We rescue orphaned and vulnerable children from a place of danger and neglect and give them a place of safety and unconditional love in our family.
In this loving community we teach and model a new set of values based on Christian character – including kindness, integrity, joy, courage, service and a love of learning. On this foundation a sense of confidence and self-worth and dreams grow!
We lovingly coach and encourage our children to reach their full potential while providing them quality education, life skills and learning opportunities so that they become productive citizens and leaders within their sphere of influence.
Our aim is to be a resource and model of how to love and nurture vulnerable children – to our community, government, other NGOs, and the Church. We desire to partner with others to be a catalyst for justice and compassion for the poor and needy.
There are so many ways to give of your time! Whether you want to be a mentor, foster a child through the holidays or on weekends, or live at iKhethelo for a few months, there are so many ways you change a life!VIEW MORE
Giving is a wonderful part of being alive! Whether you want to give in-kind donations, make a financial contribution, or buy something off our needs list, go for it! Every gift makes a difference.VIEW MORE
You can become an advocate for the children of iKhethelo within your sphere of influence. Whether it's hosting a fundraiser or spreading the word about iKhethelo, you can contribute in an amazing way!VIEW MORE
TTwo children's villages, iKhethelo and Lily look after approximately 170 children between them, caring for orphaned and vulnerable children with unconditional love. In this way these children are given a home, a family, and profound sense of belonging.
This is a multi-tiered strategy for transforming our poorest and most broken communities through a wide range of training and mentoring curriculums - from basic skills through to NGO and PBO leadership. This is unto training and empowering our communities' leaders.
We see this having two components – the development of human capital for generational sustainability, and the provision of income, beyond mere charity, for the on-going support of our humanitarian projects. We are expanding rapidly in both key areas.
From early childhood development (ECD) through to High School our goal is to promote excellence in education, and a life-long love of learning.
At the epicentre of the HIV/AIDS pandemic we see our role as a catalyst for improved health services to the poorest of the poor. While our government struggles with the weight of the pandemic we are trying to limit the number of poor who fall through the cracks. To this end we partner with many others on the medical front, and focus much of our effort on helping those in crisis – particularly the children and elderly.
If you’ve ever seen a sunrise or a sunset, you know that light is nowhere more beautiful than where it meets the darkness, and that’s the lingering image I have of iKhethelo.
I know now that I am who I am because of iKhethelo.
I am very excited because I have always been at iKhethelo around people that love me but now I am ready to start a new chapter as an adult ready to face world.
I was so happy when I came here because I had been doing all the cooking, washing, and taking care of my mother and siblings, which had meant I hadn’t been able to go to school for 4 years. I could now go to school, I felt loved, I was fed, and I was safe.
iKhethelo is a place of hope and healing. I have watched child after child come here shut-down, afraid, and burdened with responsibilities far too great for one so young. Within a few weeks they are happy children again on the road to becoming powerful, loving leaders with incredible futures.
When we heard we were going to an orphanage at first we cried. But those tears were wasted because never had we ever seen a place as wonderful as this- even on television! We love our home at iKhethelo.
CHILDREN HOUSED AT IKHETHELO
CHILD SPONSORS STILL NEEDED
VULNERABLE CHILDREN SUPPORTED IN THE COMMUNITY
MEALS DISTRIBUTED MONTHLY IN COMMUNITY
Nompepho is a veteran social worker and successful business woman whose wisdom and kindness are legendary! She has invested huge amounts of time guiding and equipping the iKhethelo staff and loving the children.
Nic and his beloved wife Melissa began leading the iKhethelo team in 2011 having first been volunteers that fell in love with its children. Besides being the resident dad to 48 wonderful children he is also CEO of the Abathenjwa Trust - the umbrella organisation of iKhethelo.
Nombuso has been faithfully serving at iKhethelo as the resident social worker since 2007, while raising her beautiful young family with husband Doc. With great professionalism and compassion she now leads the orphan care programs of both Lily and iKhethelo.