The OLIVE LEAF Foundation in Cape Town started in 1999 with Ann Mabena. In the following year 3 Counsellors joined and they used a Shipping container as office in Site B, Khayelitsha. The sevices that were offered focussed on the support of HIV positive women in the community through Support Groups, PMTCT (Preventing Mother to Child Transmission) and income generation activities. Since then the Site and programmes have grown in leaps and bounds, employing 54 permanent Staff members and having just aquired it's second set of Offices in greater Khayelitsha. The different programmes have grown in stature, recognised as best practice interventions.
The Durban programme started in 1999 with one employee and no designated office space. Currently the OLIVE LEAF Foundation employs close to 40 staff members in the Durban Office.
It is based upon the dire need of services in the Limpopo province that in 2008 OLIVE LEAF Foundation (OLF) resolved to replicate its key programs there. Capacity development related interventions continue to confirm the need for our services in the area. During the previous year, 2010, OLF has proudly sharpened the skills of more than sixty organizations on how to develop systems of governance for programme implementation and financial management.
The Port Elizabeth OLIVE LEAF Foundation started in 1996, focusing initially on feeding schemes for the homeless, orphanage visits and HIV/AIDS prevention rallies. These activities relied heavily on the commitment of volunteers mainly from the Port Elizabeth Church of Christ. In 1999 two support groups were PLWHA’s (People Living With HIV/AIDS) were adopted. A vegetable garden started in Walmer with the Parks Department providing many seedlings and education on how to have a successful garden. The Thembilihle Children’s Home, became one of the Orphanages supported with HIV/AIDS education and emotional support.