About The Little Optimist Trust

Our main aim is to Inspire Kids to SURVIVE and THRIVE.

Optimism is a potent health tonic and through our programs, talks, books and documentary we inspire kids to be optimistic despite their present situation.

In partnership with our key sponsors we fundraise and assist to renovate and refurbish paediatric health care, primary care and education facilities

Our main beneficiaries are vulnerable children, be they marginalized economically or have compromised health.

Find out more about the Trust below

We are a registered TRUST, certified Public Benefit Organization and registered NPO. All donations are eligible for a  Section 18a Tax Certificate and The Little Optimist Trust is a B-BBEEE Level 1 Contributor. 

PBO Number: 930060059

NPO Number: 228- 978 NPO

Trust Number: IT002355/2016(C)

Changing one’s outlook affects your mental health and your ability to tackle life’s challenges. The main aim of our programs is to inspire the children to look past their present circumstances and look to the future with hope and possibility.

Our programs run throughout the year.


  • Visits to hospitals and health care facilities
  • Visits to youth centers, schools and after care facilities.
  • The Little Optimist Sailing Academy
  • Sailing Therapy and Growth Mindset Programs and workbooks 

Little Optimist Trust Projects

We care not only for the mental state of our beneficiaries but also look to their physical needs. Each year, in consultation with our sponsors and key partners, we select institutions and facilities to upgrade. 

We have renovated, painted and beautified the following health and education facilities:

  • Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital – 2017
  • Maitland Children’s Hospital – 2018
  • Edendale Hospital – 2018/19
  • Umthawelanga Educare Creche, Mfuleni – 2019

Our current project for 2020 is The Youth Centre at Groote Schuur Hospital.



Thank you for being a part of this journey.

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Gold Sponsors


Project Partners


Social Partners

It is our privilege to work with dynamic and committed social partners to bring about positive change in the hearts and minds of our kids.


The Little Optimists are a squad of young people who embody the values of The Little Optimist: they are Brave, they have Heart, they never give up! Meet the real life heroes HERE