The Milani Foundation of Hope is a Non Profit Organization
Reg No: 2015/239147/07 founded by Ms Neliswa Siwalaza- Gaji
after her personal experience.
The mission of the Milani Foundation is to restore dignity
of women, revive hope of parents / families give support by
addressing emotional, physical and spiritual needs - which
speaks to their slogan "You heal the Mother, you heal the
To alleviate stress that the disadvantaged women, mothers,
families experience through the sickness of their little ones
by attending to their physical needs, emotional and spiritual
The Background of the Milani Foundation
The name Milani which means "Being rooted" is a name which
Neliswa Gaji and husband gave to their son whom they were
blessed with on 30 May 2012. When their bundle of joy turned
one month old he unfortunately had a seizure attack. Numerous
tests were done trying to find what could have triggered the
seizures but all came negative.
Milani's condition evolved in so much that by the time he
turned 5 months old he had over 100 seizures a day and this
slowly threatened his life and his development was severely
affected. After six months of being admitted in hospital,
Neliswa asked the doctor to discharge Milani even though he
still had the seizures as none of the anti convulsions could
supress the seizures, but her request was to spend time "comfortably'
at home with her angel until such time that he gives up and
Miraculously three weeks after Milani was discharged at home
with Neliswa who on occasional basis had to wait for the seizure
to surpass before feeding him and so on, the seizures stopped.
A day would go on without any episodes, days, weeks and months.
This was a miracle for Milani's parents and family but a lot
still needed to be done to rehabilitate baby Milanie.g physiotherapists,
speech doctors etc. Milani was admitted for the big part of
the six months at Blaauwberg Hospital and one month later
transferred to Red Cross Children's Hospital.
It is at Redcross Children's Hospital that Neliswa believes
that the Milani Foundation was born. Her heart bled for weeks
as she witnessed very sick children as she has never seen
so many sick children before, but her pain was mostly for
The majority of women are disadvantaged, unemployed, low income
earners and single, if married in some cases husbands left
as they could not deal the situation of a sick child or even
disabled. It was only two years later that Neliswa went back
to Redcross Hospital to the ward Milani was admitted to, to
give support to women, mothers by donating what she refers
to as "dignity bags" with sanitary pads, bath soups and other
toiletries and also to give motivation ,hope to mothers using
her story as a point of reference.
Neliswa encourages women to empower themselves and to always
remember that they are not defined by the circumstances they
are going through and that the healing and wellbeing of the
child depends on the mother as doctors can only do up to a
point but parents need to continue to live a fulfilled life.