What we do

For over a decade Thembalethu Home Based Care has provided extensive services to the Nkomazi community addressing issues related directly to the HIV and AIDS pandemic; such as the need for home-based palliative services, care of orphans and vulnerable children (OVC), provision of nutritional supplements, and education on HIV. We also tackled issues relating indirectly to the HIV and AIDS pandemic,  such as the need for poverty alleviation programs, supplemental education and sustainable community development.

Thembalethu is an organization that responds directly to current needs in the community that are not being met by formal institutional programs.

We focus on three areas:

  • Community Outreach - Health and Social Development
  • Learning and Linking - Self improvement & family support
  • Capacity Building - Poverty alleviation

Community Outreach

  • Home Based Care (HBC)
    • Home visits and on-site services for bedridden or chronically ill patients residing in and around Nkomazi including border areas in Mozambique and Swaziland.
  • Orphans and vulnerable children
    • Home visits and on-site services for orphaned or at-risk children, (ages 0-18)
    • Building homes for at risk children
    • Run after-school care programs (Kids Clubs) for up to 500 children in three villages
  • Food Security: 
    • A supplemental service to the HBC and OVC programs, to provide nutritional food staples to needy households
    • Food parcels/supplements to those who are unable to help themselves
    • Support of home-gardens with seeds and training
  • HIV/AIDS Prevention, Education & Outreach:
    • Education about HIV and AIDS through drama at schools, clinics and farms
    • Education to hasten the de-stigmatization of people living with HIV
    • Encouraging everyone to go for 'VCT' (Voluntary Counselling and Testing).

Learning and Linking

  • Youth work and capacity building:
    • Bursary assistance
    • Mentoring tertiary studies - through UNISA
    • Computer training - Microsoft and internet
    • Peer group and leadership training
    • Offer eco-friendly and 'recycling' training
    • On-site Library (supported by ZA Foundation)

Capacity Building

  • Income Generation
    • Assisting the alleviation of poverty through skills training, employment and self-sustainable programs
    • Small business training
    • Cultivation of Moringa trees
  • Institutional sustainability
    • Hiring out of meeting and function facilities
    • 'Nice 'n Tasty' restaurant and catering facility
    • Sale of Moringa seedlings
    • Sale of Internet services and general offices functions (faxing, copying)

Lobby and networking with other organizations

  • Government Departments
  • Local AIDS Council
  • Rape crises center (Masikumene)
  • Legal Aid (Nkomazi Legal Advice)
  • Funders and Donors



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