The Home of Hope empowers its beneficiaries through educational support and skills development. Children benefit from a safe environment where they 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

  • 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


iKhaya children dream of becoming doctors, pilots, teachers, engineers and lawyers... Our "re-enforce learning" curriculum works alongside the current government education system and is designed to help them fulfil these hopes and dreams. Children learn to read and write their home language (isiXhosa) English, Maths, Literacy ( Readng English and isiXhosa- their home language) Environmental Awareness and Life Skills through a variety of developed hands-on methods. We monitor and evaluate students monthly, advocate with families and teachers, and follow up with testing and students' school reports.


In addition to homework and educational support, children have structured time at iKhaya to learn and grow through therapeutic play and Expressive Arts.  Interacting with their friends, playing games and sport daily.  Fridays are "Fun Days" at iKhaya, where there are no homework/lessons, leaving time for recreational activities! iKhaya offers activities such as soccer, volleyball, art, drama, dance, music, public speaking and choir. Holiday clubs, Youth Camps, Special Events and Outings also provide an opportunity for enrichment not usually available to the children.

The Arts provide powerful expressive therapy and vital skills for learning for young children.  iKhaya kids dress up like super heroes on Fridays, practice majorette, ballroom dance and modelling skills as well as find their voice for choir.  Some children have developed their gifting in music, art and dance as well as choreographing their own dance routines and accompanying iKhaya's Christmas carols on piano.  


Children are surrounded by poverty, insecurity, the effects of HIV/AIDS, and other stressful life circumstances.
Our programmes include a comprehensive life skills programme incorporating HIV & AIDS education and prevention, personal health and hygiene, promoting strategic thinking and decision making. We also offer therapeutic programmes using various resources to help children with problem solving, processing grief, managing anger, and dealing
with anxiety.


A hot meal is served daily and the children take home a sandwich with a piece of fruit at the end of every day.


Many parents of iKhaya’s children are unemployed (50%), undereducated, and need skills in order to provide for their families. iKhaya le Themba employs a resident/parent community worker who visits the homes of each of our families. The Director and Community Officer together assess and prioritise workshops to meet these needs, i.e. computer literacy, sewing, worker readiness training.   The centre advocates and acts as a referral system for the parents. iKhaya le themba aims to ensure each family’s needs are being met in the most comprehensive way equipping parents to support the children so that they can remain in their care even whilst the family maybe facing the extraordinary stress of poverty and illness. At present the centre supports 90 families in the community through Sewing Projects, Literacy and Computer Courses and Gender Based Violence Workshops.  


We started a Sewing Project with the mums that grew and expanded down to the Scout Hall in Hout Bay to be more inclusive of all Hout Bay. Our second Sewing Project was interrupted by Covid 19 social distancing but we hope to start afresh in 2021.  Watch this space! 


Our Property Manager,  Phila Nogwavo has trained as a site guide and started his own tourism business for iKhaya called Tours of Hope. "We do this for the love of the children," Phila says.  


Social Impact tours can be booked by contacting iKhaya's office at:  ikhayalethemba@gmail.com.  Numerous volunteers and tourists visiting the area have enjoyed tours of the township, learning its history and more about the Xhosa culture from Phila. Visitors have the option to experience township food and culture through "a taste of the township" and staff team building programmes through various service projects at iKhaya. Corporate team building days are also an option that can be booked through the above email address. 


Our book “Ikhaya Tales” was written exclusively by the children telling their own personal stories in their own unique way.  Proceeds from purchasing the book raise funds to take the children on outings outside of the township, to various tourist sites they would ordinarily have no opportunity to visit. A second book - a colouring book highlighting iKhaya's grounds and other Cape Town hotspots the children have enjoyed continues the story and is in publishing process. A colouring book is in process of publishing presently.  The children have also created some beautiful art bags for our visitors to purchase in support of the project.  


We long for a world where every child has hope and a future


iKhaya le themba offers educational support and holistic care for orphaned and vulnerable children and their families who are facing the effects of poverty, HIV & AIDS, trauma and learning difficulties. 


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Contact Us
Susan Hill, 

Mobile +27 (0) 725 174 100 (also available on WhatsApp)

Landline: +27 (0)21 791 6060

Email: ikhayalethemba@gmail.com

Address: Erf no. 2843, Imizamo Yethu, Van Hoogstraten, Hout Bay 7806, Cape Town, South Africa

Postal Address: P.O. Box 685, Constantia Village
Cape Town 7806, South Africa

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