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Who we are

Accountability, respect and building strong relationships are the core values of The Zoe Project and is the foundation from where we go from strength to strength. We have very good relationships with the staff and management at the Retreat MOU and Hanover Park MOU, and the other organisations that we work with.

Our Story

In 1998, Tracey Aitken started running educational programmes at Retreat Maternity and Obstetrics Unit (MOU), which services pregnant women from a wide range of areas. Being made aware of the needs of the women who come to the MOU to have their babies, she started collecting and making items for the mothers and babies. The first young pregnant girl that Tracey counselled was adamant on an abortion, coming from an abusive relationship and broken family. With further support and counselling, the girl decided to have the baby adopted, and asked Tracey to name the baby. The“first baby” was named Zoe, meaning “life”… and The Zoe Project was born.  

Meet the team

The Zoe Project is run by a core team of dedicated volunteers. We are accountable. We are hands-on. We care deeply about the women, children and men that we work with. And our approach works. 

Accountability, respect and building strong relationships are the core values of The Zoe Project and is the foundation from where we go from strength to strength. We have very good relationships with the staff and management at the Retreat MOU and Hanover Park MOU, and the other organisations that we work with.

Tracey Aitken

The brains and heart behind the organisation, Tracey has grown the organisation over the past 17 years, establishing strong key relationships and building a team of passionate, caring volunteers. 

Cathi Henderson

Cathi is involved with the Zoe Project because she loves the fact that it strives to highlight the value and worth of each and every mom and baby no matter what walk of life that mom comes from.  Cathi works as a Doula when she is available, and helps manage The Zoe Project’s Facebook page.

Charles Daniels

Charles has been working as a counsellor with the Zoe Project for the past 10 years. He is the Chairperson of the Lavender Hill Civic Association and coordinates the TB/HIV Care counsellors at 10 Health Facilities in Cape Town.

Gretha Venter

Gretha has worked with the development of women in the areas of parenting and family for many years, and is passionate about assisting people to attain the dreams they have for their lives and to facilitate positive change in communities. She facilitates weekly antenatal talks and Pregnancy and Birth classes for our clients. She also co-ordinates the doula programme. 

June Bennett

June has made clothes, blankets and meals for The Zoe Project since its inception. She currently prepares 80 meals for the moms at Retreat and Hanover Park every month.

Nandipha Sotashe

Nandipha met Tracey when Nandipha was pregnant and giving birth at the Retreat MOU. Together with Tracey, Nandipha now speaks to girls at schools and churches about how she overcome the adverse circumstances in her life.

Vanessa de Stadler

Vanessa has been working with The Zoe Project at the Retreat MOU for approximately 10 years, when she decided she wanted to contribute more to her community. 

Yolanda Parry

A trained nursing sister, Yolanda Parry has been a Doula volunteer at The Zoe Project for 8 years and is passionate about working with newborn babies and their mothers.