iKhaya Experiences

Allan: A local voice

My name is Allan. I live just outside IY and am part of the community for over 4 years now. I was born in Zimbabwe and lived in a town called Harare. I lived there until I was 18 and then moved to Cape Town to reunite with my parents, they got here in 2006 when they...

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Jenny’s Experience at iKhaya

I'm from Germany, 18 years old and I've spent 10 unforgettable weeks at iKhaya le Themba in Imizamo Yethu, Hout Bay. I've felt at home there from the very first moment and I was so sad when my time at iKhaya ended, but I hope that I could give something back to the...

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Helena from Germany

Hello there! My name is Helena and I´m from Germany. I was volunteering at iKhaya Le Themba for two months and I am literally so thankful for the experiences I gained here and for the love and support I received. Unfortunately, time went by much too fast! Before I´ll...

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My time at iKhaya ~ Miriam

My name is Miriam, I'm 18 years old and I spent 3 months at iKhaya. Already on my first day, I could feel that this place is very special. At iKhaya, there is an atmosphere of love and protection. It has the ability to make people feel comfortable and at ease. This is...

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Cynthia’s time at iKhaya

  iKhaya le Themba seems to me like a magical place. How you treat a child is the most important aspect of their education that will help them grow into a happy and independent person. Every child has the opportunity to be themselves in everything they do. There...

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Svea’s volunteering experience

Hello my Name is Svea, I’m Swiss and 19 years old. After I finished my high school this year, I decided to do a grab year. Doing volunteer work during this time seemed like the right thing for me: travelling, going in a new culture, learn about different lifestyles...

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Anna at iKhaya

  “The laughter of a child is the light of a home!“ Just as this quote says - iKhaya le Themba, the home of hope, is only such an amazing place because of the people taking part in it. The teachers and especially the children create an atmosphere which makes you...

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iKhaya le Boyd

Hi, my name is Boyd van Kaauwen. I am a 20-year-old international Leisure Management student from The Netherlands. For my third year internship I chose to come to iKhaya le Themba and I can say it was a great decision! From the first moment on everyone was really open...

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Julia’s experience

Hello my name is Julia, i’m 18 years old and I was volunteering at iKhaya le Themba for four weeks. Now I’m home for just one day and I already miss the kids! The work at iKhaya is very unique and you always have to smile due to the kindness of all the kids. And this...

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Volunteer Lisa

iKhaya le themba – home of hope. And it’s definitely a home of hope. – for the children, the teachers and the volunteers. I’ve been there for one month and it was indescribable how many power the children gave me. They welcomed us since the very first moment and...

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Vera’s story of iKhaya

A few days have passed since I left iKhaya le Themba. It is very difficult to become aware of the feelings and emotions which I was allowed to experience in the last few weeks, and even more difficult to express them in words. I want to get to the point: the first...

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The Journey of Lara

  Hi, my name is Lara Ewert. I am an intern at iKhaya for almost two months now and luckily will be here until February 2019. I am in my third year from my study Leisure Management at the Breda University of Applied Sciences. This is my second time...

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Ikhaya Memories

Ikhaya le Themba... it has been one month since I saw the cheeky, radiant smiles of the little ones, the buzz of an organisation that never finishes, the proud stroll and watchful eyes of the teachers. Ikhaya le Themba... when I close my eyes I am back...

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Maria from Mexico

Being a volunteer at Ikhaya was the greatest experience in my life. Everyday was incredible, every smile, every song, every kid was amazing. When I arrived at Ikhaya I received a lot of love. Being part of their lives made me feel blessed. You...

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Hi, I am Wouter!

Hi there, I am Wouter Veneklaas. I am a 23-year-old undergraduate in Industrial Engineering and Management at the University of Twente. For my minor Sustainable Development, I had to find an internship in a developing country or region. Through...

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Annual Report 2016

In the heart of Imizamo Yethu, an informal settlement on the outskirts of Hout Bay, lies Ikhaya Le Themba, home of hope. Imizamo Yethu is only 18 hectares in size, but is home to over 33 600 individuals. Imizamo Yethu is poverty stricken and ridden with HIV&AIDS,...

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Nourish Bakery

Sharon Cithabathwa is operating Nourish Bakery in the Hout Bay Harbour. She makes cost effective, high quality bread and baked goods for her community. The kids learn a skill, stay out of trouble and gain opportunities for future employment. Sharon is empowered as a...

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Molweni nonke!

I am Chantal Schoenmakers, 21 years old and come from the Netherlands. I am an intern at iKhaya le Themba until July, 2017. Currently, I am in my third year of my study of International Leisure Management, the main part of the third year is for your internship. Before...

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