Refilwe Community Project was founded in 1991 by Jean Stewart and Yvonne Jacques as a Christian community development initiative to spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ among people in the Lanseria area. Jean, a professional nurse, and Yvonne, a Pastor, started the health care clinic in order to assist and help meet the needs of the underprivileged people in Lanseria.
From 1991 to 2005 they established a primary health care clinic which incorporated home based care and tuberculosis management programs, a hospice, a school and a shelter for abandoned children. This was done with the help of numerous sponsors and donors.
Refilwe has developed a strong focus on child care, community care and skills development since 2005. Today Refilwe Community Project is a multi-focused registered Non-Profit and Public Benefit Organisation serving many of the communities in Lanseria.
The core purpose and motivation of Refilwe has not changed since the small beginnings at Drummond. After 23 years we made the move from the rather “hand to mouth” mode of the early years, with its informal structures and processes, to a formal management structure with appropriate policies and procedures as required for good corporate governance, compliant to the Companies Act and other legislation.