Mohau e.V.

Our Vision and how everything started

  • We take care of parentless, outcast, HIV-infected and neglected children and teenager and try to establish a home for them.
  • We support the familys as well as the social organisations in Atteridgeville and encourage people to support themselves.
  • By offering working-projects in the squatter camps of Atteridgeville we want to fight against the lack of prospects for children and adolescents and keep them away from violence and delinquency.
  • We actively support and create HIV-prevention-measures.

Unlike many well-known major organisations, Mohau is working on a more simple, personal level. Bureaucracy, huge administration and anonymity are unheard-of.

Communication and support come about from heart to heart!

How everything started ...

From April until September 2004, Nikola Denkinger worked as a volunteer for the Mohau Centre, stationed in the South African township Atteridgeville. The Mohau Centre is a children's home for orphans, HIV infected and abused children, placed on the Kalafong Hospital's property on the outskirts of Atteridgeville, South Africa, and momentarily gives home to 35 children.

Not only the number of children and orphans infected with HIV, but the daily experience of disease, misery, poverty as well as the almost overwhelming needs that exist in this township, as in many others, caused Nikola Denkinger to found the registered association Mohau.

The association finally was brought into being by Nikola Denkinger and eight other members of her family and circle of friends on the 1st of June 2005. The associations' charitableness was acknowledged twice – on 8.06.2005 and on 04.07.2007 - by the fiscal authorities Stuttgart, corporation dept. The recordation into the register of associations was effected on 9th of September 2004 at the Local Court Stuttgart under VR 720011.

The association's name derives from the Mohau Centre and in Sesotho, one of South Africa's 11 national languages, stands for mercy.