Our Story.

At the community clinic in the late 1990’s she had again come face to face with a tiny, sickly baby and teenage mother both dying from HIV/AIDS and heard the desperate plea “who will look after my baby?”

iThemba Lethu meaning ‘I have a destiny’ was founded in November 2000 by Professor Anna Coutsoudis https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anna_Coutsoudis (top right in photo) 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.

  • Opened 2 transition homes in Manor Gardens
  • Created the first Breastmilk Bank in South Africa
  • Developed a 5 year Life Skills Curriculum with auxillary Parent/Caregiver Programme

In June 2015, after 15 years at the helm, Anna handed the Chairperson reigns to Mark Slaughter https://za.linkedin.com/in/mark-slaughter-5a275611 , an equally courageous warrior with a passion to protect and empower God’s people, her mandate “create jobs and strengthen Fatherhood”. Mark, supported by an equally valiant Governing Body have been taking the organisation into new ground

  • A married couple as house parents for transition homes vs a single housemother
  • Updating Year 1 of the 5 year life skills curriculum in collaboration with other NGO partners and using technology
  • Implementing a Trinitarian Leadership Model for effective internal management and transparent governance (Marketing, Operations and Admin/Finance)
  • Development of Self Help Groups
  • Initiating the creation of a company Emfuleni Enterprise Development with iThemba Lethu as the 100% shareholder

Chairman’s Report 2018

Goals for 2018 – 2022

Meet the current Governing Body

Name Profession
Dr Lihle Qulu Lecturer/PhD School of Laboratory Medicine & Medical Sciences
Gary Van Vuuren (Treasurer) Business Consultant
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

iThemba Lethu

26 Archer Crescent 
Manor Gardens
KwaZulu Natal
South Africa