Lesley Mashimbye’s father wanted to abandon him at the hospital. Family members were so embarrassed when he visited, they wanted him kept him inside a bedroom. The thirteen-year-old suffers from Cerebral Palsy and Spina Bifida.

“They make me feel sad,” he says about the intolerance he’s faced from extended family members, neighbours and people in the community. “I want people out there to see me as a dignified person and I want them to love me.”

In South Africa, children with disabilities are often viewed as a curse by their families.

South Africa, African Children, Disabled African Children, KOLUMN Magazine, KOLUMN

South Africa, African Children, Disabled African Children, KOLUMN Magazine, KOLUMN

South Africa, African Children, Disabled African Children, KOLUMN Magazine, KOLUMN

South Africa, African Children, Disabled African Children, KOLUMN Magazine, KOLUMN


Afrika Tikkun Services (Pty) Ltd (ATS) is a for-profit social enterprise, established and driven by the need to maintain the relevance of the Afrika Tikkun brand in the face of global socio-economic change.

ATS functions to enhance the social development impact of Afrika Tikkun NPC through Skills and Enterprise Development platforms; a mechanism which additionally enables it as the sustainability arm of the NPC

The primary objective of ATS is to align with corporate partners as their supplier of choice for placement of skilled youth from under resourced communities. (Afrika Tikkun)


Posted by:Editor

KOLUMN Magazine celebrates the lives of People of Color by giving our world texture.