Projects

Since 1988 Thembisa has funded over 70 different projects in South Africa. Some start-up projects have become viable. Others, such as orphanages and child feeding schemes, training programme, etc, are unlikely to become self-sustaining and need continuing support.

Projects include

  • Community projects (e.g. orphanages, food kitchens)

  • Empowerment and income generation (e.g. craftwork, agriculture)

  •  Education and training (e.g. leadership development)

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: A tribute to Cecillie Swaisland (10 July 1926–25 December 2016)

Thembisa sends condolences to Cecillie’s daughters Alison and Ruth. Cecillie’s late husband Charles (see ‘Tributes’ under ‘Our story’) was seminal to the development of Thembisa. Cecillie was a constant support, from their marriage in 1949, through Colonial Service years in Nigeria and then various secondments to Africa, when Cecillie held the fort in the UK or accompanied Charles. Both were characterised by their love of people and desire to serve however they could. Cecillie held three different Master’s degrees and various lectureships and authored several books. She was well-known for her delicious cakes that enhanced Thembisa events.

We thank Alison and Ruth for honouring Cecillie by requesting donations in her memory be made to Thembisa through the Charles and Cecillie Swaisland Memorial Fund. The fund will remain open till the end of July 2017. There are various ways to donate:

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