Only by handing individuals control of their own lives can we set them free to support themselves in a meaningful and sustainable way.
Our community participants include community caregivers and community forums – a network of dedicated and selfless mobilised mamas and tatas who champion social development within the communities we serve.
These include foster parents, neighbours, ECD teachers, grandparents, guardians – and they’re collectively represented through community forums: peer support groups which oversee the services rendered within our communities and which play a critical role in our organisation. Small area forums gather regularly, and then convene monthly at larger Ikamva Labantu Community Forums.
Here members voice the challenges their communities face, share insights and solutions and bring specific community needs to our attention. Many of the founding mamas of Ikamva Labantu still serve on community forums today – and while they are formal, independent organisations, they are supported by Ikamva Labantu. We provide governance and leadership training, workshops, premises and facilities for meetings, and we actively participate, help problem-solve and consult as needed around programme development.