The Black Pearl Foundation is an East London-based non-profit organisation that is helping to assist the city’s less fortunate.
The foundation was established by Yonela and Mantombi Sogcwayi, along with Vuyokazi Nkohla, in June 2018.
“We have adopted a crèche called Kuluyolo Daycare Centre, which is situated at Ncerha Village 2.”
“It is currently situated in a shack that we would like to have rebuilt are looking into building with bricks and ensure it has all the necessary facilities,” said Nkohla said.
Nkohla said the foundation came across she found Kuluyolo Daycare Centre last year when they were looking for a was seeking a crèche to support on Mandela Day. that she could celebrate Mandela Day with.
“We have had a good relationship ever since. We’ve provided them with mattresses, paint, books, toys, brand new clothes for Christmas day, cereals, braais, a stove, and much more. This year, I celebrated my birthday with some of the children and parents from Ncerha Village 2, where we had a braai and enjoyed some cake,” she said.
Nkohla said that fFrom a young age, said Nkohla had always felt the desire in her heart wanted to help those who were are less fortunate.
“I remember having a conversation in 1999 with my general practitioner, Dr Dayamoorthi Appavoo and telling him about my dreams and how I didn’t want to be a mother to my own biological children, but a mother to the less fortunate. He told me that it would happen at the right time.
“In 2013, I came across a woman, Bea Hackula, who inspired me to live my dream and make it come true.
“I remember her celebrating her birthday with the children from her rural areas in King William’s Town.
“I cannot describe the feeling that I had when I saw the smile on those kids’ faces.
From that day onwards,“I told myself then that I’d be the next Hackula,” she said.
Today Nkohla has found her children, the children that she has been wanting to help from an early age.