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CNN names Cape Town's 'Mama Rosie' among top 10 heroes - vote so she can be No.1

Written by: Qama Qukula

A Cape Town woman with a big heart has grabbed the attention of international news network CNN.

Rosie Mashale has been selected as a 2017 Top 10 CNN Hero.

She needs your help to be named Hero of the Year. VOTE HERE.

Mashale, affectionately known as 'Mama Rosie', cares for orphaned and abandoned children affected by HIV/Aids in Khayelitsha.

Her organisation, Baphumelele, started 30 years ago and has grown into a multi-faceted organisation.

The NPO provides various programmes, including an edu-care centre, a children's home, respite care programmes and soup kitchens.

Baphumelele offers temporary shelter for vulnerable children and young adults with chronic diseases and HIV/Aids.

Baphumelele has grown so big.

Rosie Mashale, Managing Director of Baphumelele in Khayelitsha

We started as a creche and we expanded.

Rosie Mashale, Managing Director of Baphumelele in Khayelitsha

We're running nine programmes now.

Rosie Mashale, Managing Director of Baphumelele in Khayelitsha

The Edu-care has 250 children from across Khayelitsha.

Rosie Mashale, Managing Director of Baphumelele in Khayelitsha

The children's home houses 107 children.

Rosie Mashale, Managing Director of Baphumelele in Khayelitsha

I've got so many mouths to feed.

Rosie Mashale, Managing Director of Baphumelele in Khayelitsha

We've got respite care for children and young adults who are sick with HIV/Aids and other chronic diseases.

Rosie Mashale, Managing Director of Baphumelele in Khayelitsha

We have a soup kitchen where we feeding the poor or the poor.

Rosie Mashale, Managing Director of Baphumelele in Khayelitsha

We've got a child-headed household programme that is very close to my heart.

Rosie Mashale, Managing Director of Baphumelele in Khayelitsha

We're taking care of orphans in their communities.

Rosie Mashale, Managing Director of Baphumelele in Khayelitsha

About 185 to 400 children out there that we are building houses for; trying to rebuild their lives, sending them back to school, feeding them, clothing them.

Rosie Mashale, Managing Director of Baphumelele in Khayelitsha

God has called me to do this work.

Rosie Mashale, Managing Director of Baphumelele in Khayelitsha

When people say 'I was about to die, and you saved my life; thank you.' Those 'thank yous' make me wake up every to make a difference.

Rosie Mashale, Managing Director of Baphumelele in Khayelitsha

She says the exposure from CNN has helped boot awareness about her important work in the community.

Visit the Baphumelele website and see how to help her community organisation.

Listen to her describe how Baphumelele started and the difference she makes in the community:


This article first appeared on CapeTalk : CNN names Cape Town's 'Mama Rosie' among top 10 heroes - vote so she can be No.1




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