Our Team

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Behind the incredible work of Ikhaya Le Themba there is a team of hard working and committed people who are dedicated to the values of flexibility, love, generosity, purpose and relationship. Let’s introduce them to you:

Our team on the ground

Ikhaya Le Themba has a group of incredible men and women who pour out their lives into the community of Khayelitsha. They care for the sick, love the lost, prepare meals, care for the gardens and so much more. We are blessed to have such a great team on the ground, certain members help to lead and administrate, while others assist in the community kitchen and garden preparing healthy meals to distribute to the rest of the community.

Theresa Richardson

Enterprise Development Manager

Theresa is one of the founding members and the visionary of Ikhaya Le Themba. She currently oversees Ikhaya Le Themba Enterprise Development program.

Theresa comes from a nursing background and worked as a Unit Manager at N1 City Hospital’s Medical ward. It is this background together with her heart for the poor and vulnerable, that inspired the birth of Ikhaya Le Themba a as an organisation providing Home Based Care to the terminally and chronically ill.

Over the years, she has seen Ikhaya Le Themba’s work transform lives and bring hope to many families. She has found working in the community to be the “University of Life”, filled with wonderfully diverse people and cultures. Theresa’s passion is to see communities encounter and experience God as Ikhaya Le Themba comes alongside to help overcome social challenges in a simple, practical way.

Bobby Teichert

Community Development Manager

Bobby joined the Ikhaya Le Themba team in September 2013, as the Orphan and Vulnerable Children’s Manager. As such, she oversees all projects that relate to children. Over the years her valuable input and dedication has grown her portfolio and now serves as the Community Development Manager.

Having graduated from The Global School of Theology in the Western Cape with a BA degree, Bobby felt a missionary call over her life from early on.

She has a passion for youth at risk and has recently completed her degree in Psychological Counselling through Unisa, with the desire to get involved in trauma counselling in the future.

Lucy Govender

Financial Manager

Lucy is the Financial Manager at Ikhaya Le Themba.

Lucy graduated from the University of South Africa with a BComm Degree and has completed her articles. Since 1996, she has worked at some well-established accounting firms, gaining extensive experience in all spheres of accounting, tax and audit. Lucy’s last firm was an International Audit Firm where she practiced as a senior manager.

Together with her husband, Peter, she also serves passionately with gratitude and much love as a deaconess at a local church and is also a proud mum to her two beautiful daughters. Her deep love for God and a purpose driven life in his Kingdom has laid a strong foundation for her to serve in Ikhaya Le Themba. Lucy is excited about adding value to the lives of people as she wholeheartedly uses her financial expertise and skills.

Tania Nell

General Manager

Tania is the General Manager at Ikhaya Le Themba. She is absolutely passionate about God, worship and children, her pride and joy being her two beautiful daughters, Tanita and Chani. She has a heart for the disadvantaged vulnerable children as well as their families.

She has been in a local church since 2006 and serves as a deaconess in the “NextGen” children’s ministry. Tania completed her BA Social Work and Honors in Psychology at the University of Stellenbosch in 1991. Since then she has spent the majority of her professional social work career in Family Services with the focus on Child Protection. She has worked both locally and internationally where at one point Wales, in the UK, was one of her many “homes”.

Tania is also qualified as an Employee Assistant Practitioner and dedicated seven years in the market place assisting management and staff to enhance employee wellness. In 2013 she completed a diploma in Leadership and performance management through University of Stellenbosch Business School. Tania considers it a privilege to serve as the new GM of a growing organisation. “Come be part of what God is doing today!”