THE HOME OF HOPE
Despite its advances in democracy and development; South Africa has the largest Human Immunodefieciency Virus (HIV) epidemic in the world. The lasting effects, including the recent COVID 19 pandemic have created a reality in which millions of South Africa’s children are in need of support and care. Collectively known as Orphaned and Vulnerable Children, these young people live in conditions of poverty, homelessness, financial insecurity and other stressful life circumstances.
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. 108 children attend our programmes daily where they are nurtured, cared for, fed a hot meal by a staff of 10. iKhaya le Themba provides homework educational and holistic support, homework, literacy and numeracy labs as well as life skills, gardening with psycho-social activities, structured play and counselling.
Nestled in the picturesque valley of Hout Bay, Imizamo Yethu is a small township with approximately 60,000 people living in shack dwellings with some government provided RDP housing. Over 50% of the families suffer from unemployment and the population is largely unskilled. There is an estimated HIV infection rate of at least 25%. Many 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.
iKhaya Le Themba in isiXhosa meaning “Home of Hope” and was created in partnership with the families and community of iKhaya's kids. We long for a world where every child has hope and a future.
iKhaya le Themba was intended to be an orphanage, but in conversations with the residents of Imizamo Yethu, a partnership that equipped and empowered children through education and offered holistic support for their families was of greater benefit. iKhaya le Themba originally offered a hot meal and homework help in a safe place for 45 kids and very quickly grew into a purpose built campus with a re-inforced learning curriculum that works alongside the government education system. Students learn isiXhosa, English, Maths, Reading and Life Skills in a more child-friendly way through Sport, Art, Music Dance, Choir, Drama and therapeutic play.
Partnership with the community of Imizamo Yethu and other local organisations is integral to iKhaya. Through open communication we can help ensure that we meet expressed needs rather than perceived ones.
iKhaya le Themba is strongly embraced and supported by the community. 90% of iKhaya staff are residents of the township. We collaborate with local community groups, schools and other NGOs to provide a range of workshops and programmes.
BELIEVING IN HOPES AND DREAMS
iKhaya le Themba – the Home of Hope-provides a safe place where love, nurture and care are top priority for children and their families. Over 18 years we have built an iKhaya family of staff, volunteers, board, funders and supporters both locally and across the world. We believe in the hopes and dreams of orphaned and vulnerable children who might otherwise slip through the cracks due to lack of resources, encouragement or support. We long to become part of their story where every child has hope and a future and the effects of poverty, trauma and HIV/Aids and other life threatening circumstances are no longer seen.