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.

OUR HERITAGE

1960s

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.

1970s

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.

1980s

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.

1990s

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.

2000s +

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.

OUR FOUNDING MAMAS

Ikamva Labantu was built by a group of determined women who envisioned a better future for South Africa.

OUR PEOPLE

Our team is over 130 strong, of which at least 100 live in the communities we serve.

Management

Evansa Roos
Finance Manager

Barbara Stemmert
Programme Director

Jovana Djeri
Head of Fundraising

Isaac Petersen
Operations and Facilities Manager

Programme team

Barbara Stemmert
Head of Early Childhood Development

Bulelwa Ndibongo
Head of Child and Youth Enrichment

Lulama Sigasana
Head of Seniors

Lizette Oliver
Head of Health

Jo Mc Clellan
Head of Family Centre

Mthunzi Funo
Head of Community Relations

Board of trustees

Richard van Rensburg
Chairperson

Helen Lieberman
Founder and Honorary President of Ikamva Labantu

Keneilwe Moloko

Neetesh Ramjee

Ilana Shone

Natalie Barnett

Avin Lieberman

Board of protectors

Gaynor Rupert (Chairperson)

Director and owner of the Drakenstein Stud; Chairperson of the South African College for Tourism and initiator of the Tracker Academy (Peace Parks); Founding and Executive Trustee of the Imibala Trust, and Board Member of the Rupert Family Foundations.

“Over my 20-year association with the board, I have been moved to see the way in which Ikamva Labantu works with township communities to empower them to uphold the cause of the weak and needy, defend the fatherless and provide refuge for the elderly. It has been a great privilege to join hands with the Ikamva Labantu family and participate in the realisation of such a grand vision.”


Philip J Krawitz

Executive Chairman, Cape Union Mart Group

“Ikamva Labantu is an organisation which focuses on ‘hand-ups’ rather than ‘hand-outs’. Its culture is one of inter-dependency rather than dependency. I consider it a privilege to be able to help people help themselves in order to live the dream of our Rainbow Nation.”


Maria Ramos

Chief Executive Officer, Barclays Africa Group Limited

“Ikamva Labantu does inspirational work, touching the lives of the most vulnerable people in our society, and living up to its vision of ‘every human being has the right to a dignified life’. I am proud to be associated with an initiative that enables communities to be self-reliant by providing them with hope, information, support and resources.”

OUR SUPPORTERS