By: Amanda Mkhize.

Pelo Foundation is raising funds for Yibanathi Stofile from Kirkwood, a small town in the Eastern Cape who was born with a hole in his heart, to receive a heart operation, so that he goes back to school in 2023.

Since birth Yibanathi has been living with a heart condition, and is currently taking treatment for a Outlet Ventricular Septal Defect (VSD) while awaiting surgery. The heart disease has prevented him to have a normal childhood and regularly attend school.

The 13-year-old is an aspiring soccer player who one day sees himself playing for one of the teams in South Africa, however due to his condition that may end up just being a dream.

The funds raised will ensure that Yibanathi receives the much-needed surgery to close the hole in his heart and he will get the opportunity to join other school-going children in 2023 and start playing soccer regularly!

Yibanathi is among 500 children who are on the list at the Dora Nginza Provincial Hospital, waiting to receive the most needed surgeries and treatments. Some of the children have succumbed to the condition while on the wating list.

We are appealing that you join us to bring love and light to just one child!

Together, we can help Yibanathi.

For donations, visit our website or you can reach our fundraising officer, Ms Nobuhle Nkosi on


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