Topsy Foundation



The Topsy Foundation works with rural communities in Mpumalanga, South Africa.

The Foundation has a vision of flourishing rural communities, where people have the tools for change. They have a vision where young people in particular are productive members of society, in spite of the insecurities of terminal illness and bereavement.

An in-house care programme operates at The Sanctuary. A ‘last resort’, this programme provides a safe haven for vulnerable children, who no longer have access to food, shelter, clothing and school – basic human rights. Children who are HIV+ are given antiretroviral medication, ensuring however that their individual status is not disclosed. When it is necessary, there is hospice care for those who are dying. Adults and children alike may pass away in dignity, and with as little pain as is possible. Facilities at The Village include the Art Room – pre-school, weekend and after school art clubs are available to children resident at The Sanctuary and to the surrounding communities.

The Spotted Art team ran painting and drawing sessions around the themes of “My Secret Garden” and “Heroes”. The workshops embraced children as young as 3 through to young adults of 16-17 and were designed to empower these young people through self-expression and recreation providing therapeutic value. The outcomes of the sessions were powerfully free, vibrant and filled with fun, optimism and love.