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University graduate with many years teaching experience, focusing on History and Psychology and then on Pre-primary education. Qualified play therapist and mother of four successful young adults and a devoted grandmother. Anthea initially started a reading programme in 2006.


She also grew the NPO and manages the programmes, fundraising, volunteers and staff. She is personally involved with the schools and the children on a daily basis. Anthea personally collects donations of actual books, clothes, food, toys, stationery. She manages book sales, and clothing sales and distribution. 


As a result of her dedicated service, Anthea was awarded the Paul Harris Award from The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International.

Anthea Rodseth Pampallis


Founder and CEO

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Business owner in the letting space with a heart for children.

Janine Massey

Business Owner

Harold MacMillan

Engineer and Missionary

Engineer and missionary who has worked with children in Mozambique.

Leanne trained as a teacher at Edgewood college and went on to do a PR diploma and gain some corporate experience in this field. She has taught primary school for 29 years in KZN including three years in Dubai.


Before Covid, Leanne joined an NGO for three years and assisted with creating libraries and book corners in rural schools mainly in Inanda. Leanne also played the role of librarian for a few years within her teaching career. She joined Africa's Anchor of Hope in 2023 to replace the co-ordinator who had relocated to the UK. She has taken on the role of managing the libraries. She also works with the volunteers. 

Leanne Dyer

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Programme Co-ordinator


The programmes are supported by a team of volunteers, some of whom are funded as they themselves are from disadvantaged communities. The volunteers are either young graduates, corporate professionals, academics, teachers, moms or grannies who have a wealth of experience in working with their own children to encourage reading, educational play and providing love and emotional support.


Some of them have education or psychology qualifications and have taught in good schools. Others have worked as class teaching aids. They work in teams and help in the libraries, work individually with grade 3 learners, fix and cover books, sew book bags, repair toys, make loaves of sandwiches, collect books and manage book sales for fund raising. They also assist Anthea on an ad hoc basis with baking for parties and participation on the days of the events.

Clayton and Natest

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Group Of Volunteers

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Opportunities are also provided for senior school learners to earn community service hours for their own school requirements and the pupils from Durban Girls’ College assist regularly.

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