The first steps 1999
By 2006, Thembalethu’s scope had grown exponentially and the organization was reaching more people with needed services than any other organization in the region: over 9,000 patients had been provided with palliative care; more than 4,300 orphans and vulnerable children had been identified to receive assistance; 400 direct jobs had been created to alleviate poverty, with an estimated 6,000 indirect beneficiaries; over 8,000 persons were receiving nutritious staples through either food parcels or fruit & vegetable gardens; and an estimated 50,000 readers a week were receiving their local news and important information from a community newspaper, Nkomazi Voice, published by Thembalethu.
And, over the last decade, Thembalethu gained much-needed international recognition through hosting visitors, volunteers and media sources from around the globe who wanted to learn first-hand about the HIV and AIDS phenomena in South Africa. Thembalethu has thus been instrumental, not only as a role model for other South African agencies, but as a link between the ‘first world’ and ‘third world’ in a united fight against the HIV and AIDS pandemic.
In 2014, Thembalethu continues to maintain its roots in house-to-house care, but has also expanded its services to assist with the myriad other challenges caused by HIV and AIDS and poverty in the region. And while Thembalethu has succeeded in bringing HIV to the forefront of discussions in the Nkomazi region, there are still very few in the communities that fully acknowledge the impact that HIV and AIDS has had on their families, neighbors and friends. For this reason HIV and AIDS remains, to a large extent, a hidden tragedy of horrendous social proportions.
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Why We Work
"Where there is charity and wisdom,there is neither fear nor ignorance." St.Francis of Assisi 1181-1226
HIV, AIDS and poverty work together to destroy our communities. We have seen the devastation caused to families and in particular to young children, and our hearts have been filled with compassion and empathy. The Bible teaches us to love one another and to work towards the upliftment of our neighbors, so as staff of Thembalethu we have pooled our skills and work together to offer solutions that will have a positive impact to mitigate against HIV, AIDS and poverty.