Category: HIV Stories

NATION BUILDER – Professor Jonathan Jansen

Feedback from the webinar hosted 31.05.2018 by Operations Manager Craig Bouchier

The only way I know of people to lift  themselves out of poverty is education.


  • 19% participation in higher education – 16% blacks
  • Money should be spent on preschool
  • The gap between Goga and good  preschool – the gap is huge and is never closed
  • To rebuild education strengthen the base – not where the noise is – fix the foundations
  • I’ve teached at the worst school in the country and the best in USA and the kids are the same except for the opportunity – there is nothing wrong with the kids

What are the changes taking place in education that is not obvious?

  • Students coming into university are now coming from homes where the state provided grants and the expectation is when you get to university the state will provide.
  • There is a notion you must give me and I must not pay back.
  • Growing trend towards incivility
  • Universities you can’t share your view if it’s different politically
  • To fix education you got to fix from preschool

Business should be saying: How could we add value not just buy books

  • In Silicone valley they expect you to fail – we are risk averse
  • They are encouraged and inspired by teachers – locally we are put down by teachers

How important is a mentor for disadvantaged kids?

  • Major reason young people struggle they don’t have mentors,
  • They need access to opportunities – in a white community Dad can phone a friend who is CEO of large company and get his son an internship after university or job opportunity
  • Must find ways of connecting kids – sometimes it takes a long time
  • Vital to have a teacher that motivates, inspires young people

If you find a child abandoned …

Please do the following:

  1. Take the child to the nearest SAPS (South African Police Services) as they will need to open a docket and issue a case number
  2. SAPS will liaise with the local Social Welfare Office
  3. They will refer SAPS to take the child to the relevant Crisis Home/Mother
  4. The Crisis Home will liaise with Social Welfare as to the best plans for the child’s safety and care

SAPS Durban Contact No’s 

  • Durban 031 310 6321
  • Central 031 325 4453
  • Umbilo 031 203 2409 0r 203 2400
  • Mayville 031 203 7381
  • Point 031 367 4012
  • Sydenham 031 203 2703
  • Cato Manor 031 203 7349
  • Berea 031 277 1066
  • Westville 021 267 7340

Child Welfare Durban and District – 20 Clarence Rd, Morningside Tel: 031 312 9313

Social Services for Homeless Mothers & Children

December can be a devastating time for many homeless and desperate mothers with children.

Please note the following should you need Department of Social Development in Eagle Building, Durban Central (Tel: 031-3605420), renders services to families living on the streets.

Further to the above, there is a new shelter for mothers and their children, which is situated at Lazarus House, 41 Umbilo Road (Tel: 031-4925028). Admission, has to be arranged through a social worker.


#SHOVAFORHOPE – Men cycling against injustice

When nine strong, brave and maverick men get together to cycle for injustice against abused and vulnerable children, we suggest you get behind them and pledge your emotional and financial support. Expand a Sign are value driven action takers and were incensed by the devastatingly abuse of a family of children taken in recently by Operation Bobby Bear. Deeply traumatised and dysfunctional, the bevy of five have been taken into to be cared Eureka and her team of angels, and their current greatest need is healthy food to put on the table every day.

And then equally close to the Expand offices in Mayville, and the heart of the marketing team, is iThemba Lethu. Another local NGO committing to fighting for the lives of vulnerable babies. They run two transition homes for vulnerable and abandoned new born to three year old babies. The key purpose is to restore their hope and destiny through reunification and adoption into permanent forever families.

So the compassionate father of two and Expand Cycling Champion, Wade Barlett, has challenged himself and three friends Peter, Dean and Tyron to ride the gruelling 106km route on Quebeka bikes (weighing in at 25kg’s each with no gears and only a back brake!!) to create awareness and raise R100,000 for both for charities. Super easy donation options here

And cycling in support of the Amashova too in iThemba Lethu colours, for the third year in a row, is Bruce Gibson aka the Biking Viking and his wild band of fervent fathers Dave, Jon, Gio and Ethan.

These NGO’s need more than toys and toothbrushes to care for hurt and vulnerable children. Please pledge your R106 today (click above link for details)


Bruce Gibson – aka the Biking Viking and his merry band of brave men from 2017 Amashova!

We can’t pay caregivers with toys & toothbrushes!

As the final quarter of 2018, exam and employment energy decent begins towards the December slow down, there always seems to always be an emotional up-swing towards thanksgiving and philanthropy! And this is such an amazing gift for many NGO’s like ourselves, who benefit greatly from kind & thoughtful companies or communities. Or do we?!

We have an influx of individuals offering to bring their heartfelt contribution towards often what they believe we may need.

Now the harsh reality is that most NGO’s need cash for caregivers and running costs i.e. the financial means to reward the dedicated bevy of passionate people whose work is to hold, care, love and nurture the little and big people in desperate need.

They are the helping hands and hearts who care for the broken and vulnerable, the significant consistency of the same kind face, smooth voice, safe routine, familiar role model to help restore peace and boundaries in their chaotic lives. It is cash NGO’s need, not more toys and toothpaste!

And we are not talking big cash, we are talking R250 per family per month to your favourite place of health, healing and hope! Could you give up one night of takeaways per month?

It is so heartbreaking when good and kind people arrive with car loads full of hand me down clothing, puzzles and toys and equally sole destroying when they have used their hard earned cash for cheap sweets and candies that are not good for malnourished children, let alone the sugar rush it leaves for the caregivers when they drive out the gate.

Please hear our hearts, giving is good but responsible generosity is better!!

NGO’s are getting better at

  1. listing their exact needs (and a few treats)
  2. no longer accepting goods/services they don’t need
  3. sharing with other NGO’s
  4. becoming more courageous to partner with people who share a common vision for human restoration, rather than simply accepting donations cap in hand

So bold question is – could you give up your coffee cash or encourage your kids to sacrifice their lunch money once a month to invest in the paying for that kind and caring caregiver dedicated to loving that baby, child, youth and adult?

YES? Then please invest your R250 per month!

Caregivers can’t feed their families with toys and toothbrushes

Current HIV Stats and commitment to 90:90:90

This is a brilliant article written on what is happening, how far we have come and how far we have to go!

iThemba Lethu is committed to reducing the impact of HIV in

  1. Orphan babies and children
  2. Women aged 15 – 25 years old
  3. Life Skills Education to reducing risk taking behaviour
  4. Creating employment/enterprise opportunities to reduce poverty leading to vulerability

Updated 21 August 2018

Totalsports FiveFutball Sat 30 June 2018

Totalsports and Fives Futbol have teamed up for the 4th year running for Mandela Day 2018

2017 campaign video

‘Plant A Ball’ campaign is about kick-starting a chain reaction through something as simple as a football. Everyone knows the life skills and opportunities that can come through sport are endless, and so by gifting footballs to communities provides a catalyst for change.

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South Africa

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