best way.
Xoliswa is giving her life to helping these children and their parents. To make sure that the most vulnerable of our society is safe, stimulated and happy.
Her story is profoundly moving and inspirational. Her passion brought tears to our eyes. People like Xoliswa make South Africa the incredible place it is.
You can watch her story below.