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thabang children's project npo

Thabazimbi – who would ever have heard of this place in the lonely north of South Africa? 200 kilometers north of Johannesburg, near the border with Botswana, lies the municipality and is part of the province of Limpopo. The community is named after the Sotho phrase “Thaba ya Tsipi”, which means mountains of iron and refers to the iron ore mines in the local mountains. Here, the Mernschen are looking for work at the mines and many live in informal settlements of corrugated ironworks, when they find nothing better. Children grow up in dire poverty and need help early because their parents can not take care of them. In the immediate vicinity there are the most beautiful wildlife farms and national parks. Here, Viveka Ansorge and Martin Schulte-Frohlinde moved with their daughter Marlene from Berlin in 2005 whilst Martin’s uncle the German business man Egon Mauss provided the finances to build up the Thabang Children’s Project.

thabang children's home trust

The first houses were built in 2005, the first children were taken in and the first employees were hired in the THABANG Children’s Project. Today, the project, managed by Tessa White, is a well-established and well-known institution in Limpopo. As the “Child and Youth Care Center” registered by the Department of Social Development it now looks after about 40 children and runs a counseling centre in the “Smash Block” corrugated iron housing estate. More than 30,000 people live there, and poverty, unemployment and HIV are widespread. THABANG currently supplies about 300 households there and about 45 children in the so-called drop-in center, an afternoon care service for schoolchildren.

thabang foundation south africa

The THABANG Foundation South Africa supports the Thabang Children’s Project NPO continously. Board Members are Sarah Luthuli, Carel Jordaan and Viveka Ansorge.


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