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EQ with Explorare

Teaching emotional intelligence (EQ) skills can lead to stronger relationships, resilience, and the ability to manage and navigate feelings which is essential for learning, attention and memory. Most importantly supporting children to become emotionally aware, and developing their EQ skills leads to healthier happier children who feel safe and supported in the world. This feeling of safety impacts […]

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Social impact on vulnerable children in transition

A child’s earliest experiences can have lifelong effects on his intellectual, emotional and social development. Positive early experiences promote positive outcomes. We know that many of the babies and small children placed with us at iThemba Lethu, have had far from positive early experiences – lengthy stays in hospital, placement in large places of safety where there […]

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Why do Community Service?

iThemba Lethu benefits from the community support from many of the local schools including Penzance Primary School, Manor Gardens Primary School, Maris Stella and St Henry’s Marist Brothers to name a few We asked Mrs Tamryn Price, from Penzance Primary School, what the significance of doing Community Service does for their learners! “Our Community Service Group love […]

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Importance of Early Childhood Development

Four of the older children at iThemba Lethu go to Mes Amis Preschool, to assist with their mental, physical, social and spiritual development whilst in the Transition Homes, the article below is from the school Principal, Mrs Ruanda Rochat The Importance that “Early Childhood Development” plays in the “Formative Years” of all children “Early Childhood Development” is […]

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Play Therapy

Three of the iThemba Lethu children currently have weekly Play Therapy sponsored probono by Penzance Primary School as part of their Community Service commitment to the mental health & well being of the vulnerable children they serve at iThemba Lethu. This helps these children understand the world around them. Below are helpful tools as to the merit of Child […]

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Adoption outside your ethnic group

Introduction The likelihood is that if you decide to adopt in Kwazulu Natal, South Africa and you are not “black zulu” you will be adopting a child who does not come from the same racial group or ethnic background as you. We need to look at the psychological and emotional ramifications of such an adoption. […]

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Cultural issues for trans-cultural adoptions

Objectives: To assist families involved in transcultural adoptions by: Defining transcultural adoptions. Making a plan for a successful transcultural adoption. Examining attitudes and beliefs about race and ethnicity. Identifying issues that may concern trans-culturally adopted families. Identifying successful methods for creating family bonds in multi-cultural adoption. Providing families with a framework for a supportive environment. […]

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Why we give to iThemba Lethu

Our family is deeply convicted of the biblical injunction to care for orphans. But as soon as we start looking at the enormous need around the world, it can feel completely overwhelming! Living in Australia, it is particularly difficult to find a way to give without feeling some concern about the decision. Is the organisation […]

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Strengthening attachment in toddlers/older children

Time In instead of Time Out – Attachment Strengthening in your adopted toddler / or older child What is the difference between a time out and time in? Is one better than the other? Sometimes positive discipline tools can seem similar to the traditional discipline tactics. Often people say it’s just semantics. What sets the […]

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How do I know if my baby is “attached”?

How do I know if my baby /child is “attached”? Signs of healthy attachment Even children who are experiencing attachment strain may show signs of healthy attachment. Knowledge of positive attachment will help parents build on the areas that are strengths, but should not be used to ignore indications – even mild ones – that […]

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How You Can Help


You can help the fundraising for the HIV Prevention Programme, Family Integration Programme and Breastmilk Bank.

Volunteer Work

Are you interested in becoming a volunteer? We welcome both part-time and full-time volunteers to help at the transition home.


Your time is a priceless investment. Whether its skills you bring, or just yourself, the impact you can make is all the difference.

Our Needs

Help us with our current needs for consumables, equipment and DIY around the homes, schools and community

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