begins in a rural village in Limpopo, South Africa.
Early in my teenage years, I would often volunteer at a village school for learners with disability in Limpopo where my mother was the principal. Listening to the girls there tell me stories of the violence and exclusion they would often experience in their home communities, I was deeply moved and I knew then that something had to be done. A seed of passion for changing the lives of women and girls with disability had been firmly planted in me and would much later continue to grow.
- Mpho MacChambers, Her H(art) Founder
In 2013, several years after graduating from art school, I returned to Limpopo on a passionate mission to serve and empower the women and girls living with disability in my community. While tilling the soil of possibility around my seed of passion, Her H(art), formerly called Virya, began to sprout and grow.
Her H(art) is founded to free women and girls with disability from poverty and violence through skills development and employment programs.
A year after running programs in Limpopo, Her H(art) begins to offer the same training and employment opportunities to women and girls with disability in Gauteng.
In 2017, we realise that an increasing number of our women and girls are still experiencing severe disability-based and gender-based violence in their schools and communities. Determined to solve the problem, we re-evaluated our model, and increased our capacity and reach.
Currently impacting women and girls, both living with and without disability, Her H(art) now operates entirely as an arts-based social enterprise with a vision to free ALL at risk women and girls in South Africa from disability-based and gender-based violence through arts-centred healing, training and entrepreneurship.