The Rotary Club of Signal Hill has had an association with a project in Khayelitsha, called Baphumelele, for nearly 20 years. Rosie Mashale who originated the project has just been named by CNN as one of its 10 Heroes of 2017. She will be flown to New York for the televised finals on 17 December.
As one of the ten finalists Rosie will receive $10 000 and the winner of the finals receives $100 000. The prize money is not for winners personally but has to be used to improve their project.
Rosie started a pre-school in her home in Khayelitsha in 1988 with a few children. Today the pre-school caters for 160 children. She had the foresight to purchase property in Khayelitsha and today the project covers a number of activities on the property including ten cluster homes for orphans, a respite centre for adults and one for children catering for patients discharged from hospital but still needing medical care, it also has a hospice, a programme supporting  child-headed households and recently a small market garden in Philippi growing vegetables and providing employment and education for young people who leave orphanages and have nowhere to go.
Signal Hill was originally involved with a Rotary Club in Holland providing woodworking equipment for the workshop on site. Westerstede Rotary Club in Germany partnered with them to build two of the cluster homes for the orphans. Signal Hill also helped to furnish some of the homes and recently, in partnership with a German Rotary Club installed a borehole at the Philippi property.
If you are interested in the CNN Heroes and Rosie‚Äôs involvement go to or If you do go to the website please cast your vote for Rosie. The winner on the 17th of December will be the one that gets the most number of votes from supporters around the World.
We are counting on our donors, sponsors and friends from all over the World to cast a vote for Rosie and hopefully the Baphumelele project in Khayelitsha will be a World Champion!