Yabonga was founded in 1998 by two mothers with an interest in education who were concerned about the lack of quality school readiness programmes in impoverished communities. Yabonga’s aim was to better prepare children for mainstream schooling. Within two years, and after establishing seven educare centres, Yabonga came across its first HIV positive child. The life of this child and his mother led Yabonga to a programme focusing on positive mothers. Today Yabonga's support programmes have benefited more than 800,000 people in 12 impoverished areas around Cape Town.