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  • To end off the year…

    A thank you to you from the children in our Chess Club and Online Educational Support programme.

    As we approach the end of the year we, at Ikamva Labantu, would like to take this opportunity to thank our volunteers, supporters, donors, staff and beneficiaries. Without your constant and unfailing support, we would not be where we are today.

    While it has been a challenging year for many other organisations like ours, … READ MORE

    It’s time we dealt with trauma as a community

    We recently held our first ever Trauma Workshop, where the mental health fraternity gathered to discuss ways to support those affected by trauma in the Khayelitsha community, in Cape Town.

    Delegates as far afield as the United States participated in our first Trauma Workshop.

    Delegates as far afield as the United States participated in our first Trauma Workshop.Many living in the area are not aware that they may suffer from post-traumatic … READ MORE

    Olympiatrics – seniors getting active

    What do duck walk races, egg and spoon races, sleeping bag races and bowl-a-hole have in common? They were all part of the annual Olympiatrics Senior Citizens Sports Event held during Seniors Month at Vygieskraal Stadium in Athlone, Cape Town.

    Serious fun and games during the Olympiatrics.

    Hot off the heels of the London Olympics and Paralympics, hundreds of seniors gathered to compete against each other at the 27th Olympiatrics. Seniors … READ MORE

    Smiles all around this festive season

    Caroline de Gruchy with some of the over 900 gift boxes donated and collected for our seniors.

    A bold initiative by one of our volunteers, Caroline de Gruchy, brought a smile to over 900 seniors’ faces. Caroline created a movement to provide gift boxes for our seniors that include: a toothbrush, toothpaste, a face cloth, a pair of socks, soap, a chocolate and a small packet of biscuits – all … READ MORE

    Online Educational Support – an initiative that changes lives

    Children from our Orphans & Vulnerable Children department receive free literacy, numeracy and computer literacy classes in our after school programme.

    This year the Orphans and Vulnerable Children’s (OVC) department introduced the Online Educational Support programme, which helps children better their numeracy and literacy levels. About 45 children from the OVC department form part of this after-school programme.

    The programme uses animation, activities and reward games to keep children motivated and … READ MORE

    Wishing you happy holidays

    It’s been quite a year for us at Ikamva Labantu.

    2013 marked our 50th anniversary, having been founded in 1963 by the many women who built our organisation to what it is today.

    It has been a testing time for many in the non-governmental and non-profit sectors, but we have managed to stay afloat to celebrate with our staff, beneficiaries, friends, donors and supporters.

    As 2013 draws to a close, we would like … READ MORE

    Continued success with Parent and Caregivers programme

    Parents and caregivers completed a training programme in child development.

    It has been said that parenting is the hardest job. In today’s society, parents need all the help and support they can get. It was for this reason that we started an ongoing Parent and Caregivers programme that better equips parents and caregivers to take care of their children.

    The programme was presented, run and developed by Ikamva Labantu speech therapist, … READ MORE

    Meet Phumlani Matshayona

    Phumlani Matshayona

    Young people, especially those who come from disadvantaged backgrounds in South Africa, face the challenges of finding employment, being the breadwinners in their families and taking care of their siblings.

    Phumlani Matshayona is not waiting for good things to happen to him, but making it happen.

    Words by Thembelihle Dubani          

    Phumlani Matshayona is a very nice guy. He is humble and talks about his community all the time. This year … READ MORE

    Seniors’ annual Cultural Day

    Cultural Day brought together seniors from all of our 17 seniors clubs.

    Once again, our seniors dressed to the nines when they held their annual Cultural Day. Each year nearly 600 of our seniors from 17 seniors clubs gather, dressed in their best cultural outfits, to celebrate their unique heritage and culture. This year was no different.

    Bright colours, painted faces, traditional clothing, singing and dancing filled the Endlovini Community Hall … READ MORE

    Giving the gift of sight

    Over 2 000 pre-school children have been screened to make sure they have 20/20 vision.

    This year, in collaboration with Jonga Trust and the Lions Club District 410A, we embarked on a campaign to provide eye screenings to children who do not have access to proper eye healthcare.

    Since the initiative started at the beginning of this year, over 2 000 children from disadvantaged pre-schools in Cape Town have been screened.

    “While we … READ MORE

    A retrospective from Notre Dame

    Notre Dame University graduates, Laura Boova and Kelly Strait.

    Just in from the University of Notre Dame in the United States, we first entered the Ikamva Labantu head office as graduate business students dedicating our summer (your winter) to a two-month internship. On the cusp of a major remodel, Ikamva Labantu’s office’s stoic appearance, with white walls and bed sheet-laden office furniture, was offset by warm welcomes from the people … READ MORE

    Making our forums work

    This August we kicked off our first ever road show with meetings and workshops with members of our Siyakhathala Forum. The forum consists of all the carers from our Orphans and Vulnerable Children (OVC) programme.

    A road show with community forum members aims to better communication and generate ideas for smoother           working relations.

    The idea behind the road show, conceptualised by our Community Relations department, was to boost interaction between Ikamva … READ MORE

    Introducing our new Director

    It gives us great pleasure to announce Ananda Nel, previously our Programme Director, as the new director of Ikamva Labantu.

    Ananda Nel has been appointed director atIkamva Labantu.

    “We are delighted to welcome Ananda as our new director. In the two years she has been with us, we have all valued her caring and empathy for the community and the commitment she has shown to every task she has undertaken. Her … READ MORE

    A sad farewell to Janine

    Janine van Stolk, our former director, has left us after almost three years.

    Janine van Stolk, Ikamva Labantu’s director for the most part of the last three years, has left us for new pastures. She goes with our gratitude and blessings, we will all miss her very much.

    She brought the spirit of transformation and applied her expertise, energy and wisdom to changes that have energised and helped us to focus … READ MORE

    Something to really smile about

    A Dental Wellness Trust, which Ikamva Labantu forms part of, launched a pilot oral health education programme in Khayelitsha.

    The programme was introduced after various roleplayers met during a conference that focussed on oral health, and is modelled on the successful “Fit for Schools” programme started in the Philippines.

    The pilot programme, taking place over a six month period, will see children provided with Colgate-sponsored toothbrushes at school. There they will participate … READ MORE