Ria : Ithemba Founder & Director
In 2004 Ria started a crèche and an after school program for the poverty stricken community where a large group of children were without food or a safe place to stay during the day. The pre-school (Grade R) classes were started in 2007. Ithemba became a place where children could be loved, fed and be safe. To give these children a dream and help develop their potential, is her passion. To see how they develop spiritually and socially is her reward.
Lusanda : Vice-principal
"My name is Lusanda Charles. My passion has always been working with kids. My favourite thing about the crèche and the after-school program is seeing the kids from all different backgrounds and attitudes come together and learn. I get to teach them good values and also how to dream about their future. "
Gloria : Staff
I have worked at Ithemba since 2009. My church pastor connected me with the crèche. I love children. Ithemba allows me to support my family. I enjoy my duties as cleaner. I enjoy making the environment for the kids better and safe.
“Makuluh” Queen : Teacher, 4 Year Old's
"The children call me “Makuluh” which means grandmother in Xhosa. I began working at Ithemba in 2006, after volunteering at Child Welfare to help abused and vulnerable kids. It is such a privilege to work with children. One day I hope these kids would become lawyers, teachers, doctors, anything they dream to be and that these dreams would begin at Ithemba. We meet their needs so that they are fully prepared to be successful."
I am passionate by community development. Working with kids in a christian, friendly and safe enviroment, that has special focus on good education and christianity has been the icing on the cake. Ithemba has been my focal point for the past 2 years. The place, staff and children, including is quite friendly and positively influences me to fall in love with the place everyday.
Pearl : Cook
"My name is Pearl. I love this job because I get a salary and I get to love children. God has helped me learn how to be patient with the children. I like to work at Ithemba because we teach our kids, we give them food, and we teach them hygiene and proper manners. Their needs aren’t always being met at home. We provide assistance to parents by taking care of their children, so that they are able to work and get a salary."
Thandie: Teacher, 3 Year Old's
“I love to work with children, because they are kind and loving. They love to play and I enjoy that so much too. As the Bible say, “Let the children come to Me, because the Kingdom of God is theirs.” That instruction is important to me.”
Natasja: Teacher, Grade R
Natasja is young and energetic and new on staff. “I work at Ithemba because I love the kids. I want to help educate and mentor children to be better people and create a future for themselves. In working and providing for myself I find fulfilment.”
Annaline: Teacher, 3 Year Old'sEk hou daarvan om deel te wees van Ithemba, omdat ons die kinders kan leer van liefde en Jesus. Ek hou ook daarvan om met die kinders te werk en hulle te leer.Ek hou ook van die Bybelstudies hier en om die kinders te help. Ek is baie lief vir kinders.
Zanelle: Teacher, Grade R
Pauline: Lüō Safehouse Mom
Pauline is the Lüō House mom. She takes care of all the children living in the house. She is responsible for all their physical and spiritual needs. Her aim is to be a real mother to the children and provide love for them like God has for her.
Azakhiwe : Teacher, 4 Year Old's
Aza tutors our primary school students in the afternoon. "I love to work at Ithemba because it was always my heart’s desire to work with children. In school I saw children struggling with reading and writing and it became my dream to be a teacher and help children with their education."
Miranda : Teacher, Grade R
Miranda is our Grade R (pre-school) teacher. With a growing need for more Kindergarten teachers, Ithemba hired Miranda, a retired teacher, to teach the 2nd group of Grade R students. She is an excellent teacher who sets clear expectations for her students and challenges them every day.
Mieta: Teacher, 4 Year Old's