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17-18% of the adult population
is HIV positive


More than 30% of the women who give
birth are HIV positive


Migratory working patterns also
contribute to the orphan crisis


our cause

Who we are

Raise the Children International (RTC) is a non-profit organization with one simple aim : to radically change the lives of South African orphans through quality education, empowering them to become thriving servant-leaders poised to transform their communities and country.

We want to make sure that every child without parents finds a loving community and receives quality education that leads to employment & in turn, a freedom that will allow them to give back to others in the future


the plight of academics

Education is failing
SA's Children


18 Year olds

There are approximately 1.1 million 18 year olds in South Africa today


Drop out rates

More than 50% of them drop out of high school



Only one out of three 18 year old's graduate from high school



Only 11% of them do well enough to qualify for a bachelor's degree

Why we do this work

Why we do what we do

According to the Children's Institute of South Africa, 23% of South Africa's children live
without either parent, nearly 4 million children.
Vulnerable children are included in our network because it is very easy for adults to
physically, sexually or commercially exploit children that do not have one or both parents
to provide for and protect them.


the people

Our Team

Our team is made up of savvy entrepreneurs, industry experts and great leaders bringing years of experience to Raise the Children and contributing tirelessly to make our mission a success.

Lesego Holzapfel

Co-founder, Chairperson

Neil Holzapfel

Co-founder, Director

Poloko Mosesi

Program Manager, Teaching Fellow Coordinator

Keaitumela 'Smiley' Gabonewe

Program Manager & Scholar Coordinator

Bob Lovejoy

Non-Executive Director

Yolanda Miya

Non-Executive Director

Lisa Thompson

Non-Executive Director

Philip Giannecchini

Non-Executive Director


Scholarship Program

Scholarship Program

Since its inception in 2008, RTC has provided bursaries to over 100 orphans &
count students of the University of Pretoria, Wits University, Rhodes University and
University of North West among its graduates.

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