As a founding member Ulpha has led Yabonga since inception. Her training as a teacher, and experience in working in some of the poorest communities gives her insight into how much needs to be done to improve the plight of our children.
‘As a mother, daughter, friend, and especially in my role at Yabonga, I believe in, and live by the notion that when one uplifts a woman, one uplifts a family. We have to do this for our children.’
I oversee Yabonga’s finance operations as finance director. I’m inspired by our community mother programme. Ordinary disadvantaged mothers open their homes to care and feed our children.
“I believe in equal opportunities to release the talent in all children.”
Martine spent 4 years in administration and fundraising at Yabonga, before stepping into the role of Operations Manager. After another 4 years of streamlining the operations between head office and more than 50 satellite stations in 8 areas, Martine took on the position of General Manager.
“Working at Yabonga has been an eye-opening experience. Our beneficiaries’ lives are forever challenging and yet they adapt and remain resilient. Every day I am inspired to be more versatile and forward thinking.”
Pinky joined our team in 2021 after spending several years building community structures through various CBO’s, NGO’s and the private sector. Pinky oversees all the fieldwork in 8 areas.
“I love working at Yabonga because we create a safe positive space for our beneficiaries to realise their potential.”
Phindeka joined Yabonga as the Children’s Centre manager. Her vast experience includes supervising a care centre for children with special needs, and having been a matron of a college residence.
“The Children’s Centre is a place of hope and assistance. I am so happy to be playing a part in empowering this community.”
Manqoba is a graduate from the University of Cape Town. Yabonga being his first social work position, we appreciate his energy and fresh positive approach to our programmes.
``Working at Yabonga gives me a daily opportunity to be part of the change I want to see in our communities``.
Chad joined our team in 2019 with experience in supporting specialists in the non-profit sector. Chad now oversees the daily operation of the finance department, reminding us of the budgetary constraints.
“Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work``.
Faith is a graduate from the University of Cape Town. Yabonga being her first social work position, we appreciate her energy and fresh positive approach to our programmes.
``Working at Yabonga has taught me that everyone is an expert in their own lives. This has led me to empower people by giving them a sense of control over their life choices``.