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Changing the future

The challenges faced by orphans and vulnerable children (OVCs), particularly those in households led by underage children, are profound. Every day, OVCs grapple with issues related to food security, education, healthcare, safety, equity and dignity. SOHO has joined forces with a diverse coalition of organizations, institutions, civic and political leaders to develop sustainable solutions for these children.

Change agents honored by SOHO

Gail Masondo

Gail is an author, music producer, song writer and passionate advocate for women at risk. She is an international speaker who engages audiences in dealing with the reality of social inequities such as abuse and the need for change. Gail has served for many years as one of SOHO’s Advisors and helps to facilitate the Game Changer events.

Yvonne Chaka Chaka

Yvonne is an internationally famous South African singer, song writer, entrepreneur and humanitarian. As a a role model throughout the African continent, she has demonstrated compassion for others throughout her career. A UN Ambassador, she is a prominent figure in malaria prevention and is a passionate voice for empowerment of women.

Josina Z. Machel

Josina, daughter of Pres. Samora Machel of Mozambique, pioneered gender-based abuse awareness in Mozambique and South Africa after she survived a domestic attack. Turning her adversity into opportunity, she is developing the first safe house for victims of domestic violence in her country and participated in a high level GBV summit in Eswatini, hosted by SOHO.

Naomi Nontombi Tutu

Rev. Canon Nontombi Naomi Tutu, like her father, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, is a tireless fighter for human rights. Growing up black and female in apartheid South Africa has given her the empathy and strength to speak up for those who have no voice and to challenge laws and law makers that perpetuate injustice.

Dr. Wendy Luhabe

Dr. Luhabe, a trailblazer, founded Women Investment Portfolio Holdings, the first women-owned company on the Johannesburg Securities Exchange. She launched the inaugural private equity fund, serves on prestigious boards, and is a global leader in women's empowerment.

Gail Mawocha

Gail is the Founder of Mustard Seed Africa, an organization focusing on social and economic empowerment initiatives for women at the grass roots level. Hers has been a strong voice for economic equity for women and girls.