Ekupholeni was founded in 1994 to address the needs of a community traumatized by political violence of the 1980s/90s, as well as poverty, unemployment, criminal and gender violence, substance abuse, family breakdown, school absenteeism and gang activity.
We have evolved continuously to provide relevant support for the region’s changing needs. One of the biggest problems in Kathorus is the overwhelming prevalence of HIV/AIDS. And of increasing concern is the number of children/youth that have been orphaned by the pandemic and/or are also infected by it. So far, Ekupholeni is the only organization providing holistic psychosocial support services in this community.