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Skills Training is a vital part of helping communities to develop themselves. Through practical seminars and workshops we train up groups of men and women to develop new skills and incorporate Biblical principles into work and life.

Home Based Care Training

Our Home Based Care Training provides practical knowledge thereby enabling communities to care for their own, at ground level. We teach simple home based care principals, such as wound dressing, physical rehabilitation, nutrition and hygiene. Training in a way that enables learners’ to operate independently. The training is Biblically based, sharing the heart of servanthood and discipleship. In this way, truths that are taught are spread into the communities, as they love and look after each patient, whilst providing them with practical help. Our training material is in Xhosa and English and we are part of the Home Based Care Forum of Khayelitsha, which sets the standards and policies we adhere to.

It is essential that the Carers be trained in proper medical techniques, so that their assistance would be effective in counteracting the various sicknesses. Our training is structured to ensure that the carers are well equipped to deal with whatever they encounter on their home rounds. 

“Let your work be shown to your servants, and your glorious power to their children. Let the favour of the Lord be upon us, and establish the work of our hands upon us; yes establish the work of our hands!” Psalm 90: 16-17

Youth leaders life skills training

On a daily basis the youth in South African townships are exposed to various negative social and spiritual influences. At Ikhaya Le Themba, we decided to equip our youth leaders in their decision making, life and leadership skills by promoting good character. Every Friday afternoon we get together in Khayelitsha to mentor and disciple our Youth Leaders aged between 14 and 19 years; equipping and empowering them so that they are able to make the right choices when faced with difficult or tempting situations.

“Show yourself in all respects to be a model of good works, and in your teaching show integrity, dignity and sound speech that cannot be condemned.” Titus 2:7-8

Khayelitsha Swimming Outreach Programme

Khayelitsha Swimming Outreach Programme started with the vision to see communities positively impacted through the personal development of school children, by engaging with them in swimming activities; and to see the growth of swimming as a competitive sport within South Africa. This programme is facilitated by Carol Esterhuizen from Ripple Effect Swim School.  Since April 2016, Carol has trained 25 Pre-primary children in Khayelitsha at the Blue Downs swimming school. 

The mission of the Khayelitsha Swimming Outreach Programme is to improve the self-confidence of school children by teaching them the skill of swimming, increasing their water safety skills and exposing them to competitive swimming opportunities. Carol has partnered with Ikhaya Le Themba to make a difference in the children's lives. She is also working with MadSwimmers to help raise funds for the program with dreams to expand. MadSwimmers are a group swimmers doing crazy events to raise funds for charities, it is an amazing initiative and we are grateful to Carol for taking up the challenge!

If you would like to donate to this cause, please visit our donate page to EFT or use our SnapScan facilities using Add a Swimmer as a reference. 

Kindermusik® with Cindy-Lee

Early introduction to music and movement has shown to impact children’s brain and body developmentin a way few other learning methods can. Music is one of the best vehicles to early childhood literacy, mathematics and language skills. Transforming lives of families and teachers around the world since 1978. Science has shown that children of any age learn more when the learning is playful and fun. But having fun is just the beginning. Steeped in educational theory, this program engages the potential found in every child.

The purpose of this initiative: To develop young minds & change the world, one child at a time by partnering with Kindermusik® with Cindy-Lee. The programme focusses on ECD within Yomelela Primary with the hopes of expanding into other schools in the area as well.