THOKOMALA is a story that started in 2002 when the first house opened its doors to welcome six children. A story where vulnerable children are given a new home, a new mother and a second chance for a brighter future. A story of a home where family values are recreated and there is no shortage of hugs and kisses!
THOKOMALA, which means "warmth" or "care" in isiZulu, aims to provide a holistic child care solution to positively impact the lives of vulnerable children so that they have hope of a BRIGHTER FUTURE.
The vision is for the THOKOMALA children to grow into balanced, skilled and well-adjusted adults who successfully integrate into the formal economy and society.
Our focus areas are care - providing a loving, nurturing home; education - enabling access to suitable schools, tertiary institutions, mentoring and skills training; and lastly sustainable livelihoods and employment.
We purchase, renovate and furnish houses in the communities, and cover the ongoing operating costs. A social worker is assigned to each home to assist the house mother and for psychosocial support of the children.
It is our goal to educate our children to the best of their abilities. That is not necessarily a University Degree, though we do have a couple of graduates amongst our previous beneficiaries, but can be any skill set which provides them with an income.
We provide opportunities for our young people to receive job skill training, obtain internships, or other types of work-related, hands-on experience. We also pay tuition fees at tertiary institutions. Ultimately we aim to improve educational achievement, preparing youth for succeeding in the workforce by providing support services and promoting leadership skills.
This all should bridge the gap between school and work life to make the outcome more conducive so young adults stand a good chance of succeeding in the workplace.
We have occasionally done this before if there was a sponsor for the higher fees and transport but now decided to move all the children from our CUNINA homes who start formal schooling and our Grade 8 pupils starting High School to better schools further afar. This means additional transport cost and higher educational expenses, but we feel the children get a better foundation. Just recently CUNINA, after which the homes are named, informed us that funds to buy a vehicle to make transport to and from school easier will be made available by them!
Getting involved is simple…
Of course “money makes the world go round”, especially when it comes to paying monthly bills! So yes, any donation, however big or small is much appreciated!
Regular meetings, an open ear, help with homework, etc. is what it is all about. Developing a trusting long-term relationship goes a long way towards moulding these kids into well-balanced successful individuals.
Mentors can provide kids with great assistance in life skills and become role models. Especially boys, growing up with only a female parent sometimes lack a positive male influence in their lives.
The other BIG NEED we have is education provisions. Either straight monetary contributions towards the DOW EDUCATION FUND FOR THOKOMALA, or sponsorship of an individual child or student are possible.
In-kind donations like furniture, linen, household items, gardening equipment, etc. Things that have a shelf span and need frequent replacing are most welcome. School-based items such as clothing and shoes, school bags and stationery items, are also appreciated.
Volunteers can get together and provide tutoring sessions for a particular house. Get your staff to set up “PAYROLL GIVING” or organise a fundraising event in favour of Thokomala!
Unfortunately, there is a lot of ‘nitty gritty’ stuff that needs to be paid for every month. For this reason, we do need monetary donations. The below figures are annual ones but we do pay monthly…
Below are annual averages per house:
R 40 000
Security, Insurance, Transport
R 30 000
Municipal services like refuse removal, electricity, water etc.
R 30 000
Household maintenance for small repairs and/or replacements e.g. linen,
crockery or appliances etc.
R 5 500
R 40 000
(we pay a pro rata amount of the total salary
based on how much time the social worker
spends with the family)
R 6 000 per annum
Educational Allowance to cover school fees,
uniforms, books and stationery
R 30 000
One Home’s average running
cost per annum
This is a brilliant way for companies to get involved.
The sponsorship of a particular home is a great way to better your BEE Scorecard
and your employees can build relationships with the children and house mother.
Within South Africa any donation is tax deductible which we provide tax certificates for. All donations, cash and in-kind, do count towards your
B-BBEE scorecard as all our beneficiaries are black South Africans by definition.
Thokomala is a story that started in 2002 when the first house opened its doors to welcome six children. A story where vulnerable children are given a new home, a new mother and a second chance for a brighter future. Thokomala currently provides a nurturing and stable family environment for 100 children across 18 homes in South Africa. Spread across 13 homes; our families are headed up by dedicated and loving house mothers who go above and beyond providing basic care for the children that are under their wing.
Thokomala homes are now situated within proximity of working social workers, who not provide support for our children in care, but extend their services into the wider community benefitting another 100 families or so in the surrounding area. This has resulted in the Thokomala project having a positive reach of approximately 2000 children directly and indirectly. GET MORE INFO AND DONATE VIA OUR WEBSITE: THOKOMALA.ORG.ZA
Luyanda & Agnes
Luyanda, Nombuso’s younger brother is in his fourth year for Marketing and Business Administration, and Agnes (Newlands) in her second year Accounting! All are studying at Damelin.
Placed as a rebellious 14 year old teenager together with her two younger brothers at Umlazi Z (our pilot home) in 2003 she is now a role model for all Thokomala kids! Nombuso graduated as a Social Worker in April 2014 and was promptly employed by Durban Children’s Society. Her superiors say she is a ray of sunshine and brought new vigor and drive to the office. We are very proud of her.
Grown up in our Villa Liza Home (GP) he studied Graphic Design at Cape Town College and is currently doing his internship in Johannesburg mentoring his siblings in the Villa Liza home at the same time.
Thokomala’s Administrative Office:
15 Nollsworth Crescent
Cnr Armstrong Ave
La Lucia 4051
PO Box 1091
Tel: +27(0) 31 570 2013
Fax: +27(0) 31 570 3481
Email: [email protected]