A bit more about the people behind our NPO
Founder & Director
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.
Trustee & Director of Sibonile Daycare Center
Dephney Mhaule is the former Principal of Funjwa Primary School and currently the director of Sibonile Daycare Center, an NPO supporting young girls and mothers who want to work. Dephney 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 building Sibonile Daycare to successfully offer Grade R as of January 2018, and Grade 1 as of 2019. Dephney has also developed a large scale community garden on the Orpen Road and mentors a variety of young people in the community.
Trustee & Development Manager for The Saville Foundation
Nikki Raw is the 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.