FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What does 'Philani' mean?
Philani beans 'Be healthy' in isiXhosa, the mother tongue of the majority of Philani's mothers and staff.
When was Philani founded?
Philani was founded in 1979, with the first Nutrition Centre built in Crossroads, outside Cape Town.
See About Philani.
How many staff does Philani have?
See Our people.
How can I volunteer at Philani?
How can I donate money from overseas?
Is there a way I can donate tax-efficiently?
Does Philani accept donations of things as well as funds?
Yes, where possible, we are happy to accept donations at our Development Centre in Khayelitsha of such useful items as stationery, educational toys/games, baby clothes and blankets to pass on to mothers in need. We regret that we cannot accept donations shipped from overseas as there are too many problems with getting these through customs.
Can I visit Philani?
Yes! See Visit us.
Can I undertake research at Philani?
Philani receives many expressions of interest about carrying out research using Philani programmes and/or people as case studies. For the most part, we are unable to participate in such studies, but enquirers should send brief details of proposed research using the Enquiry form.
Can I order Philani products from overseas?
Yes! See Buy our products.
Do you have wholesale prices for Philani products?
Depending on the extent of the order, this can be negotiated. See Buy our products.
Which organizations does Philani work with in partnership?
We receive major funding from the Church of Sweden, the Western Cape Department of Health, the City of Cape Town, the ELMA Foundation and the World Childhood Foundation and financial and other support from many other sources (See Our supporters). Philani also works closely with local organizations such as government clinics and hospitals and with other NGOs, such as the Treatment Action Campaign (TAC), ATTIC and ARK.