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Our mission is to support the Lusito School in equipping each learner as best possible for their passage through life.

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Lusito Portuguese Association for the Challenged.


The Lusito Association was established in 1979 by a group of Portuguese parents who found a need for a school for the differently abled within the Portuguese community. The Lusito Association started the first Lusito School under the auspices of the Mental Health Society of the Witwatersrand and has subsequently grown with the school.


The Lusito Association is a non-profit organisation whose function is to manage and fundraise, to build and maintain, the Lusito School. The best known fundraising event is the Lusito Land Festival, winning Leisure Options Reader’s Choice Award for Johannesburg’s best festival. 100% of all funds raised from these fundraising events go directly to the school.


The Association is comprised of an Executive Committee and an Administrative Committee who are committed to improving the lives of the differently abled.


Mission: To support the Lusito School in equipping each learner as best possible for their passage through life.

The Lusito School


The Lusito School, located in the south of Johannesburg, started as a small day care centre and has developed into a fully-fledged school for the differently abled. Today, the school has more than 80 learners from all cultures and backgrounds. This school no longer offers a vital service solely to the Portuguese community but supports the differently abled from all cultures and backgrounds.


The parents of the learners are offered invaluable support. They are kept up-to-date with their children’s progress and the educators are available for consultation and guidance. Presently the school cares for individuals with Cerebral Palsy, learning disabilities, traumatic brain injury, Down’s Syndrome and other syndromes.

Executive Committee


Administrative Council


Sergio Aquino


Noemia Contente

1st Vice Chairlady

Jose da Silva

2nd Vice Chairman

Edwin Mungadzi


Isabel Cadilhe

Strategic Projects

Koos van der Schyff

Public Relations

Antonia Castanheira


Angelique da Silva

Daniel Malan

Ricardo Rebelo

Luis Coutinho

Kayla Malan

Vera Nazareth

Sonia Mbende

Please feel free to contact the Executive Committee via email - executive@lusitoassociation.org.za

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