The trust works in the communities of Valencia, Langbos and Nomathamsanqa in Addo, South Africa, aiming to help out those in need, primarily victims of AIDS and children and young people who would otherwise receive no formal education.
The trust is involved in 3 primary areas:
- Home Based Care for 60 Aids Patients: this includes home visits on a weekly basis, advice on nutrition and the provision of nutritional supplements (vitamin fortified porridge, citrus, vegetables, rice, antioxidants etc.) Patients also receive counseling and spiritual support in addition to the weekly visits.
- Youth Education: due to cultural superstitions amongst the Xhosa, the population is sexually active from an early age. The Youth Centre was established in 2007 at the Senior Samkelwe School in Nomathamsanqa for the Aids Prevention Program amongst the youth.
Workshops, debates, dvd’s, holiday clubs, sports and games are some of the tools to reach the young people in the community.
- Preschools: four preschools in the Valley receive support from Thembalethu Trust, including the provision of nutrition on a monthly basis serving approximately 300 children under the age of 6 years. When possible Thembalethu also provides educational equipment, assistance with maintenance on the preschool buildings and training for teachers.
Check out some of their photos on our facbook page