On the 12th of June 2021, Zoleka Monta launched her foundation the “Zoleka Monta Foundation”. Zoleka Monta Foundation is a children’s community which was established in 2021 by Zoleka Monta – a peace activist, youth advocate, anti-xenophobia activist & creative artist. Zoleka is previously known as an active member of the United Nations as a youth reporter for UNICEF Africa, a story contributor for the Youth Advocacy Guide by UNICEF Africa & Youth of the South African Institute of International Affairs, a communications officer for UNICEF UJ Club, the president of Girl Up Joburg 2020 and furthermore a Comprehensive Sexuality Education ambassador for UNESCO. These advocacy experiences gave her an insight on different demographics, age groups and populations -from working with the girl child, to women, children, refugees and the youth.
The launch was held in partnership with Constitution Hill and Skilful Spaces. The launch consisted of a panel discussion to commemorate Youth Month. The discussion facilitated by Lerai Rakoditsoe (the first African face for Nickolodean) was focused on the importance of supporting childhood dreams to building strong and sustainable youth development programs/initiatives.
The panellists: Zulaikha Patel, Zanele Phakathi and Bongani Dlamini shared their experiences and insights on the topic.
Zoleka also invited her mentor Cheryl Hlabane who played a huge role in the birth of ZM Foundation. Cheryl is a shelter manager at a Women and Children’s shelter Zoleka hosted her 19th birthday at – Frida Hartley. Cheryl is a women of change and she is deeply invested in human capital especially where children and women are concerned.
Zoleka’s mother was in charge of the kitchen and she left everyone asking for more.
Some of her partners such as TMDS and Skilful Spaces shared the importance of investing in children and women in all their programs.
With this foundation; Zoleka seeks to educate children with the values of peace, humanity, love and unity through artistic expression. She aims to inspire everyone in the world to stand for something in whatever industry or space they find themselves in. Additionally, she aims eradicate poverty and violence happening in South Africa and across the globe. In her words; “I would like to be the light I once needed.”