Find Your Inner Lion

Normalising mental health conversations

Rooted in the vibrant tapestry of Cape Town townships and rapidly expanding throughout South Africa, Little Lions is more than an organisation; it’s a movement.

Our journey began with a single purpose: to ignite the spirits of children in under-resourced communities through the power of mental health workshops, so that they can enter adulthood confidently.

What we do

Local townships. Global impact.


The heart of our mission beats with the drum of Little Lions workshops: 12 pathways to discovery, in the form of wildly interactive and profound sessions. As children engage in activities and games, the once-intimidating topic of ‘mental health’ becomes relatable and approachable.


Beyond workshops, beyond education, the Little Lions Academy stands as a testament to shaping not just young minds, but entire communities. We’re not just educating; we’re empowering. In the Academy, we professionally train and equip local role-models to take on the role of mentors in the communities we transform.


This is your invitation to shape brighter futures for under-resourced children. By lending your skills, knowledge, network, and your monthly financial support, you become a catalyst for improving children’s mental health.

Our Impact in 2023

As of now, Little Lions has:

1352 free workshops in 2023 and counting

Giving free mental health workshops
to 2500 children.

Implemented an effectiveness study

Implemented an effectiveness study to measure the impact of our programme and validate our Little Lions Emotional Tool. Our first cohort included 142 learners in a public primary school in Eldoret, Kenya

6 townships (and counting)

Transformed lives in 6 townships (and counting) in Cape Town and Stellenbosch including Langa, Khayelitsha (Site B and Makhaza), Imizamo Yethu, Klapmuts, and Mfuleni

Empowered over 3000 children

By teaching them resilience, confidence, and emotional awareness

18 mental health coaches in Cape Town

We have educated 18 mental health coaches in Cape Town, of which 6 are still working with Little Lions full-time. Through the Inner Lion Programme, 39 more coaches have been trained to work with the Little Lions mental health curriculum

Our goal is to help children from under-resourced communities become mentally stronger by creating a pride of mental health coaches, so that together, we can foster emotional well-being that's resilient against life's storms – shaping tomorrow's leaders.

Members of the Pride

Get in touch

If you’re interested in becoming a partner, joining Little Lions or simply finding out more, please get in touch!


Your support helps us to achieve our mission of creating a generation of resilient and confident children.

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South Africa

19 Glynville Terrace

Gardens, Cape Town


The Netherlands

Jacob van Lennepstraat 15O

1053 HA Amsterdam