IkhayaLeThemba ProfileThrough teaching assistant training, Ikhaya Le Themba is helping young people find full-time employment and boost literacy levels in local schools. 



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Caring for the elderly, orphans, vulnerable children and the youth, Ikhaya Le Themba is changing lives. Through programmes like its Learnership programme, 11 young people have been trained to become teaching assistants in a local school. 

Working in partnership with SETA to deliver the training and employment after school, the impact of these individuals on the children has been incredible.  Thanks to their unwavering commitment to spending time in the classroom each day, literacy levels of Yomelela School in Khayelitsha have grown from 40% to 90% in one year – much to the principle’s delight!

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The driving force behind the partnership with SETA is to help equip and train young individuals – many of whom aged 18-29 have a matric but can’t find employment. By giving them the tools, confidence and work experience they need, the team also has weekly mentorship sessions with them to support their personal growth.

Originally set up in 2003 to offer nursing care and counselling to terminally ill patients, Ikhaya Le Themba Home Based Care soon realised it needed to focus on the development of the community as a whole.  One of the powerful ways it does this is by helping young people find a full-time job.

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Celebrating their graduation, and their support for Yomelela teaching assistants, Ikhaya Le Themba uses valuable funding to help subsidise their income and is committed to helping them find full-time employment.

Over the past 13 years it has also provided services to the community of Khayelitsha, and now reaches Wellington , Namibia and other African countries.