This is Our History

14 years ago an orphanage was planned but when we spoke to the community they said no, rather please help us raise the kids to be South Africa’s next generation of leaders?  We need a safe place for them in the afternoons where they will do their homework and be nurtured and loved while we are at work.  Voila!  iKhaya le Themba was birthed and grew from a container with some plastic tables and chairs helping 45 children of various ages do their homework to a 5 days per week reinforced learning program assisting 100+ children from grades 1 – 6 and their families daily. 

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.

Research was conducted through conversations with community leaders and families. The model of care was designed as a holistic and multi-facetted support system for families, orphans and vulnerable children in the community. An orphanage had been planned but the community was adamant that the children should maintain their identity and culture, asking 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.

Embraced and supported by the community, 70% of iKhaya staff come from the township and provide holistic support and care for more than 130 children and their guardians daily. Partnering with other community groups and local NGOs in Hout Bay, they provide counselling, therapy and workshops for adults along with an intensive after school care program for grades 1-6. Recently a youth development program for grades 7-12 was launched. An early childhood development training model has been established to train mothers in the community to care for children ages 0-6.