Ikhaya le Themba – Home of Hope is nestled in Imizamo Yethu, a township in Hout Bay of the Western Cape. The last 12 years were spent doing our best to enhance the options and capabilities of some of the most vulnerable children in the area. The Home of Hope provides a safe environment where children can read, dance, learn crafts and experience the type of life skills, therapy groups and remedial education that every child needs, but too few receive. The children who attend are selected on the extent of their need, but invariably grow in confidence and stature, and this is reflected in their ability to persist with school.
Our model is a holistic and multi-facetted support system for families, orphans and vulnerable children in the community. Previously, an orphanage had been planned, but the community were adamant that the children should maintain their identity and culture, and asked for assistance in raising them. In its 12 years the project has grown from a container with a plastic table and chairs serving 40 children to becoming a safe haven for over 100 children, their carers and the community of Imizamo Yethu.
Ikhaya Le themba offers a variety of holistic programmes designed to educate and support the local community. Intensive afterschool care provides everything from basic maths training to therapy sessions; our community worker visits families to provide parenting classes and life skills training; our youth development programme offers education assistance, homework support, life skills and leadership development; adult education programmes provide in-home skills training for parents of vulnerable children.