It was the late 1990’s in the Cato Manor clinic and she had again come face to face with a sickly and skeletal baby with young teenage mother both ravaged by the effects of HIV/AIDS and heard the mothers' desperate plea “please Ma, who will look after my baby?”
iThemba Lethu meaning ‘I have a destiny’ was founded in November 2000 by Professor Anna Coutsoudis (on the right in the photo above) and her team of seven equally bold and pioneering board members.
The heart and purpose of the organisation was, and still is, to bring hope through God’s destiny for vulnerable and orphaned babies, children and youth threatened by the effects of HIV/AIDS, by building resilient and permanent families through reunification, adoption and life skills education.
In June 2015, after 15 years at the helm, Anna handed the Chairperson reigns to Mark Slaughter (on the left in the photo above) , an equally courageous warrior with a passion to protect and empower God’s people. Anna's mandate to Mark “create jobs and strengthen Fatherhood”. Mark, supported by an equally valiant Governing Body have been taking the organisation into new ground and key goals and objectives include:
The primary calling remains "to take care of the orphans and widows in their times of distress" James 1 vs 27
For more information please contact Marketing and Fundraising Co-ordinator
Below is a link to the latest Annual Report for your information and inspiration. Audited Financial Statements are available on request from the Financial Administrator
Current Governing Body 2018:
|Dr Lihle Qulu||Lecturer/PhD School of Laboratory Medicine & Medical Sciences|
|Kudzai Mqingwana||Past Board Member and CSI Manager at Sibaya Community Trust|
|Mark Slaughter (Chairman)||Director at Legacy Pet Crematorium (Pty) Ltd|
|Mthoko Shange||Past employee Team Leader, Facilitator, speaker and owner of Imbizo Foundation|
|Thuthukile Mkhize||Past employee Team Leader; Freelance Trainer/Facilitator|
|Toby Rochat (Administration)||Adoptive Parent; Business Consultant|