Thembalitsha Foundation - Restoring hope to those living in poverty in South Africa & developing them to a place of self reliance.
We are the Thembalitsha Foundation
Thembalitsha is the Xhosa word for New Hope and we aim to restore hope to the desperate and needy people of South Africa, developing them to a point of self-reliance through the provision of healthcare, education and training.
We started out in 1997 and now run seven projects in the western cape of South Africa. We believe each one of our projects is truly fantastic in its own right.
The Village of Hope is a project located on a farm in Grabouw, 60km east of Cape Town. We provide a safe, loving home to children infected or affected by HIV, AIDS and TB as well as educating and caring for children in the communities of Grabouw through sports-based social outreach and a support group for HIV+ adolescents.
Grabouw is a town of 65,000 people with a known HIV infection rate of 34% and where 40% of households survive on less than R2000 per month. It has one of the highest TB infection and fatality rates in the world, even though it is a curable disease.
In April 2009 we opened a child care unit providing much needed care for up to 9 children infected or affected by HIV, AIDS and TB. These children are medically stable and surviving but due to their social circumstances, are unable to be looked after by their own families. Our hope for every child is to see them back in a loving family environment. Since opening, the unit has been full to capacity and we have managed to successfully place many children back with their families.
Thembalitsha UK aims to:
- Establishing and operating cluster homes in the community to provide long term foster care for children who cannot be placed back into a family environment.
Established: April 1997
Registered Charity Number: 1122832
Board members: 10
Full time staff: 6
Phone number: 01296 422511
Address: Thembalitsha UK PO Box 900 Aylesbury HP20 9FHView charity accounts on the Charity Commission website