iThemba Lethu was both humbled and overwhelmed by the kindness and abundance of donors/partners and friends on Mandela Day 2018.

Earlier in the morning of Wednesday 18 July 2018 – they had reflected on their Facebook Page the inspiring projects that had been achieved in 2017 which included:

  • Vegetable seedling donated and planted by PSG
  • Painting of House 22 and admin office, as well supply of staff lunch by HDI Group
  • Big Eye Branding, eDeaf and Trade Intelligence participated in the 67 minute Amazing Race through Cato Manor
  • EMI and KZN Slots also popped in and donated much needed groceries and consumables

Inspiring 2018 projects were:

  • Wisdom and Youth who painted walls, simplified and refreshed the decor in 2 children bedrooms in House 26, as well created the most effective shelving to display the 135 photo blocks of all the children reunified/adopted through iThemba Lethu over the past 17 years,as well as those precious little lives currently in the homes
  • Bowmans Law sponsored the plants, equipment and props for the sensory garden, as well as helped to install the garden (yes physical labour) to strengthen the physical and tactile development of the children in the transition homes
  • Eantouch Radio love babies, and brought all their passion to the party painting plant pots and bedroo26m cupboards in House 22
  • NOSA delivered nappies, groceries, consumables, as well as kitchenware needed for the homes which included a microwave, snackwhich and hand blender
  • Mignon and Jordon Rochat came after school to help bath and look after the babies/children for 67 minutes during “happy hour” which was so helpful after a long day of activities and as we waited for the big decor reveal with Wisdom and Youth!
  • Leechem delivered groceries and consumables for the homes and community projects
  • ACDC Dynamics Durban, also delivered groceries and consumables for the homes, community and administration offices

iThemba Lethu received an estimated R26,000 worth of goods and services for Mandela Day which is significant investment against the cost of consumables needed in the homes and programmes, as well as a heartfelt investment into the health and happiness of the kiddies in the homes

Marketing and Fundraising Co-ordinator, Karen Brokensha attributed the success of the 2017 and 2018 Mandela Day campaigns to

  1. Having a very clear and concise Needs List on the website
  2. Matching donor suggestions/capabilities with actual projects needed
  3. Saying NO when the quota of projects/current needs were met, then referring donors to We are Durban – to support other organisations that needed help!
  4. Ensuring a follow up engagement 2 months from July 2018 to nurture the relationships and so donors can celebrate the fruit of their love and labour
  5. Marrying the iThemba Lethu brand values with the donor core values i.e. Love, Hope, Integrity, Community and Excellence

In closing, on behalf of the Board, Staff and Beneficiaries of iThemba Lethu – a big happy SIYABONGA, THANK YOU and BAIE DANKIE

#bethelegacy #togethercan #togetherwedo



Karen Brokensha

I am the Marketing and Fundraising Co-ordinator for iThemba Lethu. I am passionate about people, stories and fascinated by human courage, capacity and resilience!

iThemba Lethu

26 Archer Crescent 
Manor Gardens
KwaZulu Natal
South Africa

0663146953 (WhatsApp)