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When translated from Xhosa, our name “Thembalitsha” means “new hope”. At Thembalitsha, our aim is exactly that – to restore and bring a new sense of hope to the destitute, forgotten, sick and vulnerable people of the Western and Eastern Cape.


We are a Non-Profit Company (NPC) and our mission is to develop people to the point of self-reliance through the provision of services in Education, Healthcare and Training.

We work with a diverse group of volunteers, partners and full-time staff, who are highly invested in their work; providing significant input and resources that are necessary to see our vision unfold. Currently, we run seven projects, six of which are based in the Western Cape, and one is based in the Eastern Cape. Both locally and abroad, our key collaborators include Thembalitsha’s funding arms in the US and UK, churches, individual funders, local businesses and local governments to name a few.




Established by Frank and Kate Christie as a registered NPO in 1997, Thembalitsha is the shared vision of compassion.


Our first successfully launched project was Graceland Preschool. This served the children of Stellenbosch farmworkers in need. From this, we were able to develop our Themba Training and School of Hope projects. These two projects were located in underserved areas in Cape Town, the former of which provides micro-business and sewing skills to members of the community who’ve shown interest and the latter project provides a second chance at education for at-risk and vulnerable youth in these communities.

The initiatives that followed allowed us to expand our focus and reach to include the community of Grabouw. We began by opening ThembaCare Grabouw, which provides home-based care for hundreds of vulnerable patients, and is the only facility in Grabouw that offers 24-hour medical care. This was followed by Village of Hope, a temporary safe place for children who have been infected or affected by HIV or TB. 


After an extensive process of monitoring and assessing all operational factors and risks, the Thembalitsha Board of Directors SA declared their intention to discontinue our Village of Hope project in Grabouw, from the end of March 2019. In 2020, we then made the painful decision to close ThembaCare’s doors with effect from 31 October 2020, again, due to shifting priorities and a lack of sufficient funding from the Department of Health. 


In recent years, Mama Themba was born – formerly known as Bosom Buddies. This initiative started small and soon grew into a successful project that provides prenatal care and counselling for new mothers.


Our newest additions are Agape and Themba Connect. Agape Educare is an early childhood centre situated in Zola, Nomzamo catering for the local community. Themba Connect is a community-training centre located in Adelaide, Eastern Cape. The mission of this centre is to shift paradigms while empowerment and support training enable self-reliance and personal transformation.


Today, we have over fifty employees who serve thousands of disadvantaged people every year and are supported by individuals, entities, and volunteers from across the globe. Our journey thus far has been both challenging and remarkable. We are so privileged to transform lives through our Education, Health and Training Initiatives





We are grateful to the many individuals, corporate businesses, government bodies and funding organisations that support and help us in restoring hope to many poverty-stricken South Africans.


We acknowledge that without your support and collaboration, we would not be able to do this – thank you endlessly for your contributions.




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