Supporting grassroots development projects in Southern Africa

Thembisa is a small UK charity that raises money to fund grassroots projects in Southern Africa. Supporters include individuals, community groups, businesses, charities and colleges.


Thembisa's annual walk and barbecue - Sunday 17 July

Thank you so much to everybody who attended our walk/barbecue or sent donations, and to the companies who donated prizes for the raffle. We have raised over £1500 for our focus projects, Mama Ntombi's Community projects near Pietermaritzburg in South Africa, and the Chishawasha Orphans' Project in Zimbabawe - both making a difference in the lives of needy people. Special thanks to our Patron and guest of honour on the day, Dame Janet Suzman. Donations can still be sent!

NEWS: Cross Over pop-up classroom

After many months of development and challenges, Cross Over is using a pop-up classroom! This consists of a steel cupboard on robust wheels with storage for resources and fold-out working surfaces.

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NEWS: Bernwode News grant to Cross Over

Our enormous thanks go to Bernwode News (a community organisation of villages near Oxford) for their very generous grant of £1000 to Cross Over, an education programme for very disadvantaged children in Zimbabwe.

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NEWS: A ‘large’ donation to Mama Ntombi’s Community Projects!

Mama Ntombi’s Community Projects (MNCP), our other 2016 focus project, helps impoverished communities around Pietermaritzburg in so many ways. They have recently received a wonderful donation – a 15-metre long container (valued at R100,000) where they can store all their Breakfast Club things, the Preschoolers material, chairs and tables, as well as the Library for their Book and Homework clubs.

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NEWS: Chishawasha orphans’ project – hunger in Zimbabwe

The Chishawasha orphans’ project near Harare is one of our 2016 focus projects. The very bad drought in Zimbabwe has resulted in a poor harvest, adding further hardship. The project recently heard about a large group of children who were raiding the bins of the local boarding school, scavenging for food.

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