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Zoleka: The Epitome of a Strong Woman

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Our 2021 blanket drive focuses on mothers and celebrating strength in women all over the world. We wish to reach women and mothers alike to ensure all women are celebrated and their strength acknowledged.  This came to life on a project visit to Mama Themba, with our questions set out for the Project Manager and her two peer counsellors, “What does it mean to be a mom?”… and “How are women strong?”… Pinky, one of Mama Themba’s peer counsellors instantly expressed her opinion of Zoleka being the epitome of a Strong Woman. Many of you may know her story, a tragedy she has had to live through and with her permission, we’d like to share it now…  Pinky Ngcuka and Zoleka Malamba, Mama Themba Peer Counsellors Zoleka started at Thembalitsha (when Mama Themba was still known as Bosom Buddies) as a Breastfeeding Counsellor based at Helderberg Hospital assisting with Antenatal and Postnatal care. She subsequently served in educating pregnant women and assisting breastfeeding mothers in several of

It's that time again, the end of the Tax Year

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PAY LESS  TAX  AND GIVE HOPE AT THE SAME TIME Making a charitable donation is not only a chance to make a difference: it's also an excellent way to reduce your  tax  burden for the year. The end of the  tax  year is the 28th of February 2021, and now is the time to donate.  WHAT DO YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT GIVING? Remember that donations to individuals will not qualify.  You cannot deduct contributions to specific individuals - no matter how deserving. This includes handouts to the homeless and collections at the office or in your neighbourhood for those experiencing tough times (including pooled funds for folks who are ill or have experienced a tragedy such as an accident or fire). If the deduction is important to you, consider working through an established organisation like Thembalitsha Foundation   Learn More >> When you make your  donation , the  NPO/C  must issue you with a receipt. You'll need to attach this as a supporting document if  SARS  questions the  deduction

Trainee to Trainer, a story of HOPE.

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At the start of 2018, Themba Training opened in their new space above Smiling Oven in the Gants Centre, after having relocated from their previous location in Crossroads. Marla van der Merwe, the newly appointed Project Manager kicked off the new year having created a new Themba Training product line and an array of training courses. News of the training courses was spread around through word of mouth among the projects and their communities.    It was in March 2018 that Nonkqubela heard of Themba Training through our Agape project manager, Thabisa, who had spread the word in their community. (These two women are friends and serve together at Every Nation Zola.) Nonkqubela then reached out to Marla to secure a space and days later attended the training, having never touched a sewing machine.  Nonkqubela wanted to upskill herself to help provide for her family and Themba Training could not have been a more perfect fit for her. After graduating the Basic Sewing Course, she transitioned i

A journey through School of Hope

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My journey with School of Hope started in 2008 when my dad enrolled me for Grade 10. I remember that year being extremely challenging, because of my health. Prior to 2008, I dropped out of high school because I deemed my circumstances to be more important than my education. Many people crossed my path and encouraged me to return to school, the desire grew stronger with time, but at the time I could barely take twenty steps without being exhausted (this is no exaggeration). I matriculated in 2010 as valedictorian; what I wanted to do after high school seemed blurry, but deep down I knew that I wanted to work with young people. I n 2011, I returned to the School of Hope as a volunteer for six months until I started working in retail. From this, you can gather that the school held a special place in my heart and it did not take long before I found myself walking through those doors again. This time the school relocate to Observatory and I was asked to present a speech during orientation w

Elizabeth's Story: Graceland's Gem

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“We started Graceland with only 6 children. In 1999, I, Elizabeth Solomons started as a teacher. At that stage, I did not have any formal qualifications other than my Grade 6 certificate. I started working at the school in faith that I would do my job well. In 2002, I was offered an opportunity through Thembalitsha Foundation to receive education in early childhood development. During the next two years, I would take part-time classes at Boland College Strand and complete my Level 4 course in 2004. I am the oldest child of seven children. I grew up on a farm called Morgenhof in Stellenbosch. My first school years started in Cloetesville at Pieter Lange veldt Primary. I went to school up to the age of 12years, at that time we were 5 children already and my younger brother and baby sister were at home, my mother had to go work on the farm with them but had to made the choice of taking me out of school. It was not an easy time for me because I really loved school. Since that time I was lo

ThembaCare Update: Letter from the Thembalitsha Board

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With the increasing challenges faced in these very dynamic times, Thembalitsha Foundation leadership is in the process of consolidating operations to ensure maximum impact across our various projects.  Community needs, financial sustainability, leadership and staff capacity are all important factors in the decision-making process.    Most recently, the Board and executive leadership of Thembalitsha have consulted with ThembaCare Grabouw employees and a range of stakeholders, both local and international, to discuss the future of this project.  In discussions, it was clear that closure of the In-Patient Unit was inevitable due to shifting priorities and a lack of sufficient funding from the Department of Health.  A scaled-down home-based care only service was then considered, however, limitations in regard to staffing oversight and the identification of a duplication of services (another organisation is providing home-based care in the area)  have lead us to make the painful decision to

Mother's Day: 2-for-1 Giving

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Every year at this time we think about our own mothers. What they mean to us. How we miss them if they’re living far away. Which of their characteristics we inherited and which of those home-cooked dishes were our favourites... if you’re like me, you wonder how they ever found the time and had the energy to do it all!  These thoughts always bring such inspiration, nostalgia, and a sense of belonging. Motherhood is truly a special place… and mothers, a special group of inspiring ladies. Sitting in my office at Themba Training, I look at the mothers around me: working hard and diligently to support their families in a time where there is an increasing amount of uncertainty, filling in for other losses of income. I look at the mothers around me and am inspired by their ability to use the very little they have to feed and clothe their families. I look at the mothers around me and stand in awe that despite intensely difficult circumstances, they still have brave smiles on their