Their small team of 34 staff members facilitates an HIV Prevention Programme for grade five to nine pupils in various primary and high schools in the Cato Manor area. They extend this education to building strong families of these learners.
Secondly, iThemba Lethu has a Breast milk Bank, which provides vital nutrients to orphaned and vulnerable babies in the transition homes.
Since inception, the organisation has successfully run two transition homes with house mothers who care for up to 12 orphaned or abandoned children, with the aim to facilitate their reunification and adoption into families.
"Over the past fourteen years we have facilitated 88 adoptions and 24 reunifications of orphan and vulnerable children through our Family Integration Programme,'' says Karen Brokensha, Programmes Co-ordinator.
"We believe that all children belong in a family,'' continues Karen. "Our priority is to unite the children with their biological or extended family and, if this is not possible, for them to be adopted by a same race family, followed by a cross cultural adoption,'' explains Karen.
Compass Medical Waste Services has supported the Family Integration Programme for the past four years and ended off 2015 by handing over a cheque to iThemba Lethu for R10000.
"We are thrilled with this unexpected donation as food, clothing, nappies, medical support and other expenses cost us approximately R3 500 per month, per child, which needs to be raised through the generosity of corporates and individuals'' explains Karen "and so we deeply value our partnership with Compass & other donors"
According to Ian Du Randt, MD of Compass, it is our honour to support an organisation doing such wonderful and necessary work.
"As a company we are passionate about uplifting the people in our country and involve ourselves in a number of projects which strives to give hope to the hopeless,'' concludes Ian.
In 2016 iThemba Lethu will be setting up a pre-school facility on their property for their toddlers in order to provide them with tactile stimulation, activities which develop muscle tone and co-ordination as well as the basics of reading, writing and numeracy.