Tigane - North West Province; Sada & Whittlesea - Eastern Cape; Atlantis, Khayelitsha, Gugulethu & Nyanga - Western Cape and Midrand - Gauteng. Across our borders we have spent time in Harare - Zimbabwe; Swakopmund, Luderitz & Aussenkehr in Namibia. We strive to support communities and build long lasting relationships that make a difference.
Ikhaya Le Themba started in the community of Khayelitsha and now has a reach as far as Harare in Zimbabwe. Khayelitsha is a large township with over 750,000 inhabitants located on the outskirts of Cape Town. The majority of the population originates from regions outside Western Cape Province: it is estimated that 5% of the population is born in Khayelitsha, 75% come from Eastern Cape in the hope to find a job and increase the quality of their life. 30% of the population are children under the age of 14, and 46% of the total population is between 15 and 34 years old.
The rate of poverty, unemployment, crime and sexual violence, is alarming. Full-time employment is very low, especially for women, with only 17% stating they are in full-time employment while approximately 45% are unemployed. Among men, an estimated 33% are considered to have full-time employment and about 27% are unemployed. The functioning of the family unit is vulnerable as most families carry the burden of looking after members of the extended family such as abandoned / orphaned children or grandparents.
It is here that Ikhaya Le Themba was established and has quickly grown to reach far beyond the Western Cape. At our base of operations we have learnt an incredible amount from the community and feel blessed to be able to partner with them in creating a better future.
Below are the areas of focus in Khayelitsha:
Ikhaya Le Themba started working into Aussenkehr in 2007. It is a privately owned farm on the banks of the Orange River roughly 50km from the Vioolsdrift border crossing. At present the local population is in the region of 8000 but this varies depending on the pruning/picking seasons. Due to the migrant labour, cramped living conditions and sexual promiscuity, many unwanted pregnancies occur which create another problem as the newborn child cannot be taken to either of the parents villages. These infants are left behind at Aussenkehr where they are taken in by the Aussenkehr Child Care Centre (ACCC). The ACCC receives funding from some of the grape producers and is run by 3 staff and several volunteers who care for the 60 odd children on a daily basis. These children are placed with local families who provide and care for them.
Ikhaya Le Themba were introduced to Frik & Elmaré Conradie by John Noble of Vive Business Consultants during our first visit to Aussenkehr in March 2007. John had mentioned that there was a need for HBC training at the Child Care Center and suggested that we go up and meet with the people concerned. A deep seated friendship took root and during the course of the weekend it was agreed that they would send 4 of the Child Care Center workers to Cape Town to attend our next HBC training program. Funding for this exercise was provided by GoReefers who also had close ties to Aussenkehr and the ACCC.
On their return to Aussenkehr, the 4 candidates quickly established the Home Based Care routine using the empty clinic building as a headquarters. (the Nursing Sister in charge had just “up and left).
Our relationship with ACCC and GoReefers continues to strengthen over the years as we undertake more trips to Aussenkehr on GoReefers’ behalf to assist and mentor the ACCC staff, take foodstuffs and supplies and give spiritual support to the team.
There have been many changes taking place at the ACCC over the years’, one being that HBC visits have stopped as the Clinic is back in operation. The priority now is for the 3 ACCC staff to be trained and empowered to run child and youth programs and also for correct Spiritual input into the various local congregations.
Below are the areas of focus in Namibia: