Naomi M Foundation
Tshegofatso Naomi Mosiane’s only daughter, six-year-old Kanalelo, was conceived through in vitro fertilisation, because Mosiane was raped repeatedly as a child by men she knew and trusted. The assaults damaged her womb, and she can’t conceive naturally. The first chain of rapes happened in Zeerust, North West, while living with her grandmother. For over two years, between the ages of nine and 11, she was raped by a priest . The second sexual violation happened when she was 12 years old while living at her parent’s home in Kagiso, west of Johannesburg. This time, the pain was inflicted by her father’s drinking buddy. Mosiane rose from the ashes of a painful childhood and officially registered the Naomi M Foundation in 2018, after running projects at a faltering pace under the same name since 2013. The organisation, which has three employees, distributes food parcels, sanitary towels, clothes, nappies and blankets to needy communities, including parents of new-born babies, and so much more. “We also have a movement named ‘Fetch Your Life’. With this movement, we try to restore women’s identity,” says Mosiane. “We’ve given hope to rape victims and women with fertility issues.” Mosiane runs mentorship programmes for girls and boys, with more emphasis on boy children. “To protect our girls, we must equip our boys; giving boys a proper upbringing can help decrease violence against women by men,” she says.