These are some of our other projects:

  • Supporting a children’s refuge (this page)


Supporting a children's refuge.

WhilhelminaJust once in a while, amongst all the amazing work that is done to help children in South Africa, we come across a shining star.

One such is Wilhelmina who, despite the most terrible childhood [or because of it …] she determined to setup a refuge for abandoned children. With the help of our friends at Imisebeyelanga Wilhelmina now cares for many children and struggles day in and day out for food and water and power and clothing.

There are many places and projects setup by people like Wilhelmina in out-of-the-way places and it is not too trite to say they provide quiet salvation and hope for children who have suffered rape, beatings, being trafficked, abandonment, and loss of family.

You can read more about Wilhelmina HERE and about another informal orphanage HERE.

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We are proud and honoured that our work has been recognised by the UK Prime Minister, and that he has given Lesley his Point of Light award, stating
With the Infant Trust Lesley has empowered thousands of women across South Africa to protect and safeguard children in their communities. The education and training she has provided has helped to improve the lives of over 800,000 children, tackling the violence and abuse that affects too many of them in their early years. As we mark International Women’s Day this week I am delighted to recognise all that Lesley has done.”
You can find the full story at
Why are so many small children abused by male perpetrators in South Africa? Our researcher interviewed 27 perpetrators in prison in South Africa; all are in jail after being found guilty of some of the most terrible crimes against some of the most vulnerable children – some as young as a few days old. Those interviewed are all men aged between 16 years and 84 years old, and all have brutalised and raped at least one child. But the findings aren’t maybe what we might expect – it makes interesting reading.  We have been funding research into this for 5 years and it is finally finished and published .

Our flagship Caring for Crèches programme has reached into some of the poorest communities in five of the nine provinces in South Africa and we have crèche leaders everywhere clamouring for the training. We have now trained over 2,200 people and they in turn have already positively impacted on the lives of over 160,000 children … and will continue to help many hundreds more children for years to come