Our lived experiences shape the paths we follow. After being sexually abused as a child, Kgomotso Mphela wanted to have a positive impact on the vulnerable in her community. At just 17, she founded Kgomotso Children’s Centre. “It caters to over 500 children in and around Soshanguve and Wintervelt. These are kids from underprivileged families, abusive homes, child-headed households and the like,” she says. Through the centre, she created more than 70 job opportunities in 2020. On top of this, she founded Gauteng Women’s Forum, a platform to address gender-based global issues and instigate healing through developmental programmes. Mphela is currently working towards a diploma in early childhood development at Ed-U College. She gets her drive to help others from the smiles she sees on young people’s faces. “When I serve, it gives me goosebumps,” she says. Mphela wants to help build a society of enthusiastic new leaders, not another sad generation.
I would like to see South Africa advocating for justice in the politics of health.