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Former model establishes foundation to help disadvantaged children

Helen Mamabolo established a foundation during lockdown to assist children from disadvantaged families affected by the pandemic.


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She’s a woman with many talents and a very big heart. Her name is Helen Mamabolo, a former model, also known as Kamo_thePvtChef.

Through a great act of kindness, Mamabolo established a foundation during lockdown to help feed disadvantaged people affected by the global pandemic.

The former model now turned chef started her own foundation to assist her local community and disadvantaged children with food at drop-in centres.

“I am a self-taught chef. I now also run a foundation that helps disadvantaged children including orphans and the disabled. The name of the foundation is MokaLifestyle Foundation,” she told The South African.

The former model’s foundation

She said the foundation was established during lockdown Level 5 when everything in South Africa was forced to shut.

“I struggled to put food on my table. It was difficult because my business came to a standstill during Level 5 and I thought about other people in the same situation. I thought about their kids. I wondered about people who weren’t working at all. Because of the soft spot I have for children, I decided to start MokaLifestyle Foundation so that I can feed as many children as possible through donations,” she said.

Mamabolo continued to feed children even after Level 5.

“I get donations from followers on social media but sometimes I use my own money,” she said.

Putting aside her modelling career

Mamabolo started modelling at the age of 12 when she entered Miss Westbury in Polokwane. A few years later she entered Miss SA Junior under Pageants SA.

“I stopped modelling because my mother didn’t really approve of it. I didn’t get her support and blessing, but I loved it dearly,” she said.

“I needed to find a new focus, and so I starting teaching myself how to cook. I cater for private events, small gatherings and do table setup, food plating, cooking lessons, food presentation and house calls. For big canteens I also design menus and teach chefs about food plating.”

Mamabolo believes that everyone can make a difference in these difficult times. She believes you should focus on what you are good at and find something you can do that will help others.