Thandanani Childrens Foundation
Founded in 1989, Thandanani Children's Foundation is a registered non-profit organisation that facilitates community based care and support for orphans and other vulnerable children in the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands (South Africa).
Thandanani's vision is, that communities provide safe and nurturing environments for orphans and other vulnerable children (particularly those affected and infected by HIV/Aids) within their communities of origin.
Our mission is to build the capacity of the Msunduzi (Pietermaritzburg) and Richmond communities in the Midlands of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa to respond to the basic material, physical, cognitive and emotional needs of their orphans and vulnerable children (OVC). We do this by: Training volunteers on various issues related to the provision of home based care and support to orphans and vulnerable children (OVC's) Allocating a community volunteer to care for and support each household Monitoring and supporting our volunteer teams as they provide care and support to each household Providing support for those households identified as being in dire need of emergency assistance Providing access to professional welfare services and counselling Facilitating access to fee remissions, social grants and other forms of government support Providing access to therapeutic programs and groups Supporting and developing community based Early Learning Centre's Facilitating the establishment of community based food gardens/kitchens Facilitating the establishment of volunteer driven income-generating projects Facilitating the establishement of savings groups With a staff of 20 and a team of 151 volunteers, Thandanani currently supports over 2608 children in 866 households across 17 historically disadvantaged communities. We also support 8 Early Learning Centre's within these communities and are currently facilitating the establishment of community based food gardens, food kitchens and savings groups within these communities.