Our Mission

The Iliso Care Society supports a kindergarten, a library, food gardens, a choir, and creative enterprises that empower and nurture disadvantaged women and youth in Khayelitsha, one of the largest townships in the Western Cape.

Iliso means 'eye' in isiXhosa, because, in order to make a difference, you first have to see what needs to be done in your community. Iliso aims to buildĀ a caring society that takes action to overcome their challenges. And, above all, to inspire communities to be compassionate and warm towards others.

What Iliso does

Community Outreach
Early Childhood Development
Poverty Alleviation
Youth Skills Development
Women Empowerment


“Vivian Zilo is a remarkable woman and community leader. Since the inception of Iliso I have, with the help of friends in Norway, sent considerable sums of money to Iliso. … Continue reading

Kjetil A. Flatin (Ph.D) Chair, Iliso-Norway Board

“The Iliso Care Society has played an important role in the community of Site C in Khayelitsha through their services such as nutrition, Early Childhood Development, food gardening, their toy … Continue reading

Mr Ngalonkulu, Principal of Encotsheni Primary School

“God sent Iliso as angels to help our children to get a better education without empty stomachs. We would like to say thank you for everything you have done for … Continue reading

Ayanda Fonte, Principal of Yonwaba Educare Centre