About Us

At Won Life, our vision is:  “Improving education to promote community upliftment in Fisantekraal.”


Won Life carries out this vision by providing excellent education and support to the community of Fisantekraal, just outside of Durbanville. Won Life has been actively involved in Fisantekraal since 1999 and has constantly evolved in order to best cater to the needs of its beneficiaries.

Our primary, strategic focus is to improve the quality of basic education, as this is the tool that will empower the community to break the cycle of poverty. This is achieved by means of our four educational programmes, namely:  the Won Life Pre-Primary School, Literacy Centre, High School Education Centre and Teacher Mentorship Programme.

Our administration office is strategically situated in the community of Fisantekraal, which allows us to better understand the day-to-day challenges and paves the way for a healthy and organic relationship to develop between our organisation and the community we serve.

Won Life is governed by a group of voluntary board members who embrace key values of accountability, transparency and integrity, leading to excellent standards of good governance. We have 18 passionate staff members and a core group of committed volunteers who carry the heart of our organisation and form the backbone of everything we do.


                      Ed Ellish                  Megan Eagles          Lauren Van Niekerk          Virginia Nadasen














•    We are registered as a Non-Profit Organisation (NPO) and a Public Beneficiary Organisation (PBO), therefore we are able to award Section 18A Tax Certificates.

•    Won Life is also a Level 1 B-BBEE Contributor and therefore able to provide relevant documentation in support of contributions made to Social Economic Development (SED).

•    Please email proof of payment to info@wonlife.org.za for donations of more than R500 so that we can provide you with a Section 18A Tax Certificate or B-BBEE Letter.




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Donations can be deposited into the following bank account:

Account Name:  Won Life
Account Number:  071978615
Bank:  Standard Bank of South Africa Ltd.
Branch and Code:  Tyger Manor | 05 04 10

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Our Programmes

Pre-Primary School

The Won Life Pre-Primary School is a registered, independent Grade R preschool providing excellent, holistic education to 180 learners each year. It started as an informal day-care in 2005 and was registered with the Western Cape Education Department (WCED) in 2007 to become the first Grade R school in the community. This is our flagship project and through the successful establishment of the school, we were able to establish vital credibility with the WCED and community through this programme, which in turn has paved the way for our continued involvement in education.



In addition to fun-filled educational learning, we also provide 2 cooked meals per day and beautiful facilities that communicate value to the children. The Won Life Pre-Primary School is a haven for children; a place of safety, both physically and emotionally, where they can freely discover and enquire about the world around them.

Literacy Centre

Our Literacy Centre started in 2013 and uses a curriculum developed by Shine Literacy, an established non-profit organisation focusing on English literacy intervention. We have partnered with Shine to become one of their Chapters and continue to work closely with them to deliver this interactive, volunteer-driven English literacy support programme which continues to equip Grade 2 and 3 learners at Trevor Manuel Primary School. We have a growing volunteer base who provide literacy sessions to 100 children on a weekly basis. We are always looking for more volunteers so that we can reach more learners.


This programme ensures that the children on it are equipped with being able to read, write and speak in English. English comprehension skills are key to a learner’s academic success and facilitates a smoother transition to Grade 4 for the Xhosa learners who switch from Xhosa to English as their language of instruction and for Afrikaans learners who take on English as a second language as they enter the Intermediate Phase.

Teacher Mentorship Programme

This programme exists to equip teachers in an under-resourced environment to deliver quality education to the children in their care.  We have also packaged our insights into a comprehensive resource called ‘CAPS in a SNAP’. This provides a paint-by-numbers approach to teaching the CAPS curriculum effectively in an under-resourced environment in order to make this available to other NGOs. This ‘CAPS in a SNAP’ resource provides detailed planning documents and resources, but also involves coaching and mentoring teachers to improve four key areas of learning and teaching, namely; classroom set up, lesson planning, lesson delivery and assessment. In addition to this, teachers are also mentored in soft skills such as time management, professionalism, team work and effective communication.
Currently, we are mentoring the Foundation Phase Teachers at the new Fisantekraal Primary School which opened in 2021. We are looking forward to growing this relationship and have high hopes for the positive impact on the quality of teaching and learning that we can make together.



High School Programme

Our High School Education Centre was established in 2017 and runs from Monday to Friday. We provide learners with a quick lunch, a desk, stationery, access to laptops, internet and a printer in order to assist them with the necessary resources needed to successfully complete their homework and studies.


In order to walk alongside learners on a more individual and personal level, the programme is enriched with Life Skills coaching and support by means of the Refined programme for the girls and Stronger programme for the boys.