Registered NPO (Registration Number 082-490-NPO)

“I, Ella, started Emzini Tours to uplift the community. Its aim was to give people a platform to help those in the Knysna Township with education, food, clothing, confidence, employment, self-worth and safety. Coming from an abusive background myself, I wanted to help women and children who were suffering in the same way. A safe house is what I wanted – a refuge, where women and children could go when they were in danger. Many people asked how they could help. Angelika and Olof Freiwand (Angie and Woody) helped us kick start this project, and other donations came in to purchase the first piece of land for the first Safe House. Together with all these funds we managed to build the first house.

This building has since been extended and we now have two safe houses on this property, with house parents living in the one.

We purchased a small RDP house, which donors helped us renovate, and the Khyamandi Foundation from Augusta, Georgia in the USA helped us extend it to accommodate the children more comfortably.

We have 5 Safe Houses supporting 16 children through school every month. We help many other children in the community with school fees, school uniforms, food and clothes. Our monthly running costs for education, clothing, food, transport and electricity for these children that we care for are high and we would appreciate any help towards the costs.

We send out a regular newsletter with current information and if you would like to receive it, please email” Ella Mapurisa

We have four staff members at the Safe House.

Patrick (our driver)



To donate to the Safe House, please use our PAYPAL facility below: