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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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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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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Thembisa's annual walk and barbecue  - Sunday 30 July 2017


Please join us on Sunday 30 July. Walk (3 miles) starts at Tiddington Village Hall at 14h30. Barbecue starts at Ferndale, Albury View, Tiddington OX9 2LQ at 16h00; £12/adult, £6/under 10. RSVP 01865 766117 or grace.townshend@ntlworld.com if you plan to come; please leave your contact details!

 All proceeds will go to 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.

 

Thembisa's annual walk and barbecue  - Sunday 30 July 2017

Please join us on Sunday 30 July. Walk (3 miles) starts at Tiddington Village Hall at 14h30. Barbecue starts at Ferndale, Albury View, Tiddington OX9 2LQ at 16h00; £12/adult, £6/under 10. RSVP 01865 766117 or grace.townshend@ntlworld.com if you plan to come; please leave your contact details!

 All proceeds will go to 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.

NEWS: Stephen Bowley 17.2.1952-9.10.2017

We are very sad to announce that Stephen Bowley died of melanoma on 9 October, and we extend our deep sympathy to his wife Tonia and sons Adam and David. Together with Tonia, Stephen co-founded The Thembisa Trust in 1988. Since then Thembisa has supported more than 70 grassroots projects in South Africa and Zimbabwe. Stephen was a Trustee of Thembisa throughout that time, and was Chair of the Trustees since 2009. In 2016 Stephen and Tonia also co-founded the St Cross College Thembisa Hope Scholarship, to support deserving disadvantaged students from South Africa and neighbouring countries to study for a Master's degree in Oxford.

Stephen’s involvement in Thembisa’s activities (including our annual fund-raising walk, which he led, followed by a garden party/barbecue at his and Tonia’s home) demonstrated his compassion and concern for the less well off. He was generous in countless other ways too, offering his help wherever needed, and mentoring many colleagues in the planning world. He was a deep thinker, organised, hard working, kind, and fun-loving. We will all miss him very much.

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