iKhaya le Themba
iKhaya le themba offers holistic care and family support for orphaned and vulnerable children as they face the effects of poverty, HIV & AIDS, trauma and learning difficulties. We are located in Imizamo Yethu, a township in Hout Bay.
About iKhaya le Themba
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.
We long for a world where every child has hope and a future where the effects of poverty, trauma and HIV/Aids are no longer seen.
iKhaya le themba offers holistic care and family support to orphaned and vulnerable children in Imizamo Yethu, Cape Town as they face the effects of poverty, HIV & AIDS, trauma and learning difficulties. Our hope is that our holistic model can be replicated throughout South Africa.
IMIZAMO YETHU, HOUT BAY
WHERE WE ARE
The township or informal settlement of Imizamo Yethu is situated in the picturesque seaside suburb of Hout Bay in Cape Town. Hout Bay is like a microcosm of South Africa, with a wealthy, mainly white community, living alongside the poorer black community in Imizamo Yethu, and a so-called ‘coloured’ community in the township of Hangklip near the harbour.
Imizamo Yethu has a population of roughly 30,000 residents, who are mainly of Xhosa speaking origin from the Eastern Cape together with immigrants from the rest of Africa. The informal settlement was established in the early 1990s when 450 families who had been squatting in shacks around Hout Bay were moved to this new area on the side of a mountain overlooking the harbour. The population of the township has mushroomed since then, as black people in search of work, education and a better future settled there.
Although much as been done, housing needs are still at a critical level with many people being forced to live in temporary shelters out of corrugated iron, called “shacks“. The settlement has dismal water facilities with no sewerage system and proper toilets for the greater part of these people; the area is also a very high-risk fire area and carries with it poor emergency services access. Due to the high unemployment, many homes have problems with alcohol, drugs, gangsterism, woman/child abuse and crime.