Helen Lieberman

Helen Lieberman is a South African community leader and activist who has been working in the townships of Cape Town for over 50 years. Originally a speech therapist, Helen made her first trip into the townships in the 1960s – the height of apartheid South Africa – to find a young patient who had been prematurely discharged from the hospital. The insights she gained and the relationships she developed with community leaders on this and her many subsequent visits built the foundation that led to the formation of Ikamva Labantu.