Trustees

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STELLA HORGAN

Stella Horgan (BA, Dip. Higher Education (UCT), Dip. Counseling & Human Services (U.La Trobe), Dip. Social Enterprise, SSE) is the Founder and Director of NPO Zingela Ulwazi – Hunt for Wisdom. In 2012 she returned home to South Africa after 12 years in Australia where she had a private practice in Melbourne specialising in individual and group psychotherapy (Registered ACA 6252). Stella has a background in workshop design, facilitation and training, leadership and personal development, coaching, project management, event management and film and television production. A year after being back in South Africa she launched Zingela Ulwazi and commenced development of the library at Ekurhuleni Centre for Orphans and Vulnerable Children in Acornhoek, Mpumalanga. Stella works closely with communities neighbouring wilderness spaces, and has been co-ordinating the Acornhoek Leadership Forum (ALF) and coaching its members in social enterprise principles. The ALF saw over 20 community projects started and over 15 existing organisations such as schools and NPO’s dealing with youth, orphans and vulnerable children, education and health benefit from the leaders’ increased capacity to engage with their communities in a purposeful way. Digging her toes into African soil and drawing on principles of abundance and gratitude, Stella loves working with people to locate and treasure their sweetness and wisdom. She is deeply motivated and active in working with the earth and mitigating the environmental devastation that has been wrought in our world.  Her meditation and artistic practice inform her engagement with life. Stella considers her main mission to find ways to rebalance human life with Nature in an effort to create a regenerative way of living where all may thrive.

 

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DEPHNE MHAULE (left)

Former Principal of Funjwa Primary School and currently director of Sibonile Daycare Center, an NPO supporting young girls and mothers who want to work, is a visionary and exceptional community leader in Acornhoek, known for changing many peoples’ lives. Responsible for turning the dilapidated Funjwa Primary School (nicknamed “gwagwavuka”, meaning “broken down”) into a model primary school with additional buildings, a library, computers and vegetable garden, she is currently developing a big community garden on the Orpen Road and mentoring a variety of young people in the community.

BECKY HARMON (right)

Becky is a licensed clinical social worker who has participated in international projects in Lesotho, Botswana and China.  She is a resident of Portland, Oregon, USA, but considers Limpopo Province home after spending 5 years as the Director of Seeds of Light, an NPO operating in Limpopo and Mpumalanga.  During her tenure with Seeds of Light, she oversaw the development of the Ekurhuleni Centre for Orphans and Vulnerable Children in Acornhoek.  She also established the Acornhoek Leadership Forum (ALF) with Stella to develop leadership capabilities among bright, committed South Africans who are dedicated to uplifting their communities. In the two years running, over 25 projects have been supported that are affecting hundreds of community members in health, HIV training, nutrition, orphan and vulnerable child care, old aged care, literacy and moringa production (the super nutrient plant helpful with HIV, and other chronic health conditions).  She initiated permaculture training with primary schools and community projects in Acornhoek, in evidence with hundreds of new school and home food gardens in the region. Currently she is teaching a Small Business Enterprise Development class to women who are in prison in the U.S.

 

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NIKKI RAW

is Development Manager for The Saville Foundation, a private foundation committed to facilitating meaningful social change and building resilience within communities and individuals through education and entrepreneurship. Nikki holds a degree in Social Science and an honours diploma in marketing and advertising. She has been building capacity with individuals and schools for 7 years and manages a number of entrepreneurial related competitions and projects within South Africa.

 

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