The children in Sweetwaters have amazing gifts, talents, and potential. But the obstacles they face are great.  Sweetwaters has the highest HIV/AIDS prevalence in the world. Most children in Sweetwaters do not live with their parents. Every child needs the support and encouragement of someone older and wiser to walk life’s road with them, but especially children in Sweetwaters, where abuse, poverty, and poor education are the norm. Research shows that a link to one caring person can be enough to help children succeed in an adverse environment.


Research  also shows that for lasting community transformation to occur, 60-70% of the target population needs to be reached.


This “tipping-point” creates an environment where the majority of young people are well-educated and making wise decisions—establishing a new norm and making hopeful dreams a living reality. Right now, through iThemba's education and Christian mentoring programmes, 11% of the young people in the community are being reached.

These are the programmes where we’re partnering with parents and teachers to provide kids and teens with the spiritual, emotional and social support they need to be all they were created to be.

Click on the images to learn more about each program

Camps For Kids

Life Groups

Home Visits

Saturday Club

Holiday Programmes

School Outreaches

Life Skills

Year of Your Life

Running Club

Bring more mentors to the fatherless children in Sweetwaters and help them reach their dreams.

Right now, through iThemba education and Christian mentoring programmes, 11% of the young people in the community are being reached. Your monthly partnership would allow us to multiply the successes we've already experienced, playing a role in ending cycles of poverty, abuse, poor education and limited role models. We invite you to join us in this work of bringing hope to every child in Sweetwaters.

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