HomePlan Foundation

House, home, future for the children in South Africa

The HomePlan Foundation provides a house, home and future for the very poorest children in South Africa. To achieve this, they work in close collaboration with local partner organisations. In addition to housing, they provide food aid, schooling and medical care. HomePlan is CBF certified, the hallmark for charities.

The strength of simplicity

House, home, future under construction

To date, Aids still remains to be a social disaster. As a result, in South Africa there is an entire generation of children without parents. Free Aids inhibitors are now available, even in rural areas. Nevertheless, the HIV prevalence rate has stabilized at 46% (Kwazulu Natal). This is an unlikely high percentage.

At present, there are an estimated one million Aids orphans in South Africa. These children are cared for by grandmothers, aunts and caregivers, who receive an amount of € 70.- per month, per child for the care they provide. Even in the rural area of Kwazulu Natal that is not enough to be able to support a healthy lifestyle, buy clothes and pay school tuition. Still, many of these children are doing relatively well. Below we will tell you the story of Mbali, a one in a million girl. It’s a positive story about the strength of simplicity.

Photo: HomePlan houses, children, caregivers in Kwazulu Natal 2015.

This is Mbali’s story

 The impact of simplicity

Mbali. A one in a million girl

Two years ago Mbali’s (8 years old) father and mother died in rapid succession. Mbali and her little sister moved in with their grandmother. Grandma’s old shack is not catered to children; it’s an open space without doors and with holes in the walls. Nights in Zululand are cold, and ridden with vermin like rats. The children are often sick, making them miss school. Together with their local partner, the HomePlan Foundation selected a new house for Mbali’s family, which was built by volunteers. Now Mbali’s life has greatly improved.

Photography: Erik Hijweege - 2015


The day starts calmly, which is normal in rural KwaZulu Natal. The housecat returns from a night out of catching mice. Dawn breaks gradually.

At a quarter past five, grandma fetches water and in candlelight, starts to wash Mbali in a tub.

Grandma dresses Mbali in her school uniform, she has to go to school, like all the other children. After dressing, Mbali eats some maize porridge and brushes her teeth. Now she’s ready for a new day. Her friends pick her up to walk to school together…

Education is important

Local Augstinian Sisters provide new school uniform

Half an hour later, the schoolyard slowly starts filling up. Ultimately, there are 531 children in the schoolyard. All nice ‘n quiet, standing in a row. The principal holds his morning speech. Mbali listens carefully. ‘Later on I want to get a job and take care of my grandma’, she tells us later….

A little later, the children in Mbali’s classroom can be heard reciting the table of six. Mbali loves math and her morning just flies by. At lunch the children eat and play together at school.

1 in 7 children is an orphan

Mbali is not an exception. There is a total of one million Aids orphans in South Africa.

At the end of the day, she quickly returns home. Now she can take off her school uniform and play outdoors for a while. In the distance we can hear her laughing with the other children. Today was a perfect day. Mbali is doing fine again.  

Strength is in simplicity. A house forms the basis for a home and a future. That is the philosophy of the HomePlan Foundation. Thanks to the contribution made by No House Wine, 60 families like Mbali’s now have a house, a home and a future. For more information about the HomePlan Foundation, click on this link.