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In 2002 Sanne Mirk formed Yenzani Children’s Home after her volunteering experience challenged her to confront her concern for children ‘returning’ to the home of their perpetrators. She met with the Child Protection Unit of the SAPS and the Department of Social Development to establish and address the critical need of children in crisis in Midrand as she had secured a home rent-free in the area.
Making it Happen Children’s Project” t/a “Yenzani Children’s Home” – a Non Profit Company, Non-profit Organisation and Public Benefit Organisation – was born. Gary Bailey pledged his financial support and became the organisation’s patron. Yenzani was officially opened in September 2003 by Ms Nomvula Mokonyane.
On 4 November 2004, Amos Masondo (then Mayor of Johannesburg) presented Yenzani with a Certificate of Recognition for services rendered to the Citizens of Johannesburg Regions 1 and 2.
By early 2010, the organisation purchased a permanent ‘home’ and is currently working towards purchasing a second home to double the intake of children.