We are committed to creating sustainable socio-economic change in Cape Town’s township communities.
By working hand-in-hand with community members, we seek to empower individuals and communities to become self-sufficient through the provision of training, support and resources.
In 1963, Helen Lieberman mobilised individuals to better their communities. Various initiatives were started, including centres for the disabled, and childcare and income generation projects to better the lives of the people living in those communities.
Community members start peer support groups. We open care centres and start working with seniors. The mamas of the community take orphaned children into their homes. We establish programmes for the blind and disabled and start to work with the youth of the communities.
We start informal schools in several townships in Cape Town. Our work starts to spread throughout South Africa, including Mossel Bay, George, Cradock in the Eastern Cape and Johannesburg. We also start cultivating our own food gardens, which to this day are still going strong.
In 1992, Ikamva Labantu is formally constituted. We build or upgrade over 100 pre-schools, and build our first seniors club, Noluthando 1, were the elderly can meet in a safe and secure environment. Our Rainbow Centre in Gugulethu is built. Today it houses a Senior Club, a pre-school and our Afterschool Programmes.
We build two additional centres in Khayelitsha – our Early Childhood Development Centre and our Enkhululekweni Wellness Centre. We open our model pre-school, Kwakhanya, which is a practical training-ground for township practitioners and principals. We open the Ikamva Labantu Family Centre housed in our ECD centre.
How you can help
Ikamva labantu can only do the work we do because of your contributions.
Make a difference in the lives of those living in the most vulnerable communities.