iKhaya le Themba is a registered non-profit organisation founded in 2004 in Hout Bay. The organisation provides holistic care and family support to orphaned and vulnerable children in Imizamo Yethu township, as they face the effects of poverty, HIV/AIDS, trauma and learning difficulties. The Home of Hope provides intensive after school care with structured programs in a safe and stimulating environment for students in grades 1-6.
Despite South Africa’s historic advances in democracy and development since 1994, widespread poverty and social exclusion, exacerbated by the HIV&AIDS pandemic, have created a reality in which millions of children are in need of support and care. Collectively known as Orphans and Vulnerable Children, these youth live in conditions of poverty, homelessness and insecurity. In Imizamo Yethu the unemployment rate is 50% and the infectious rate of care-taking adults is at least 30%. To respond to this crisis, Ikhaya le themba developed a holistic model of support to Orphans and Vulnerable Children and their guardians. Today it provides Intensive Care Afterschool services to over 130 children and support to more than 60 families. Embraced and supported by the community, 70% of iKhaya staff come from the township.
Also known as Mandela Park, IY is a small township with approximately 35-50,000 people living in shack dwellings and some RDP housing provided by the government. There is an estimated 25% HIV infection rate and about 50% of the families are unemployed. Those who have employment are almost exclusively unskilled. Many of the care givers live in informal dwellings and do not have access to services including water, sewerage and electricity. Pollution and disease are ongoing problems exacerbating the general sense of hopelessness and despair in this community.
Inequality is often cited as another of the biggest challenges facing development and transformation. Hout Bay is a prime area that reflects the gap between the affluent and poor. iKhaya collaborates with organisations to build bridges to close the gap. There is great potential for more engagement with the community at large and iKhaya le themba is instrumental in writing regular features in the local newspaper and social media platforms, participates in the local forums, invites volunteer students from the nearby privileged high-school and general community as well as the global community to participate as volunteers to assist in bridging the divide.
The Home of Hope empowers beneficiaries through educational support and skills development. Children benefit from a safe environment where they can feel safe, nurtured and loved, where they learn, play and grow and are encouraged to develop hope for the future. A hot meal is served daily and the children take home a sandwich with a piece of fruit at the end of every day.
- Provide comprehensive after school care & remedial teaching to vulnerable children in the township, aged 6-14 years
- Support families who care for vulnerable children and orphans through our Parent Centre providing holistic education to adults
- Develop an ECD home based crèche system to provide employment to carers and quality care to children aged 0-6 years
- Build a sustainable organisation with a diverse donor base including a fundraising program from our community
- Measure the Impact of our work to increase the support to the sector
Network with like-minded organisations to encourage replication of the model in other communities