ThembaCare Update: Letter from the Thembalitsha Board

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 close ThembaCare’s doors with effect from 31 October 2020.
Thembalitsha remains committed to the town of Grabouw and the community it has served since 2006. We will continue to engage with funders, other public benefit organisations in the area and employees with a view to facilitating the establishment of a similar service on a different platform, should such an opportunity present itself.
As mentioned above, Thembalitsha is consolidating focus on areas where we can have the greatest impact and will continue to provide services in the fields of:

  • Education: School of Hope in Cape Town, Agape Educare in Asanda Village, Graceland in Devon Valley and EduCare Grabouw
  • Training: Themba Training in Somerset West and Themba Connect in Adelaide, Eastern Cape) and 
  • Health: Mama Themba in Somerset West. 

We are proud of our project managers and staff that are achieving significant results in the areas in which they serve and fulfilling our stated objectives of restoring hope and changing lives.
We stand ready to engage with our stakeholders and donors as we navigate this transition and address a constrained operating environment which has been exacerbated by severe funding pressures. To our loyal ThembaCare funders, we thank you for your patience and understanding during this testing period. We would be so grateful if you elect to transfer your support to another Thembalitsha project.

As always, we believe in transparency in everything we do. Therefore, should you have any questions regarding the closure of ThembaCare Grabouw, please do not hesitate to contact our Managing Director, Monica Folscher. (

Board of Directors 
Thembalitsha FoundationNPC South Africa

The Smart Centre, 4 Lourensford Road, Somerset West, 7130.  Tel:  +27 21 852 3425 Fax:  +27 21 852 3465.
Directors: A Geard (Chairman), F R Christie, M Folscher, J Miller, G Maswime, L, Ndlela , A Carvalheiro
NPO:  007-490 | PBO: 13 00 00 462 | NPC: 1997/003064/08 | VAT Registration: 4530240862


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