Early childhood development (ECD)

The first years of a child’s life are crucial for cognitive, emotional and social development. But millions of South African children do not have access to quality Early Childhood Development (ECD) programmes, denying them a strong foundation from which to build their future.

  • Our Kwakhanya Educare cares for 70 vulnerable children under 6.
  • Principal & practitioner pairs undergo training programme at Kwakhanya
  • Practitioners gain practical experience in the classroom
  • Principals develop leadership and business management skills
  • We’ve trained over 500 principals and practitioners so far, impacting over 17,000 children

Registration Helpdesk

We currently help hundreds of principals meet the norms and standards required to register their pre-school, and thereby access a subsidy from the Department of Social Development (DSD).


In order for a pre-school to access government funding, it needs to be registered. But registration can be a long process with many delays and challenges. We have established a mobile Registration Helpdesk, which provides pre-school principals with administrative assistance and on-site guidance to meet the criteria for registration.

Have a question for our ECD team? Contact us here.

Child and youth enrichment

Our Child and Youth Enrichment programme is based at our Rainbow Centre in Gugulethu and aims to provide holistic support to vulnerable schoolchildren from the surrounding community.

The centre is equipped with classrooms, a library and computer rooms and currently benefits 150 at-risk youth, aged 6-18.

  • Each child is supported by a dedicated Child & Youth Care Worker
  • A child’s home, school & community environments are assessed
  • After-school programme keeps children safe & engaged, through:
    • Life Skills
    • Sports & Recreation
    • Health & Wellness
    • Arts & Culture
    • Academic Support

Have a question for our CYEP team? Contact us here.

Our elderly are the backbone of our community. Many have become the breadwinners in their households, taking up the role of parents to their grandchildren. After decades of working with our seniors, we have an established programme that promotes active aging within their communities.

Senior clubs

We have a network of 19 Senior Clubs, which reaches more than 1,000 seniors every day in the township communities. In these safe environments, our seniors receive two nutritious meals a day, have their health monitored and participate in daily exercise and wellness programmes. They are also provided with income-generating opportunities, including beading. Our Seniors Programme has been recognised as a best-practice model by the South African government.

Umelwanes (neighbourhood friends)

Some seniors are unable to attend the clubs due to frailty, poor health or household responsibilities; but they are still in need of support and companionship. Ikamva Labantu has addressed this need through our Umelwane Project. This has doubled the reach of our Seniors programme, providing home-based care through regular visits from dedicated staff.

Have a question for our Seniors team? Contact us here.

Our support services


We provide primary health services across all of our programmes and train communities in preventative healthcare.


The Family Service focuses on counselling, disability support and parenting within our programmes.

Community Relations

Through working with important stakeholders, the Community Relations Service is our link to the communities we serve.