Larkan established Thanda five years ago and has since pioneered new approaches to fighting HIV/AIDS in rural communities and taking care of HIV orphans that could be implemented throughout Africa. Today, the project supports 325 children daily, and she is working to bring hope to thousands more through her model for community change.
Not only is Larkan the founder of Thanda, but she also established Thanda After-School, where young people from the local community are employed. They receive a meal each day and provide a stable support system that offers their charges nurture, guidance, mentoring and skills development. By working with people from the local communities, Thanda keeps the rural social fabric intact and embraces the Zulu custom whereby family members, friends and neighbours are trusted to take care of each other.
For more information please contact Angela on firstname.lastname@example.org  or 079 472 5682
Founder and Teacher at the Silindokuhle Creche and Preschool
The inspirational Grace Ngcongo from Amanzimtoti on KZN’s South Coast is not only the founder of Silindokuhle Creche and Preschool but the only teacher too. She works tirelessly during the week with her communities pre-schoolers and on weekends, and in the evenings, she leads the sewing and beading groups and assists at the local old age home too.
A selfless and dynamic woman who is not only making a difference in the lives of children but assisting the entire community across all age groups. Her energy, drive and passion are visible as Grace never encounters problems only solutions.
Clarins recognises this determined and selfless community worker and unanimously awarded Grace Ngcongo the Clarins Most Dynamic Woman of the Year for 2010. A prestigious title and the all-important cash prize of R200 000. Proud to be associated with such a dynamic woman, GM of Clarins South Africa, Robynne Adams had this to say about Grace, “No obstacle stands in Grace’s way.”
For more information please contact Grace on 082 462 8729
|The Clarins Most Dynamisante Woman of the Year Award recently contributed a further R50 000 to its current winner, Dinah Adonis.
In 2003, Women for Change was established to feed vulnerable children and other community members of Nellmapius near Pretoria. The elderly folk of this community are very often forgotten and neglected, but Dinah has made it her mission to uplift, guide and make these precious people part of the community once again. The project runs a soup kitchen for close to 400 children twice a week, offers aftercare and assists the children with their homework.
The volunteers keep a greenhouse-style vegetable garden with an assortment of vegetables being grown for their soup. The needs of these children and elderly people is great and assistance from the public and corporate organisations is encouraged.
For more information please contact Dinah on 082 519 5775
|Susan Rammekwa who won the 2006 Clarins Most Dynamisante Woman award for helping change the lives of hundreds of children every day.
On a large plot in Princess Crossing, Roodepoort, you will find the headquarters of Tshepang Programme for Orphans and Vulnerable Children. It boasts a garden, a crèche, a playground, a computer centre and a sewing room. Susan presides over it all!
Fundraising and transport remain a huge challenge for this project but Susan remains hopeful: “No matter how small the contribution you make, it has a lasting impact on a person’s life”
Clarins is now donating a further R100 000 to Tshepang to enable Susan to continue her good work in the lives of these children from Princess Crossing Squatter camp.
You too can make a difference – Contact Susan on 083 456 6993
Cheryl Pratley was the 2005 winner of the Clarins Most Dynamisante Woman of the year award for her outstanding work with abandoned babies.Most of the babies in Cheryl’s care at Shepherd’s Keep are HIV-positive and have been deserted by overwhelmed mothers.
Cheryl nurtures them to health and even when she cannot save them, there is a sense that at least they had peace in their short lives. Situated on the Bluff in Durban, Shepherd’s Keep has expanded to care for 60 babies and is equipped with the proper equipment needed for their care.
When the babies are well enough they are placed with suitable adoptive parents. The Point Police Station in Durban only has praise for Cheryl’s dedication, knowing her door is open 24 hours a day and an abandoned baby found in the dead of night is guaranteed a loving home.
Shepherd’s Keep will receive a further R100 000 from Clarins to further this excellent cause.
These babies need YOUR help too – contact Cheryl on 083 506 6570