Showing posts from July, 2014


Somerset West was the scene of a roaring convoy from the Tygervalley Harley Davidson club as they drove from Cape Town to the Thembalitsha Foundation offices on Lourensford Road last week. The slub made this special trip to deliver a donation of baby goods to Thembalitsha’s project Mama Themba (formerly known as Bosom Buddies). Mama Themba serves our local hospital, Helderberg Hospital, by delivering baby bags to new mothers who give birth here. Each mom receives a bag with baby clothes, nappies, a blanket, sanitary towels and whatever else mom may need for baby’s first day. Each bag is hand delivered by this volunteer-driven project. Mama Themba further impacts infant mortality and morbidity by giving antenatal and breastfeeding education and support to all feeder clinics, spanning as far as Grabouw to Kleinvlei. The project was also joined by representatives from Truworths’ fashion department, who brought goods they had collected as a part of their Mandela Day initiative. All contrib

happy moves into new homes and challenges with old homes for our sports mentors

the brothers home we live in a world that doesn't seem fair and as you know life throws all sorts of challenges at us, however the bible says that we should praise God in the good times and the bad and it also calls us stand with those who mourn and celebrate with those who are happy. late on friday afternoon and during the weekend we had the opportunities to fulfil both of those God given mandates. mentors old home the first situation we were faced with came up during our weekly sports meeting, which due to the shocking weather we had to do at each of our peer educators (sports mentors) homes. two of our mentors are brothers and when we arrived at their home the wind was howling and the rain had turned to hail in the cold cape storm. inside their small bedroom (please don't have any western idea of what this might look like) the rain was pouring through the plastic sheet which made up their simple roof..... mentors new home's hard to know what one can do during times

mandela day visitors....for 67 minutes!

the aleit group with  maz (and wind) three of our sports mentors today, 18th july, was nelson mandela's birthday and it's a day where the people of south africa have been encouraged to spend 67 minutes helping others...why 67 minutes i hear you ask, well nelson gave 67 years of his life serving his country so we should all be able to spend 67 minutes thinking of others less fortunate than ourselves. as with other years we have found this to be a very busy day but it's well worth hosting the various people and organisations who are keen to come and see the work we are involved in day in day out and it's always a blessing to receive the wonderful donations that people often come with. the shoprite team this morning we welcomed a team from 'the aleit group' who bought up some wonderful materials, including colouring pens and paint pots, as well as bright coloured tables and chairs on which the children will undertake to create some masterpeices. (as you can see fro

world cup based sports outreach

with the world cup underway, we decided to stage a tournament for a hundred of the local children living in the various communities of Grabouw. these are some of the most needy children in our town, and with their home lives so unstable, it’s nice to offer them a break from the hardships they face every single day. we divided our existing 9 sports clubs into 9 teams that each represented one of the countries playing in the world cup. we also taught them some information about the country they were representing in the week leading up to the tournament. then, on the morning of Friday 4 th  July, we held the contest at a local school’s playing field. the weather was wild, and setting up was made difficult due to the strong wind, but with the help of both dedicated volunteers (emma, shae, aubrei, polly, jenny and barbara) and of course our sports mentors, we were soon ready to play. the sun had now come out, and the sight of a hundred kids doing one of the things they enjoy most was heartw

What's in a name? The launch of MAMA THEMBA

Bosom Buddies has evolved greatly in the eight years since its conception. My good friend and mentor, Melanie Novitzkas founded BB in 2006 while she was training to be a doula. During her practicals at our local hospital, she realised that many mothers go to hospital to give birth without having the necessary essentials for themselves and their babies. Melanie fervently started collecting and making bags for new moms. She grew Bosom Buddies and got integrated into the Thembalitsha Foundation; when I took over as manager in 2010 the BB volunteers visited 2 hospitals and produced 400 bags per month with three full time employees. Such tremendous growth speaks volume of this determined and lovingly generous founder. Melanie treasured the time she spent with the mothers, focusing on the spiritual and praying life and love over each mother and baby. With boundless compassion and empathy, Melanie grew Bosom Buddies to a well-known and much loved organisation in our area. I was excited and in