This is Our Story

iKhaya le Themba is a non-governmental organisation (NGO) working from a purpose-built campus in the informal settlement of Imizamo Yethu, Hout Bay.  iKhaya’s core work is to provide a safe and nurturing space for orphaned and vulnerable children between the ages of 6 and 12 who have suffered from the effects of HIV/AIDS, poverty, and other stressful life circumstances.  The organisation achieves this by providing a structured, holistic after-school care programme and family support centre which is in the interest of the children.  100 children attend our programmes daily and are nurtured, cared for, fed a hot meal by a staff of 11.  iKhaya le Themba provides homework assistance, literacy and numeracy skills as well as life skills, gardening along with psycho-social activities and counselling.

The Director is supported by a local management team consisting of an Education Programme Manager (who takes responsibility for the curriculum and oversees the teaching of the children) and a Property Manager who is responsible for provisioning and maintenance management of the property, including security.  We have a volunteer Financial Manager and a paid bookkeeper and auditor who are responsible for financial control.  The Director and the Management Team are responsible collectively for Human Resources.

The Director reports to the Management Executive Committee of iKhaya for all aspects of programme and operational management.

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 Orphaned 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 that provides Intensive Care Afterschool services to 100 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 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 one 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 this gap. There is great potential for more engagement with the community at large and iKhaya le themba writes articles for the local newspaper and social media platforms, participates in the local forums, invites volunteer students from the nearby privileged high-school and greater community as well as the global community to participate as volunteers to assist in bridging the divide.

Mission: WE LONG FOR A WORLD WHERE EVERY CHILD HAS HOPE AND A FUTURE

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.

 

Objectives

  • 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