Dear Chrysalis Friends,

We trust that you enjoyed a peaceful, joyful and blessed Christmas with your loved ones, and that 2013 will live up to your highest expectations. We wish you the same as we wish for ourselves – health, happiness and the realisation of many of your goals.

The Chrysalis Foundation enjoyed a successful year in 2012 with a total of 37 students graduating from the Pretoria courses and 50 from Diepsloot. This is a low number when one considers the great need for this type of course in all areas of our society, but it is all that can be sustained with the resources at hand – and at least we know that we have vastly improved the lives, self-confidence and self-esteem of these groups of girls.

The main focus was once again to impart knowledge and life skills to the students, but the vital
therapeutic elements incorporated into the lecture modules successfully addressed some of the
trauma and the psychological damage done to the girls.

The mutual trust developed during the 3-month course allowed the students to explore their emotions and hidden fears at the counseling camp, and to facilitate the release of suppressed hostility and anger. Under the guidance of psychologists and social workers the team-building activities unleashed many suppressed emotional hurts, and the girls were helped to understand, manage and express their feelings, which in turn leads to healing.

The tangible results of the courses, based on feedback from both students and their adult care givers, have been excellent. Reports of great improvement in areas such as personal hygiene, grooming, social and communication skills, confidence and self-esteem, discipline and personal conduct, scholastic results, sports, academic and extra-mural achievements have been received. Several past students have secured good jobs and many have been successfully placed in rehabilitated parental or family care.

The Year Ahead

The first courses of 2013 have started in Diepsloot with 35 students and the Pretoria course will be starting in the near future. There are two courses planned for both Pretoria and Johannesburg, and we thank the people who have once again selflessly committed to assist as organizers and lecturers:

Natasha Venter (course administrator), Richard Scheppel (Chrysalis financial controller), Mpai Thlabanelo (Jhb Course Convener), Marelize Payne (lecturer/ counselor) and lecturers Roelien van Rensburg, Petra Roux, Gerda van Schalkwyk, Howard and Stephnie Muir, Tsidi, Thandi, Dintle, Eunice, Refiloe, Jayleigh and Mapitso.

We are also very pleased to have several students who have graduated from previous Chrysalis courses as voluntary course assistants, and one of them has joined the Pretoria lecturer’s team.

Additionally we were blessed to see two of our founder members get married – congratulations to
Natasha and Jane who were both beautiful brides and are now happily married.


We wish to express special appreciation for the commitment and support received from our Chrysalis Patron, Elana Afrika, who presents dynamic and inspiring lectures, promotes Chrysalis at every opportunity, and above all is an excellent role model for the students. Thank you, Elana.
Our other patron, Cindy Nell-Roberts.

Thank You:

SPAR North Rand once again was our major sponsor by way of a donation of a share of the proceeds from the SPAR Women’s Walk, which took place in August last year, with an amazing 25000 entrants in the race.

We also greatly appreciate the personal donations received from the many wonderful individuals who so regularly sponsor food, clothing, blankets, hampers, etc.

And last but by no means least, a special word of appreciation to our Board of Members who keep us on track:
Retha Ingenbleek, , Rhona Scheppel, Mpai Thlabanelo, Elena Morales, Maria Del Mar Rodriques, Richard Scheppel, Natasha Venter (plus honorary members, Dawne & Brian Murray)

Business Details

Elena Morales
Maria Del Mar Rodriques
Coordinator: Natasha Venter 012-9932351
Address: 306 Issie Smuts Drive,Garsfontein 0060
 PO Box 1707, Garsfontein 0060
Section 21 Registration: The Chrysalis Foundation 2004/020387/08
NPO number: 043-670-NPO Tax exemption: 930014494