Tragedy is the common thread that binds the 24 Orphaned and Vulnerable Children (OVC) families together that fall under the Ithemba Labantwana (IL) project. Most children have experienced the loss of one or both parents, some have also experienced abandonment, abuse or neglect. All of the children involved in the program live in Alexandra; they are looked after by family members, usually a sibling, aunt or grandparent. They have been included because of their desperate circumstances.
After extensive discussions with the families, schools, police and other community organizations, The IL project partners with the families to meet these ten major needs:
Ithemba village strives to provide excellent holistic care to vulnerable, abused, orphaned and neglected children in a family setting. These children are unable to live with their biological families so they are fostered by a loving foster mother and father who provide them with the love and support they need. The children are raised to reach their potential, enabling them to grow and develop in a healthy way with the goal of them growing up to live independently as adults who contribute to society. There are currently six children in the first foster family. The vision is to replicate this model until we have a village of foster families.